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    Default Yamla Pagla Deewana review: A Hindi movie of Deol family

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    The biggest and most-awaited film of the year, Yamla Pagla Deewana, is going to be released on 14th January 2011. This upcoming comedy-drama has been directed by Sameer Karnik. Besides giving direction, he jointly produced the film with Nitin Manmohan under the banner of Top Angle Productions. The theatrical trailer was released on 5 November 2010.

    Movie goers’ people can see the whole Deol family coming together once again after the success of Apne back in 2007. Legendary Bollywood actor, Dharmendra, and his two sons Sunny and Bobby Deol are the main attraction of this film.

    The title of this film has taken from a song “Mein Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana” of movie Pratiggya stared by Dharmendra.

    Cast and crew:-

    Dharmendra as Dharam Singh

    Sunny Deol as Paramveer Singh Dhillon

    Bobby Deol as Gajodhar Singh

    Kulraj Randhawa as Saheba

    Nafisa Ali as Maa

    Anupam Kher as Joginder Singh

    Johnny Lever as Jeweller

    Puneet Issar as Minty

    Emma Brown Garett as Mary

    Sunny and Bobby Deol play the male lead roles while Dharmendra plays the role of their father. For the female lead role, not a familiar actress has been chosen. Kulraj Randhawa will play the female lead role. Emma Brown Garett will be seen playing the role of Sunny Deol’s wife.


    The story of Yamla Pagla Deewana tells the story of a man who is searching his family that got separated from him. Paramveer Singh Dhillon played by Sunny Deol is an honest NRI working as a bank loan recovery agent in Vancouver, Canada. He lives with his mother, his Canadian wife Mary and two sons.

    When his mother decided to give divorce to her husband because of their personal problems, one night suddenly her husband took the younger son and disappeared. To find his father and younger brother, Paramveer Singh Dhillon decided to go back to India.

    Both father and younger son live in Banaras and they are biggest con-men here. They make people fool and take the advantage of their foolishness. Dharam has been adored by women of his age because of his good personality and style, but he doesn’t believe in love. His younger son, Gajodhar played by Bobby Deol has same habits like his father but he gets nervous in the company of women.

    It will be funny to see that how this family comes together through comedy of errors.

    The music of this film is composed by Pyarelal, RDB, Nouman Javaid, Anu Malik, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahul Seth, and Sanjoy Chowdhary.

    The interesting news is that Dharmendra has written one of the songs of this film. It is yet to be known which one he has written.
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    Director: Samir Karnik
    Banner: Top Angle Productions
    Writer: Jasvinder Singh Bhatt
    Cinematagrophy: Kabir Lal, Binod Pradhan
    Editor: Mukesh Thakur
    Music: Pyarelal, Anu Malik, RDB, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahul Seth, Sanjoy Chowdhary
    Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Anupam Kher, Nafisa Ali, Johnny Lever, Puneet Issar, Kulraj Randhawa, Himanshu Mallik, Sucheta Khanna, Emma Brown Garett

    Grade: A – Wah! Kya Film Hai

    After the melodramatic APNE in 2007, Dharam paji ka pariwar is back together in Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana once again. And the outcome, well I never thought I would be able to say this about a Samir Karnik film – BRILLIANT. The film doesn’t fail to entertain for one single moment and the audience are definitely in for a wonderful laugh riot, a rarity in Hindi Cinema nowadays.

    Story: The story starts with Ajay Devgan providing the voice-over about the films of the seventies where the family splits under very unusual circumstances and everyone is reunited once again for a Happy Ending (the footages of B.R. Chopra’s Waqt, Nasser Hussain’s Yaadon ki Baarat and Manmohan Desai’s Amar Akbar Anthony are shown). Understandably, this is supposed to belong to that cliched genre, yet a successful seventies Hindi Cinema formula.

    Paramveer Singh Dhillon (Sunny Deol) is a Indian settled in Vancouver (Canada) with two kids, a foreign wife and mother (played by Nafisa Ali). He is leading a happy and comfortable life except that he does not know the whereabouts of his father Dharam Singh (played by Dharmendra) who runs away with his brother Gajodhar Singh (played by Bobby Deol) during his childhood.

    One fine day, a family who newly moves into his neighbourhood visits them and one of the members from the family recognises Dharam Singh from the photograph hanging on the wall. He complains that he was robbed by this man when he was in Benaras not less than six months ago. So, Paramveer sets off to Benaras to find his missing brother and father.

    The rest of the story is about how he finds them and how he tries to reunite his family with a to be solved brother’s love story problem which leads to event after event that has everybody in splits.

    Performances: The story had enough scope for all the lead cast and nowhere in the movie would one feel that the Deols were forced into the script. Each one delivers thir best. It was a respite to watch the veteran Dharmendra (our He-Man) back on screen with a bang. Dharampaji delivers a brilliant performance which includes a lot of funny one liners.

