Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Tere Bin Laden: Average but harmless fare
Abhishek Sharma’s “Tere Bin Laden” is a sporadically funny but badly made film that tries a little too hard to draw out laughs from the audience and fails for precisely that reason.
The plot revolves around a young Pakistani reporter Ali whose biggest dream is to go to America and make it big but after an incident on a plane involving a knife, he is deported back to his homeland.
Desperate to go back, he strikes a deal with an immigration agent who promises to get him a visa but the catch is he has to pay a huge fee.
Thinking he has arrived at a dead end and under pressure from his boss, Ali spots Noorah, a poultry farmer who bears a striking resemblance to Osama bin Laden.
Ali hits upon the idea of making a fake Osama video and selling it to his boss and gathers a motley group of people, including a make-up artist, an RJ and a Saudi Arabian immigrant to help him. However, when the video releases worldwide, the repercussions of his actions finally hit Ali.
The film is made tackily and lacks any production values whatsoever. The humour is contrived at times and funny moments are few and far between.
However, the pace of the movie doesn’t slacken and that means that even if you aren’t laughing, at least you aren’t bored out of your mind. At the same time, you can’t help feeling jokes about things like bombing Afghannistan and shooting missiles at innocent people aren’t all that funny.
Of the cast, Ali Zafar is quite likeable as the confused Ali but a talented actor like Piyush Mishra is stuck with a badly written role as Ali’s buffoon of a boss.
A word here for Pradyuman Singh as Noora/Osama and his make-up artist for making him look remarkably like the al Qaeda leader.
This is a relatively average film so if you are looking for a few laughs and nothing more, then give this one a chance.