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Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive review - Watchable for the irreverent humour and performances!

Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive review - Watchable for the irreverent humour and performances!

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By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 27 February 2016

Movie Title

Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive review - Watchable for the irreverent humour and performances!

Director

Abhishek Sharma

Star Cast

Manish Paul, Pradhuman Singh, Sikander Kher

This Osama Bin Laden lookalike is singing songs in the bus, miffed at being mistaken for a beggar. He is spotted by Sharma (Manish Paul) who, in his desperation of escaping the family legacy of frying jalebis, is escaping to Mumbai to find his filmi calling.

Seeing the lookalike called Paddi Singh (Pradhuman Singh), Sharma has an epiphany. He pitches an idea for a movie to the “Shetty sisters” (also producers of this movie, a neat inside joke) about a movie on Osama Bin Laden also presenting the lookalike actor. His idea is green-lit, and it turns out to be a hit. Sadly the film’s hero (Ali Zafar) soaks up all the credit for the movie’s success leaving Paddi and Sharma fuming. Somehow they manage to wriggle their way into the film’s sequel, but then comes the news that Osama Bin Laden has been put down by the American troops.

Meanwhile “somewhere in somewhere”, Osama’s men are busy with Olympia-E-Dehshat, where the participants are frolicking about playing games like ‘Landmine Jump’ and ‘Grenade Throw’, several of them getting blown up in the process. The news of Osama’s death strikes the extremist wing hard, and their makeshift leader (Piyush Mishra) wants to somehow show the world that Osama is alive.

At the same time, American President Obama is going through a crisis. While America is hailing him for killing the dreaded terrorist, they are also asking for proof that he is indeed dead. Obama’s right-hand, a CIA man (Sikander Kher) disguises himself as an NRI Punjabi producer and goes looking for Paddi Singh. The idea is to shoot a fake video of the encounter with Paddi Singh playing Osama Bin Laden.

So there you have it— three different parties after the Osama lookalike, and for various reasons. One party wants him alive and the other wants him dead. What happens next forms the crux of the movie.

Manish Paul is superlative as the ambitious, crafty film director always looking for a shrewd solution to problems. Pradhuman Singh, also the film’s dialogue writer, is a treat as the simpleton Paddi Singh who is wanted by both Teams Osama and Obama. Sikander Kher is a riot in his role of an American CIA agent, and as the Punjabi Hollywood producer out to get Paddi Singh. Piyush Mishra makes for a hilarious terrorist leader.

Director Abhishek Sharma— he also directed Tere Bin Laden in 2010—lays on the gags one after the other. The fact that one powerful group wants a character alive, while the other equally powerful party desperately wants the same character dead could have been unendingly funny.

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The film does have its share of genuine laughs. Sharma’s obsession with all things Hollywood is hilarious, as is Sikander Kher’s boisterous Punjabi producer act. The self-deprecating portrayal of the always-silent Shetty sisters and Ali Zafar singing a song about his six-pack abs is also superb. The film is as acerbic in its portrayal of America as it is in the portrayal of the extremist outfit. However there are an equal number of comedic portions that are either repetitive or fall flat.

But the irreverent humour from the first installment still remains and the strong cast (several actors repeated from the first one) is an added bonus. Watch it for the performances, the interesting story, and a few laughs.

Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive review: 3 stars

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