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06-07-2013, 11:26 PM #1
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (2013) Movie Review
The Deols are back! And this time they promise double the fun, double the masti and dhamaal, double the action, double the masala and entertainment… The pressure to deliver a stupendous hit is apparent when one attempts to carry forward the franchise. Every aspect of that movie has to be bigger and better than the earlier part. The Deols too carry the baggage of enormous responsibility on their broad shoulders. One expects the trio [Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol], who tasted success with APNE and YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, to take giant strides with YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2.
YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 maintains the spirit of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, but has a new story to tell. It’s a new setting too. Furthermore, a new director [Sangeeth Sivan] gets the responsibility to helm the project this time. In addition, YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 introduces additional characters, besides bringing in an Orangutan for a pivotal part. The focus, obviously, is on unabashed entertainment, loads of laughter, amusement and thrills.
The Deols are known for their charm and star appeal and Sivan and writer Jasvinder Singh Bath try hard — very hard, in fact — to ensure that the trio charm their way into our hearts yet again. But they don’t! YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 depends largely on the fun quotient and one expects the goings-on/episodes to keep us smiling/laughing for most parts. But barring a few sequences here and there, the humor falls flat. One doesn’t mind inane or frivolous situations as long as they keep you hooked, but the writing is slapdash and the impact, therefore, is missing.
The escapades take place in London this time. Paramveer [Sunny Deol] is entrusted the responsibility of giving a face-lift to a club owned by a tycoon, Yograj Khanna [Annu Kapoor]. Meanwhile, Dharam [Dharmendra] and Gajodhar aka Prem [Bobby Deol] have set their eyes on the tycoon’s wealth and arrive in London. The plan is to get Gajodhar married to the tycoon’s daughter Suman [Neha Sharma]. But Paramveer, the honest and principled son of Dharam, proves a road-block…
One expects YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 to be a roller coaster ride from commencement to conclusion. The writer runs his imagination wild and laces episodes that are wacky and ludicrous, but stretches it too much this time. The problem is that the writer tries to cram too much into one film, but the episodes lack the power to grip you. Sure, the writer and director know who the target audience is, but the fun quotient that you expect from the film is missing. To give the credit where it’s due, the Deols do manage to transcend the flaws at times, but the best of actors cannot charm you non-stop if the writing is dreary and uninspiring.
While the first hour of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 lacks the punch, one hopes fervently that the post-interval portions do the trick, like the first installment did. The ‘Q’ episode seems fascinating initially, but fizzles out later. Ditto for the sequences involving the Orangutan, which could’ve been a laugh riot. The characters portrayed by Anupam Kher – Johny Lever – Sucheta Khanna are far from comical too. The fight with Sumo wrestlers towards the closing stages too gives the term illogical a new meaning. Seriously, with a lackluster script on hand, there’s little that Sivan or the Deols can do to salvage the show.
YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 has a strong Punjabi flavor and that’s evident in its soundtrack as well. Unfortunately, barring the title track, the songs are plain ordinary. Action constantly gives you the feeling of déjà vu. Cinematography is eye-filling.
It’s a pleasure to watch the Deols in a frame. Nor can you question their dedication. The trio left an impression in APNE as well as YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA. But YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 doesn’t tap their potential to the fullest. Fans of Sunny Deol will love him when he roars or bashes his opponents with his dhaai kilo ka haath. Bobby gets a number of sequences to prove that he’s an all-rounder and he does quite well. However, the scene stealer is the veteran Dharmendra, who retains the child-like quality and wins you over.
Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva add to the glam quotient. Anupam Kher, Johny Lever and Sucheta Khanna try hard to contribute to some laugh-out-loud moments. Annu Kapoor is passable, but the English accent looks fake.
On the whole, YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 rides on the star power of the Deols and of course, its brand. That may attract the spectators initially. But, eventually, it’s the content that does the talking and in this case, the lackluster script plays a spoilsport!