Mere Baap Pehle Aap


Mere Baap Pehle Aap

Cast:Akshay Khanna, Genelia D'Souza, Paresh Rawal, Om P
Music: Vidyasagar
Director: Priyadarashan
Producer: Raman Maroo

In the first five minutes of Mere Baap, Pehle Aap, director Priyadarshan sets the bar painfully low. We begin with an item number in which Om Puri, playing a 50-something bachelor who is desperate to get married cavorts on a beach with nubile women who sing, khali bali, main hoon kunwari kali.  This cuts to a scene where he is looking at photographs of potential wives.  He dismisses one saying: iski expiry date paas hai.  For another, he comments: Yeh accha piece hai. At this point, I thought: well, at least it can’t get worse.  Of course it does.  Mere Baap is the remake of the hit Malayalam film Ishtam, about a loving son trying to reunite his widower father with his lost love.  Obviously a lot was lost in translation. The story had potential for comedy and heart-warming drama.  But Priyadarshan and his cast rework it into a crude, loud, singularly unfunny film.  The lead actors—Paresh Rawal and Akshaye Khanna—seem to be on auto-pilot and even the divine, National award winning actress Shobhana is reduced to a prop.  Mere Baap is cinema as Chinese torture.  Steer clear.
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