‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ movie review: Vidya Balan, Pratik Gandhi wow in this tale of diminishing returns in relationships

A scene from ‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’

Striking a delicate balance between humor and sentimentality, Do Aur Do Pyaar tugs at the audience’s heartstrings with its relatable characters and thoughtful storytelling.

Challenging the notion of whether love alone can keep a couple together, the film presents marital disputes and resolutions with both empathy and finesse. Director Shrisha Guha Thakurta accurately captures the essence of sophisticated, urban romances without casting judgment or demonizing anyone, embodying Groucho Marx’s famous sentiments on matrimony with subtlety and insight. The intimate dynamics among the characters remain palpable and emotionally authentic as the story unfolds.

Ani Banerjee (Pratik Gandhi), from Bengal, and Kavya (Vidya Balan), with her Tamil roots, navigate the middle phase of their love marriage. Though sharing a bed, their emotional and physical connections have waned. Both seek affection and intimacy elsewhere: Ani with up-and-coming actress Nora (Ileana D’Cruz) and Kavya with renowned photographer Vikram (Sendhil Ramamurthy).

Adapted from Azazel Jacobs’s The Lovers (2017), a spark rekindles between Ani and Kavya, risking the stability of their outside relationships.

‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ (Hindi)

Director: Shrisha Guha Thakurta

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

Run-time: 137 minutes

Storyline: A married couple rekindles their romance amidst their external affairs

The script, penned by Amrita Bagchi, Eisha Chopra, and Suprotim Sengupta, draws from the charm of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s genre to reflect on everyday scenes that oscillate between humor and introspection. The writers weave an evocative narrative, sprinkling it with symbolic references and apt commentary on topics like dietary choices, age, and cultural clashes within a marriage without leaning into overused clichés.

The film refrains from vilifying Nora and Vikram or reprimanding Ani and Kavya’s secrecy, instead presenting their affairs as human responses to life’s twists. Both characters struggle with their personal losses, seeking comfort in the arms of others. The script shines by focusing on these poignant slices of life, rather than adhering to a formulaic plotline.

The cast energizes the narrative, seamlessly handling moments of levity and vulnerability. Vidya Balan once again showcases her versatility as Kavya, navigating the character’s sensuality and frustrations with finesse. Pratik Gandhi impresses as the quintessential everyman who holds back as much as he gives in his relationships. Sendhil brings depth to the role of a man searching for stability, and Ileana captivates as the aspirational yet endearing Nora.

As the audience starts to ponder the complexities of the characters’ lives, the filmmakers choose to conclude the journey, wrapping things up on a resolved note.

‘Do Aur Do Pyaar’ is now screening in theaters.

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