Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
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.
There is some charm in watching Sunny Deol on screen — whether it’s an emotional hug with his father or a fight scene where he holds up the entire floor of a building with one hand.
You realise his value even more when you see him alongside his brother Bobby Deol in “Yamla Pagla Deewana”. While Sunny is assured and warm, Bobby is awkward and bumbling his way through his role.