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 Mere Baap Pehle Aap
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 Vidyasagar, Tauseef Akhtar
 Akshaye Khanna, Naseruddin Shah, Shobhana, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav

Mere Baap Pehle Aap Movie Review

June 13, 2008 1:59:48 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
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There is a clean look to this film; the comedy and the dialogues have no double meaning, a relief when you know every writer wants to cash in on 'sexual innuendos'. The acting is never 'over-the-top' say for a few actors and the timing in most scenes is just perfect. Yet, there is that extra something that takes the fizz out of this Priyadarshan flick. And it is easy to lay your finger on this irritant; it's the long length of the film.

I wonder what the editor, and director was thinking when they agreed upon this almost three-hour long fare. It's like an artist painting a good picture and not knowing where to stop, thus negating the impact of his great visual. It's like you are so in love with your work that you are constantly giving a few dabs of paint touch-up here and a few dabs there, which ultimately takes away the beauty. Same here with Priyadashan; had he called 'cut' after two hours, this here would have been a much different film. You cannot stretch humour for so long that the audience in the theatre wait for the film to end. When that thought crosses your mind, you know that the director has goofed up.

The film begins on a funny note and maintains the 'just in line humour' throughout thus eliciting laughs from the audience. The performance from Paresh Rawal, Akshaye Khanna, Rajpal Yadav and Genelia D'Souza is what good comedies are made of. The timing between these actors is perfect. Akshaye surprises with his comedy, while Genelia is a revelation. To hold your own against the likes of Paresh Rawal and Om Puri takes a lot and this girl comes out unscathed.

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The picturisation of songs and capturing of mood is first rate. The colours used and the elements framed in the lens is eye-catching. The songs are not that great but the music is peppy.

The movie is all about Janardhan Wishvanbhar Rane (Paresh Rane) and his son Gaurav (Akshaye Khanna). Rawal has single-handedly brought up his two sons, while one is married; Gaurav is like his father, always berating his dad for goofing up and keeping him away from his friend Madhav Mathur (Om Puri), who apparently is bad company. The 60-plus Mathur is always on the lookout for a young bride to get married. Mathur's to be wife had apparently ditched him during his 'saath pheras'.

The father-son relationship is beautifully captured. Both Paresh and Akshaye complement each other in this endearing relationship that sometimes borders on insanity. Add to it Mathur's influence that always finds his father in trouble. Shikha (Genelia D'Souza) completes the love interest in the film.

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