Do Aur Do Pyaar

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The film is a metaphor for its subject matter—relationships. It starts with excitement and freshness, goes through a phase where the effort shows, and moves into a plainness, that’s simple but boring.

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Running time: 140 minutes
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Do aur Do Pyaar’s first half is so refreshing and pleasant that the second half, especially the last forty-five minutes or so made me sad. The charm and joy left the screen. The lightness blew away. The spark died.

That is the heart of the problem. That this film is 20 minutes over 2 hours, when it ought to have been 10 under, if not 20.

How? For instance, the writing adds flourishes to its protagonists' characters that are subtle and get you interested in them. They do feel like the man, woman, and couple next door. Yet, they have a quiet uniqueness about them. You want to know more. You notice that the supporting cast is not as detailed, but you don’t mind because enough is going on in the story.

But suddenly, it becomes too identifiable, too ordinary, too dreary. So much so that, you know they could end up in one of two ways as a couple. And you aren’t interested in either. From the feeling of, “Wow, not a single frame has been wasted”, in a matter of 10-15 minutes I transitioned to “When will this be over?” My heart broke as I realised this.

And none of this is because the actors lose steam. Ileana D’Cruz and Sendhil Ramamurthy, have less and less to do as the movie progresses, but they are present, they make you believe them and their actions. Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi are only a notch farther up. They do not lose their charm from minute 1 to 140ish.

That is the heart of the problem. The film is 20 minutes over 2 hours when it ought to have been 10 under if not 20. There is only so much of the philosophy, the metaphorical fireworks, the characters’ dilemma that you can watch on repeat. In its attempt to drive home the point, the makers unfortunately lose their audience which was not too long ago captivated.

- meeta, a part of the audience

24 reviewers(?) - 16 yays 6 so-so 2 nays

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Thumbs up, The Guardian : ...Nevertheless, Balan’s assured performance, in which her character speaks frankly about abortion and sexual pleasure, is an impressive avatar of modern Indian womanhood.... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Here is a rom-com which is funny and puckish, tender and savage. I really can’t find any flaws in this one.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikita Thakkar, Bollywood Life : ...Do Aur Do Pyaar is a sweet film to watch over the weekend with a tub full of popcorn, especially for married couples.... full review

Thumbs up, by L Ravichander, Deccan Chronicle : ...The lyrics of a song say: ‘Khwabonmein jo sochatha…’ that is that. I loved the simple film. Simple because it mirrors life without taking sides and deals with simple people. Go for it. Don’t miss tasting this slice of life. full review

Thumbs up, by Shambhavi Ranjan, Deccan Herald : ...Overall, the movie surely makes you laugh. But more importantly, it shows the institution of marriage in a new light and highlights the complexity of modern relationships. Read more at: full review

Thumbs up, by Lachmi Deb Roy, FirstPost : ...As for the performances, it looks like a Pratik Gandhi year. It is great to see his comic and romantic roles, first with Madgaon Express and now with Do Aur Do Pyaar. Vidya Balan seems to be in her full form. It is good to see her back in a rom-com. Vidya and Pratik’s chemistry work well on screen. And it is a welcome break to see, a couple in their late thirties-early forties having a flawed yet beautiful relationship. Hoping for more such realistic stories from Bollywood!... full review

Thumbs up, by Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times : ...Watch it for some easy breezy and endearing performances, and storytelling that’s simple yet so impactful.... full review

Thumbs up, by Bhavana Agarwal, india today : ...There is no wrong or right in this story. It is just emotions, both fleeting and constant. That is where Shirsha deserves applause. In times, when relationships are getting complicated, ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ is a reminder that maybe it’s not as complicated. It’s really about ‘showing up’ after all!... full review

Thumbs up, by, koimoi : ...Overall, the movie is a touching tale of redemption, loss, and love. Through its enthralling storyline and sincere performances, it highlights the complexities of human relationships and the value of communication in overcoming challenges.... full review

Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The dreariness of domesticity and the lure of liberating dalliance collide in Do Aur Do Aur Pyaar but not for a moment does the film adopt a moralistic stance on the married couple cheating on each other.... full review

Thumbs up, by TITAS CHOWDHURY, : ...Do Aur Do Pyaar will make you want to fall in love despite all its chaotic messiness. It’s a warm and fuzzy ode to love in all its glory and grime.... full review

Thumbs up, by Rashil Jogani, Pinkvilla : ...Do Aur Do Pyaar is warm and fuzzy, and is made with a lot of love. The film takes time to get its momentum but once it does, it's a pleasant ride.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Unpleasant ends are neatly tied as faith and fantasy come out on top. Clearly, Do Aur Do Pyaar is more attached to 'institutions' than Groucho Marx ever claimed to be.... full review

