In De De Pyaar De, Ajay Devgn plays a man whose age in real life – 50 – matches his screen age. This should hardly be unusual, but it actually is in a film industry that has witnessed vastly older male actors paired with vastly younger talent without irony, passing themselves off as virgins, college students or young adults. Devgn has played some of these characters, so kudos for attempting what in Bollywood parlance is a “mature role”.
Akiv Ali’s movie might have been truly radical if Devgn’s character wasn’t a successful and youthful investment banker in London who boxes in his spare time, has a ridiculously toned body (which is displayed at least twice) and every quality associated with a young man in the throes of young love. While Devgn’s Ashish is 50, let the record further state that his intended is 26-year-old Aisha (Rakul Preet Singh).
Despite the story playing out London, the pair is Indian enough to react to their growing attraction with consternation. People might think that I am in it for the money and you out of lust, Aisha says. Your idea of tomorrow is very different from mine, Ashish wryly tells Aisha. This is actually a generation gap, says Ronak (Jaaved Jaaferi), Ashish’s therapist friend.