Poet Gulzar some decades ago said: Pyar ko pyar hi rehne do koi naam na do (Let love remain as it is don;t name it). We have come far far away from such subtleties.
Even physically our film maker Akiv Ali takes us to London to tell his tale. It is about a middle aged 50 plus affluent man Aashish Mehra (Ajay Devgn) and his love tale with a girl Ayesha (Rakul Preet Singh) who is the age of his daughter.
In fact, it is the latter who woos the rich businessman with a no holds barred approach after she gate crashes into a bachelors do. The chemistry is instant if acidic. Soon the generation gap is overcome and the principal players are in a physical relationship. Obviously since the film is a Bollywood mainstream product there is need to justify why an Indian girl is a bartender in London, there must be a lot of reel time before they are shown getting close.
Aashish is however rich and has a ham doctor for a friend in Dr Rajesh (Javed Jaffrey) who cautions him that the girl is out to hook him permanently. When he finally asks him what next, the guy admits that he is not yet ready for a committed relationship. He has tucked away in India a wife Manjana (Tabu), a son and a daughter. His daughter is of the age of the gal with whom he is in a relationship.
A minor rift, out of sync song in the background, a few tears and the romantic pair that part catch up again. This time round he decides to take her to his family and make her his new wife.
Enters the family which includes the wife, the about to be married daughter Sonia Balane who has not moved out her Peeku character in ‘Bade Ache Lagte Hain’ and is outright rude and wants her father to be no part of her impending engagement.
There is usual clash between the wife and the girl friend. What could have been a fine comedy a la some thing like ‘Pati Patni aur Woh’ turns into high voltage drama, a debate on comparing matrimony with automobiles and the gals comparing new models to old and about how an old car is better and more reliable than a new.
While you may find the content of this debate poor, the actors Rakul and Tabu carry it with style. Finally, for strange reasons we have people who give in to their children for a live-in relationship but fault their parents for not living together and the father wanting to remarry. Where does Aashish finally settle: with wife Manjana or girl friend Ayesha? Watch the film for the answer.
In all fairness the film could have been far better than it is. As stated, the filmmaker could have made a nice tongue-in-cheek look at matrimony or a bold tale on changing relationships by eschewing its trivial takes and pushed the debate. He decides to ride two horses and falls in the process.
Rakul Preet Singh as the seductress is fashion walking. She tries a tad too much. She of course has the meatiest role and does make good use of the opportunity. Ajay Devgn is a fit choice for the guy who plays his age and carries a poker face expression. He does not overdo his job. The predicament is well enacted.
Tabu is a class act. You only feel disappointed that she is in the film only after half the narrative is done. She is quality and class. Look at her sense of timing in comedy. One yearns for more and that is the hallmark of a great artist. This is a mixed bag. Good in parts. Could have been far better.