First things first. Mere Baap Pehle Aap should never have been promoted a a Comedy (if it was, et al).
But Priyadarshan is a celebrity director now. People expect nothing from from him but a comedy. He has to live upto the pressure of delivering a comedy everytime he weilds the megaphone. So that image of his acts as a barrier to this endearing concept, which could have been made into a very delightful film.
So we have Om Puri and Rajpal Yadav acting as eternal buffoons (as usual when they do a Priyadarshan film), with added attraction in the form of Archana Puran Singh as the loud bad-mouthed cop given forceful dialogues with cheesy abuses to make the audience go haha!
Now here’s the one-liner synopsis :
Shikha (Genelia D’souza) and Gaurav (Akshaye Khanna) embark on a rib-tickling journey to arrange a marriage between his father, Janardhan Wishvanbhar Rane (Paresh Rawal) and her guardian, Anuradha (Shobana).
There is no need of any comedy in such a plot. It could have been made into a social romantic drama with a good focus on the care The son has for his father and a mild satire on how society wants to interfere everywhere.
But Priyadarshan being the COMEDY KING now has to insert comedy here, making every character just trying to make laugh. That’s it!
But whats ironical is that the first 40 mins of the film were nowhere in sync with the story. And that’s where Audience enjoyed the most!
And as the movie settles down and comes to its gist, I saw people getting bored. I mean, if Priyadarshan by chance gets to read this review somehow, he needs no more signals as per what I Want to say.
The first half was enjoyable alright. (especially if you are with your friends, as I was), although it was too forced at times.
and then being Being a Nostalgia-struck soul, I liked 2nd half as much. Paresh rawal was really good in a few scenes where he remembers his first love. Also, There are some really good moments when Akshaye Khanna and Genelia try to bring the couple together.
The direction was a bit confused, but still 2nd half was more to-the-point than the 1st half.
Sad to see most of the film felt 1st half was good, when actually it was not related to the film et al.
The climax again looked a bit hurried, but The film is still not a bad watch. I just wish Priyadarshan had not cared for the market appeal for once.
Special mention to the one liners. God knows how they think of such dialogues. Some of them were really hilarious.
Akshaye Khanna did a good job (he looked a bit old in a few scenes), while Genelia was inconsistent in her performance (she looked too cute)
Manoj Joshi was too good in his brief role, just like Naseer-ud-din Shan.
Sad to see Shobana getting wasted so cruelly. Rajpal Yadav must have developed a habit of getting wasted now.
Final verdict :-
Mere Baap Pehle Aap is one of the better films Priyadarshan has made in last few years. But He could have done much better a job without the fixation for comedy which he doesn’t seem to get rid of, even if he wants to.
Rating - **1/2