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Yamla Pagla Deewana – Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 16, 2011 | No Comments

Film – Yamla Pagla Deewana

Producer – Samir Karnik, Nitin Manmohan

Director – Samir Karnik

Writer – Jaswinder Bath

Cast – Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kulraj Randhawa, Nafisa Ali, Anupam Kher

Music – Pyarelal, RD Burman, Nouman Javaid, Anu Malik, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahul Seth, Sanjoy Chowdhary

The men of the Deol household came together for the first time onscreen and a hit in ‘Apne’ happened. This spawned another venture, this time a comedy, in Yamla, Pagla, Deewana. Directed by Samir Karnik and featuring the three Deols together once again, like the earlier film, this one too is made for fans and interestingly turns out a product that is strictly for fans.

This does not take away from the overall comic appeal of the film though. A lost and found story, Yamla, Pagla, Deewana in fact is a light-hearted film intent on giving a good time and having one while at it. Dharam Singh Dhillon (Dharmendra) abandoned his wife (Nafisa Ali) and elder son Paramjeet Singh (Sunny Deol), took his two-month old son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) and settled in Benaras to live a footloose and fancy-free life. Gajodhar grows up to a life of small-time thieving with his father as his trusted aide. Wine, women and odd con-jobs make up their world until Paramjeet enters it, looking to re-unite with his father and brother. An obstacle in Gajodhar’s love story provides a happy excuse for the family to fight and con together.

The film is built around age-old formulae of story and story-telling. The lost and found element however is not treated with the same drama of emotional manipulation of yore. It is patchy, hurried and long-drawn at the same time. It sacrifices plot definition for gimmicky moments but sails along on the breezy chemistry of the three Deol men.

The film hinges itself on comic interludes. It does well for itself within its limited scope. Bringing in standard song and dance elements, con-job vignettes and such it stitches together a film that tries hard to entertain while the story is something that happens on the way. This is not really helped with a poor technical performance of cinematography, editing, sound and directions. The performances of Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and debutante Kulraj Randhawa, make up for the otherwise tackily put-together film. The production values are distinctly compromised but the character cast of Anupam Kher, Mukul Dev, Sumukhi Pendse and Nafisa Ali take attention off it with their energetic performances.

The cast seem to be having fun which eases one into the proceedings. Otherwise, it could just be yet another entertainer trying too hard to be.

Fatema H.Kagalwala

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