Review of Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Priyadarshan had directed a number of successful comedy films in the recent past. That is why the film Mere Baap Pehle Aap had a lot of expectations. The story involves Paresh Rawal, the father meeting his teenage partner Shobhna. His son Akshay Khanna is also involved in romance. His friend Om Puri is also an old person, who is a divorcee and is in search for a girl for marriage.
Paresh Rawal brought up his two sons, Akshay Khanna and Manoj Joshi, after their mother died. But Akshay Khanna acted as the guardian of Paresh Rawal. Akshay Khanna got involved with Sheekha Kapoor who was his old college friend. Very siginificantly Sheekha Kapoor’s guardian was Shobhna, who was the college friend of Paresh Rawal.
Both Sheekha and Akshay tried to arrange for marriage of Paresh Rawal with Shobhna after knowing their past relationship. The entire climax was build on serio-comic angles.
The problem of the films lies with the lack of substance which can make people laugh automatically. Priyadarshan had provided quality films like Malamaal Weekly, where the comedy instincts originated from the innocence of villagers who were involved with lottery tickets. Even in the stories of Hera Pheri, the events related to the innocence of Paresh Rawal made the film interesting.
The performance of Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and others in Mere Baap Pehle Aap, were not that great, and the script was not too supportive also. The only hope is the general demand of the viewers for comedy films over the last few years. The audience expect Priyadarshan to direct better films in the future.
By: Rumi Chatterji.