Mere Baap Pehle Aap – The ‘Priyan’ formula works again!
Posted by harino1 on June 18, 2008
Whenever a Priyadarshan film comes around there’s always some good amount of laughter that’s guaranteed with the likes of Paresh Rawal , Rajpal Yadav and much more. When it comes to Priyan it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a ‘Kumar’ or ‘Khanna’ rather it’s the name ‘Akshay(e)’ that matters.
Janaradhan [Paresh Rawal] has spent his life bringing up his two kids, Chirag [Manoj Joshi] and Gaurav [Akshaye Khanna]. Now when the duo has grown up, Gaurav takes up the responsibility of his father. They both manage the household chores and their business to the best of their abilities. Though he is the younger son, he treats his father like his son. Gaurav shouts, threatens, fights, even locks up his father occasionally so that his prankster-friend Madhav [Om Puri], who is desperate to get married, does not spoil him.
Madhav and Janaradhan, who are always in search of a bride for Madhav, forever land up in trouble and every time Gaurav has to bail them out and face the embarrassment.Gaurav starts getting prank calls from a girl who turns out to be his old college friend Shikha [Genelia D’Souza]. Shikha is staying with her guardian Anuradha [Shobhana], who happens to be Janardhan’s first love.
Gaurav and Shikha notice changes in Janaradhan and Anuradha’s behaviors when they come face to face after many years. They come to know about their past. Now Gaurav wants his father to get married to his lost love. Of course, the path is not so smooth, there are obstacles.
Mere Baap Pehle Aap is a complete time pass venture. Priyadarshan is very clear that he isn’t out to become a Madhur Bhandarkar or Amole Gupte and take away accolades. Priyan establishes his connect with the masses and is no doubt the good luck charm for all his producers.
Mere Baap Pehle Aap takes off as a complete laugh riot. The sequences and flow of events are so well executed. No one does such sequences better than Priyan. His characterization is simply splendid. For those who have had a sensation that Paresh Rawal is overdoing his comedy bit, watch this flick.
Priyan just didn’t want to rely on comedy to run this flick but ropes in drama too. The drawback comes in here as he fails to sustain the length of the film which goes over 2hrs 30 mins. Except for the last 20 mins or so, the movie is tightly held and bound by Priyan’s style and brilliance.
Cinematography by Piyush Shah is a delight with the splendid locales of Goa, Kerala etc. The movie requires a little trimming.
Music by Vidyasagar blends well with the film. The ‘Ishq Subhanallah’ and ‘Maine Hawa’ are tracks out to become hits provided they are promoted well.
On the acting front, Akshaye Khanna fits the bill and excels with his expressions, dialogues and body language.
Genelia does well primarily with her expressions. She’s one heroine who is set to go places. No one besides Priyan could have given her such a meaty role.
Om Puri comes in as a revelation with comedy. The actor makes you giggle nonstop. Watch the interaction between him and Genelia at a mall. It’s hilarious. He is no doubt the best in this flick.
Paresh Rawal too excels with comedy and this time doesn’t look or sound repetitive. The sequences involving him and Archana Puran Singh are splendid. Do watch out for the combination of Om Puri and Paresh Rawal.
Rajapal Yadav surprisingly is barely there. Manoj Joshi is ok. Shobana impresses. Archana Puran Singh does well with her bit as the cop.
Mere Baap Phele Aap is the right mix for the family. It’s sure to make you either giggle or laugh for most portions. Priyadarshan proves it once again that he holds stron