Orangutans, sumo wrestlers, and movie references - Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is replete with gimmicks of every kind. And yet the viewer will find themselves asking, 'Where's the fun?'
They're in Benares, but crooked as always. The aim of our father-son duo Dharam-Gajodhar (Dharmendra-Bobby) remains 'apna sapna money money'. They trick good-hearted son Paramveer (Sunny) into lending them money.
And with this cash they scoot to London, introducing themselves as the wealthy Oberois. The idea is to try tricking one Sir Yograj (Annu Kapoor) into marrying his daughter to Prem (Bobby).
Trouble starts when Yograj hires Paramveer as his manager and introduces him to 'The Oberois'. The cat-and-mouse game begins with a love triangle thrown in.
Meanwhile, Anupam Kher in a blonde wig appears as the klutzy villain who wants to build the world's eighth wonder - a gravity defying universal mall. He hopes not just to be amar (immortal) but Akbar and Anthony as well! (Getit?)
Johnny Lever appears on screen spoofing Shah Rukh Khan's stutter. (Interestingly, much of the first half is spent fawning over Salman's Chulbul Pandey.)
An orangutan who reads 'Understanding Humans' and hates being called a monkey joins in.
Meanwhile, Paramveer has another direct conversation with God who instructs him to set his father and brother on the right track.
The finale is weak, filled mostly with predictable action. You have Sunny roar like a lion and his scream is enough to take care of the bad guys.
Now for the humour. The central recurring gag is to spoof/reference other movies.
So you have the eccentric villain ask, 'Kitne aadmi the'; you have the orangutan featuring in a Yeh Dosti song with Dharmendra; a female primate dancing to Sheila ki Jawaani and so on.
Plus you have the juvenile humour revolving around the villain's assistants and jokes making fun of art.
Some spoofs like the Oberoi Pranam (a take-off on the Sahara Pranam) are hilarious. But these witticisms are few and far between.
The unintentional humour is omnipresent. Like when goons enter a nightclub and no one thinks of calling the cops. Or the painting fiasco that fetches our crooks millions of pounds.
Director Sangeeth Sivan (Kya Kool Hain Hum, Apna Sapna Money Money) falters in the film's execution, letting clumsy moments slip through the cracks.
The chemistry between the Deols, which was the strong point of Yamla Pagla Deewana, is missing in the sequel.
Plus the brothers are let down by the styling. Sunny, dressed vapidly in muted colours, looks overweight and is awkward in most scenes except the action.
Bobby could've looked better, too, with a better haircut to begin with.
And so, the scene-stealer remains Deol Senior - Dharmendra. Despite the character being a crook, he puts in a touch of endearing likeability to the role.
The girls (Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva) are competent.
Sadly, the film doesn't work - neither as a comedy nor as a moral science-infused family drama.
The Yamla Pagla Deewana gang needed to be madder and wackier the second time around! What's the point, otherwise?
Rating: 1.5 stars