Thumbs up, by Pratikshya Mishra, The Quint : ...A film like this could’ve easily taken the easy way out but, till the very end, it focuses on its main characters – it focuses on the love Ani and Kavya once held close. Maybe their love lost its sheen once they ran out of things to fight against or maybe they forgot to keep showing up. But somehow, Ani and Kavya are always around. Their lives are so tightly knit together that a simple stepping away wouldn’t do it justice.... full review

Thumbs up, Times Now : ...The film's music complements its themes, adding emotional depth and resonance to pivotal moments. The soundtrack enriches the viewing experience, further immersing audiences into the world of Kavya and Anirudh.... full review

Thumbs up, by Dhaval Roy, Times of India : ...Do Aur Do Pyaar falters with its uneven pacing, especially in the latter half. Despite this, the stellar performances, humour-infused script, and beautiful visuals make it a watchable romantic comedy.... full review

So-So, by Rahul Desai, Film Companion : ...The endings isn’t perfect, but it comes close to confessing that this is no aspirational tale – it’s a film about compromised people making peace with their defects and choices. It’s a story about reluctant spouses and former lovers trying to survive the coercions of storytelling. And when all else fades, it’s a platform for Vidya Balan and Pratik Gandhi to hit the sweet spot between a feel-good tragedy and a feel-bad comedy.... full review

So-So, by Murtuza Iqbal, Filmi Beat : ...The songs in the film are strictly okay. Jazbaati Hai Dil surely grabs the attention, and yes, it is a treat to watch Vidya dance to Bin Tere Sanam Mar Mitenge Hum...... full review

So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Free Press Journal : ...Do Aur Do Pyaar is an easy breezy affair but it’s certainly not the best portrayal of finding peace and solace outside a toxic, rather a silent, relationship. The film is completely an aimless one. You will find better suggestions on OTT to binge watch.... full review

So-So, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Humans are strange creatures. They long for what they don’t have, and when they do get it, they don’t want it any more. This is the premise, and for a Bollywood movie, it’s new enough. Rekindling banked embers can be a thing. Again, something not done to death in our rom coms. When these strands are playing out, the film has a satisfactory sting, but it makes us wait for those bits.... full review

So-So, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...I will say that Do Aur Do Pyaar grew on me as it went along. It sticks to being a life-like, level-headed relationship drama. I was struck by how it never undermines the depth of emotion in any of the three relationships, leaving all romantic possibilities open till the last scene. I loved Gandhi’s deflecting, easily hurt Ani, and his scenes with the daffy, vulnerable Nora. It’s also nice to have a film that doesn’t try to soundtrack the audience’s every emotion—the score is mostly reduced to a short acoustic guitar figure reminiscent of ‘Blackbird’ that plays every now and then. Speaking of music, there’s a Lucky Ali track in there that’ll gladden the hearts of ‘90s kids. Sometimes all it takes to make everything seem right with the world is Lucky Ali humming for a few seconds before he starts singing.... full review

So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, : ...There are numerous predecessors to Do Aur Do Pyaar with varying approaches to morality in Hollywood, Bollywood and Indiewood. Guha Thakurta’s mission to treat marital ties differently is never anything but sincere. Cinematographer Kartik Vijay’s muted palette and intimate close-ups draw us towards the quartet of consenting adults. But banal dialogue, overly complicated plotting and nervousness at skewering the institution of marriage chase us away.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sameer Ahire, Movie Talkies : ...Just imagine this metaphor: “cheating someone who is already cheating you.” Who’s at fault? The one who’s cheating, or the one who’s also cheating, or both? And how can one not be sensible enough to see itself in the mirror before or while pointing a finger at someone? See, this conflict is tough to crack, and one needs a lot of brainstorming to make a go at it. Do Aur Do Pyaar isn’t that. No, not by far.... full review

Thumbs down, by SUPARNA SHARMA, The Week : ...Even this could have been turned into something interesting, but that’s a tall order for writers who can make extramarital affairs asexual and tiresome.... full review

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So-So, by Raj : Married couples falling in LOVE again

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A scene with a couple throwing things around during a fight.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Love making is alluded to and a couple lip-to-lips
  • Concept: A married couple and its affairs
  • General Look and Feel: A largely sepia tone, though doesn’t feel serious at least in the first half

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Running time:
140 minutes

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I agree, a lost plot & screenplay from frothy, frolic and fun to laboriously predictably mundane... and I agree - too long..!

Yep, yep, yep :)

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