Movie Review: 'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'

Jun 07, 2013, 17:18 IST | Shubha Shetty-Saha

This one's not a classic by any standard, but watch it once if the mention of Dharmendra brings a warm smile to your face

There are reasons other than their talent that the loyalists would want to watch this Deol clan together. It is the heart-warming simplicity that Dharam paaji stands for and one hopes that this reflects in the movies that he and his sons come out with. 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' had oodles of it, and this one has a fair share too.

'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2' review
'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2'

However, it is this very simplicity that seems to sometimes work against the film. Taking off from the first version of the film, Dharam (Dharmendra) and son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) are still conning people around. Even a child trying to con a mother into buying a candy seems like more hard work than what these two gentlemen seem to do, when they are hoodwinking the biggest and ‘smartest’ of businessmen. A weak script and a dull story (Lynda Deol) further add to the grief and all we are left with are a few smirks once in a while and a long boring lull in between.

Dharam and Gajodhar are out to dupe Anu Malik (totally miscast as a wealthy businessman in Scotland) of his money and for this Gajodhar becomes Prem to ensnare Malik’s daughter, Suman. (Direct reference to the Suman and Prem of 'Maine Pyar Kiya', In fact, large chunks of the movie seem like a tribute to Salman Khan). But Paramveer wouldn’t let them do so.

This string of a script, tried to be accessorised by largely heard-before gags and two orangutans, doesn’t really work. The Deols, Dharmendra especially, are endearing as usual. But they or to some extent even the director, Sangeeth Sivan couldn’t do much with the clear lack of thrill or funnies in the script. The girls Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva do their job of looking pretty.

The villain Anupam Kher (called Dude G for some reason) and his henchman Johnny Lever are ho-hum too.

However, one must add here that no one unabashedly owns up to their weaknesses and celebrates their strengths like the Deols do.

This one’s not a classic by any standard, but watch it once if the mention of Dharmendra brings a warm smile to your face. 

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