    Sunny Deol was at his usual ease with the character of a Sardar. There is no yelling of dialogues that we usually get to see in his performances. Sunny Deol understood his role well and delivers a subtle and niche performance. All his soft dialogues are well compensated by his macho fights, not to forget the scene in the climax where he just shouts and the goons begin to fly.

    Bobby Deol was very good as both a conman and lover boy. He is absolutely comfortable when acting alongside his brother and father. The re-enacting of the tanki scene from Sholay and the Gabbar style scene are nice.

    Kulraj Randhawa (Saheba), whose earlier works were only in Punjabi makes a neat and clean debut and she is at ease.

    Anupam Kher as Joginder Singh is simply brilliant. A wonderful role for the veteran performer after a long time and he makes sure that the audience love this Sardar’s character absolutely. His scenes with a revolver in his hand at all times are simply superb.

    Johnny Lever does a cute little cameo and he is impressive. Sucheta Khanna (Poli), the heroine’s brothers and their friend Binda (played by Amit Mistry), Emma Brown Garett (as Mary), the two kids and Puneet Issar are all good.

    Technical Aspects: This is not a new story and since the story involves the Deol pariwar, the audience might feel they know what they are in for. But, let me tell you – you will be surprised with what you will get. Instead of an action-packed melodrama, director Samir Karnik wields a wonderful comedy and the audience are sure to walk out of the cinemas with a sense of satisfaction.

    The music was good with the title song standing out. Cinematography and screenplay are decent. Editing could have been better. Fights are both hilarious and filled with action. Watch out for the luka-chupi episode in the climax – wonderful.

    This Lodhi, watch Yaadon ki Baarat and Amar Akabar Anthony the Andaz Apna Apna style.

    Word of Advice: Do not miss it!

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    Default Bobby lets Yamla Pagla Deewana down

    here is a scene in Yamla Pagla Deewana where Sunny Deol wears an Incredible Hulk tee-shirt. This is symptomatic of the film's biggest, most glaring problem: it does everything in fatally flawed measure.

    Bobby Deol is given the film's most actor-heavy role, Dharmendra vanishes for long stretches of time and Sunny, well... suffice it to say that the Hulk should wear a Sunny Deol tee.

    For he's still got it. From those legendary two-and-a-half kilo hamfists -- making his Macbook Air look like an iPhone -- to that genial, wonderfully warm grin, big brother clearly is still big brother, shouldering the show all his own. In his early 50s, he can still charm the screen as an immensely likeable Sardar -- but unfortunately this isn't a Sunny Deol film.

    It's an all-Deol film, which isn't necessarily a bad thing (let us try and forget Apne for a moment, yes?). The trailer was a hoot, and many of us looked forward to the promised self-spoofery. Unfortunately, the trailer is all Yamla Pagla Deewana has to offer, the film itself nowhere near funny or clever enough to warrant a recommendation. It's a drag, with long unfunny stretches of Bobby-ness, and the sad truth is that it could have been such a blast.

    Prior to YPD -- one of those films far less entertaining than the songs they are named after -- director Samir Karnik has helmed films like Kyon Ho Gaya Na, Nanhe Jaisalmer, Heroes and Vaada Raha, a collection of turkeys this latest film would feel quite at home alongside.

    Starting with a weathered montage of lost-and-found shots, the film clearly wants to be a spoof but perpetually, exasperatingly, stops short of full-on farce by getting mawkish, emotional and even weepy.

    Sunny Deol, married to a Canadian blonde who can curse with Punjabi relish, comes to Benares to hunt out his scamster father and younger brother. Bobby and Dharmendra don't quite believe him, but Sunny's muscle makes him a convenient ally, and the three join forces. Then the film descends first into Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge territory, wrapping up eventually with a Priyadarshan-style slapfest.

    A scene from Yamla Pagla DeewanaAs said, Bobby's the big disappointment here. The least charismatic of the men, here he's given the traditional hero role, and if his Gajodhar looks laboured chewing paan and being all bhaiyya -- since he isn't no Amitabh B -- things get even worse after he falls in love and tries to do a Raj -- and he most certainly ain't no Shah Rukh . He tries really hard, but this has to rank up there with his worst ever performances.

    Dharmendra has some embarrassingly awful lines, but nostalgia-tinted glasses ensure one looks upon the 75-year-old kindly, even when he's boasting about his ability to break wind. Looking at the man is unnerving, however, India's [ Images ] best looking leading man of all time now reduced to a jurassic caricature, an exhausted lion with very creepy teeth.

    The supporting cast is made up of a bunch of familiar faces, helped along by the pleasant Kulraj Randhawa as the leading lady and Mukul Dev as a drunken boor who is oddly laconic. To be fair, the film's second half does rustle up a few scenes of momentum, but this is a nearly three-hour film and we all deserve better. As do the Deols.
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