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Yamla Pagla Deewana 2: Insanity overload

June 7, 2013

In Sangeeth Sivan’s “Yamla Pagla Deewana 2″, the bankruptcy of ideas and creativity is so obvious that the director knows he has to resort to another hit film and franchise to try and crack a few lame jokes. So Bobby Deol and Neha Sharma fall in love over their mutual love for Salman Khan and his “Dabangg” films.

The fact that even Salman Khan’s name cannot retrieve this film from the depths of mediocrity should tell you something. Sivan resorts to all forms of toilet humour and slapstick comedy, with characters such as a whisky-drinking chimpanzee and a villain called “Dude”.

He even tries to reprise the “Sholay” magic with Dharmendra in the desperate hope that something – anything – will click with the audience.

Dharmendra plays Dharam, a conman who lives in Benares with his son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol). Dharam tries to live as dishonest a life as he can, and poses as an industrialist and a holy man by turn, hoping to con a rich businessman into marrying his daughter to Gajodhar.

His elder son Paramveer (Sunny Deol), on the other hand, is a hard-working, God-fearing man who makes an honest living in the UK and dutifully sends his father and brother money every month. When he finds out what they are up to, he vows to teach them a moral lesson.

This is a sane version of the story. The actual version involves Bobby Deol trying to do an Amol Palekar in “Gol Maal”, a chimpanzee who creates million-dollar art, and two female leads who seem to have the IQ of a chimpanzee. There is also Johnny Lever who appears as one-half of a crime team called “Bunty aur Babli” and countless other gags which are guaranteed to give you a splitting headache at the end of the three long hours that you will spend in the theatre.

I can find absolutely nothing positive to say about this atrocity of a film. Unless you are such a huge fan of the Deols that you can watch anything on screen, avoid this one at all cost. Those are three hours of my life I am never getting back.

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