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Vidya Balan emerges the josh-jaan of Do Aur Do Pyaar – a realistic-quirky take on marital infidelity!

Along with Vidya Balan, the film stars Pratik Gandhi, Ileana D’Cruz, and Sendhil Ramamurthy.

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Do Aur Do Pyaar

Do Aur Do Pyaar

Director: Shirsha Guha Thakurta

Cast: Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi, Ileana D’Cruz, Sendhil Ramamurthy

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By Chaitanya Padukone

To modify an age-old adage for the just-released Do Aur Do Pyaar (DADP) movie one could say ‘All is fair in a love-centric verbal war! The ‘two-timing’ mantra of the movie also seems to be ‘eat-the-marital cake and have an outside-pastry-fling too but handled with mushy panache.

Debut director Shirsha Guha Thakurta (a prolific ad-filmmaker who in the past has also assisted the iconic veteran film-maker Ram Gopal Varma on a few films) brings in her own sensitivity with a quirky, humorous situational comedy touch. (Like for instance being allergic to the use of stainless-steel vessels in the kitchen or the egg-plant vegetable).

The film explores the complexities of modern-day relationships, and dicey dilemmas (“kisko apnaa kahoon”) that couples — in a marriage and extra-marital affair — go through, making this slice-of-modern life romantic comedy highly relatable.  The movie ‘DADP’ with its homely indoor scenes is a refreshing daring-deviating-departure from most of today’s movies that boast of brutal graphic violence action titillating item songs and oomph-oozing glamour.

Kavya Ganeshan (Vidya Balan) and Anirudh Bannerjee (Pratik Gandhi) are shown married for a dozen years, following three years of courting-dating.  Yes, the couple has their share of bitter arguments and tiffs. In a previous scene at a resto-bar, Kavya is shown asserting to Anirudh that it’s important to have bickering and arguments to keep any relationship alive. By that logic, it would imply that no communication gaps between the married couple.

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Strangely, both are simultaneously having a discreet extra-marital fling and looking for that right opportune moment to confess and admit their paramour connects. Kavya is fantasizing with a smart-dude mushy photographer Vikram (Sendhil Ramamurthy), who has left behind his stuff in the U.S. and wants Kavya to move in with him and even purchase a new sea-facing apartment.  Meanwhile, Anirudh has found love in Nora ( not Fatehi) aka Rosie (Ileana D’Cruz), a charming drama-theatre actress who at one stage even gets pregnant bearing his child While the emotional pressure continues to mount on the paramours to confess to their respective partners about their discreet relationships, Kavya and Anirudh are shown caught in the web of emotional dilemmas not knowing what steps to take next.  Despite the bitter truth that their marriage is on the rocks, they end up initiating intimate romance in a rather unexpected twist of events peppered with comical dialogues and situations. This is at hold-your-breath, at an outstation ( chilly hill-station) funeral of an aged grandfather. The director takes advantage of this otherwise gloomy mourning situation, to come up with frothy light-hearted fun scenes and witty banter, crispy dialogues between the Bengali damaad and and the staunch Tamilian parents-family with an authentic Southside ethnic flavor. How their relationship journey goes through its topsy-turvy U-Turns and rattling speed-breakers forms the pre-climax.

Whether it’s a euphoric rishta-banayenge-dobaara or a bitter ‘dasvidaniya’ (goodbye in Russian) climax, one should watch it on-screen.

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Senior yet evergreen versatile actress Vidya Balan delivers a par-excellence jaan-daar performance in her multi-layered character Kavya. The gripping scene where her father is driving her on the busy road after she hears of shocking break-up news and she loses both her patience and temper is like a mini-Master-Class in acting. Spontaneous Balan’s fans will love watching her dancing at the resto-bar and freaking out into an ad-lib retro-filmy dance.

Post his ‘Madgaon Express’ wacko comic role, Pratik as “Ani’ is a delight to watch, as he fluently essays his complex character with natural brilliance as he spars his acting talents on-screen with the seasoned Vidya.  Handsome Sendhil projects this sang-froid ( calm) aura to his fidaa-over-Kavya character and even though he speaks some of his English dialogues laced with humour, there are no on-screen Hindi subtitles. Because his facial expressions are so eloquent.

The winsome Ileana who plays Nora (not Fatehi) has her impactful moments and she shines in that scene. Where out of sheer desperation, she rushes out of her stage rehearsals, wearing her entire winged-get-up costume, to sit cozily with Pratik at a roadside dhaaba. Oblivious of log-kya-kahenge syndrome.

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Co-written by Suprotim Sengupta and Eisha Chopra, the rom-com film ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ is essentially about major cracks in marriages and marital infidelity also sensitively explores a father-daughter relationship and its bitter-sweet volatile complexities and offers plenty of heart-tugging moments of the filial sentiments.

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Do Aur Do Pyaar Dir. Shirsha Guha Thakurta (right) with Sr. journalist Chaitanya Padukone

Overall, the slick movie ‘DADP’ co-produced by Applause Entertainment and Ellipsis Entertainment Production is highly relatable and deserves a ‘dekho’ (despite some of its freaky scenes and flaws) and has been released today. Which is being marketed as celebrating ‘Cinema Lovers Day’!

The endearing classy ‘two-timing’ performances of the movie ‘DADP’ (based on Azazel Jacob’s The Lovers 2017) are bound to resonate with audiences and are backed by amazing background lyrical songs and awesome on-locations and indoor cinematography.

PS: Here’s a ‘BTS’ secret –The movie DoP — Kartik Vijay happens to be the real-life husband of director Shirsha Guha Thakurta and some of the impactful DADP scenes are apparently inspired by their real-life.

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