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Yamla Pagla Deewana review: Emotions, laughs & the Deols

Movie:
Yamla Pagla Deewana
Director:
Samir Karnik
Cast:
Dharmendra,Sunny Deol,Bobby Deol,Kulraj Randhawa,Nafisa Ali
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The film sportingly takes a dig at its own story. The beginning shows us how Hindi films of the 1970s and 1980s never tired of recycling the separated-brothers plot. And then the film starts with its own tale of bichde hue bhai.

Except here, there's a peg-happy dad (Dharmendra) playing the lovable semi-villain. Called Dharam Singh, this thug lives with his younger son Gajodhar (Bobby) and the two make a dishonest living conning people. They unwind over drinks at the local bar (that's two item songs for you), and have a heart-to-heart once in a while.

Meanwhile Dharam's older son Paramveer (Sunny) lives in Canada with his mother (Nafisa Ali), a shrieking blonde wife and their two kids. The two families haven't met or spoken with each other since decades. But when Paramveer learns that his father and brother are in Benares, he sets out to unite the family.

On reaching Benares, he meets the father-son swindler team and to win them over, Paramveer turns a partner-in-crime. Meanwhile Gajodhar has fallen for cutesy tourist photographer Sahiba (Kulraj Randhawa, of TV serial Kareena Kareena), and has to face the wrath of her trigger-happy brothers in Punjab.

The story is simple enough, and effortlessly folds in the romance. The part where the two brothers con their way and begin living in Sahiba's house is reminiscent of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.

But Yamla Pagla Deewana is less about the film, and more about the Deol trio. It's not every day that a famous father-sons team plays real-life roles on screen (the Deols were last seen together in Apne, 2007).

And the Deols do exceedingly well. Each has a definitive role. Dharmendra's characterisation of a lovable rogue is a bit wonky even as he lustily hits on foreign tourists calling them "meri Madonna". But his charm is still undiluted and untouched by age.

Sunny Deol is in form especially in the superbly choreographed action scenes. These scenes, reminiscent of Rajnikanth-style action, have Sunny being hit with a metal rod and the rod breaking, and pots being flung at him which he breaks one-by-one.

Bobby has the comedic and romantic portions where he performs uninhibitedly. Kulraj Randhawa makes a confident debut and is a talent to look out for.

The portions where the film falters are the seedy item songs and the ODing on maa-behen swearing. The second half is stronger than the first, where the pace falters constantly.

Samir Karnik (Kyun! Ho Gaya Na, Nanhe Jaisalmer, Heroes) makes a film that could have been indulgent but is not.

It may not be the slickest film around, but it's got the emotions and the laughs. Worth a watch!

Verdict: 3 stars

 

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