After a long hiatus the Deols are back on screen with their masala entertainer "Yamla Pagla Deewana". The Deols have already been seen together once before in "Apne",thanks to Anil Sharma. The promos of YPD guarantees it to be an out & out laugh riot with a sprinkling of emotion & action sequences. "Apne" did manage to bring in the moolah though that was basically a tear jerker, so will YPD repeat the box office magic???
The story by Javinder Bhat doesnt offer anything that we havent been witness to.But then nowadays where is the novelty in stories..however in such a context its imperative that the script contains something to keep the audience hooked onto the screen. The movie starts with the usual old formula of siblings & parents being separated due to certain unavoidable circumstances like kumbh mela, divorce, villain's sense of justice etc etc. Here too, Paramveer Singh (Sunny Deol) is a Canadian NRI, settled with his mom & family; who has been on the look out for his father & bro separated from him owing to parental dispute. Eventually he traces them in Banaras & realises both of them are small time crooks.Though Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) refuses to acknowledge the truth, Paramveer stays on with the hope that he could change their characters & take them back. In the meantime, Gajodhar Singh (Bobby Deol) falls for Sahiba(Kulraj Randhawa), the only sister of 5 Punjabi brothers who are on the lookout for an NRI to marry her off. So will Sunny be able to convince them to change & will Bobby get the Punjabi kudi????
As I have already mentioned, the script has nothing new to offer & the first half just drags along except for a few comic sequences which too at times fails to create the intended effect. The second half which happens in Punjab definitely lifts the tempo & makes it for an enjoyable watch. Coming to performances, Sunny Deol as the gentle giant was spot on which doesnt mean Dharamendra & Bobby was any lesser. With evident references to Gadar, Dharam Veer, Gupt, Pratigya etc...the Deols create an absolute laugh riot & you cant help noticing the camaraderie they share even on screen. Sucheta Khanna as Poli, who has always been dreaming on getting married to a Canadian NRI was an absolute delight. Anupam Kher as Joginder Singh manages to get us into splits with his gun wielding stunts. Kulraj as Saheba didnt have much to do except look good & sing a few duets with Bobby.
The music by a host of people didnt have much to brag about though the title track "Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana" remastered from the yester year original track manages to grab our attention. However that is mainly because of the picturisation with trade mark dance moves of the protagonists. The editing by Mukesh Thakur could have been much better, as there are sequences in the first half which were a tad too long. Its a well known fact that there is no substitute for a good script, however I feel that a crisper first half could have ensured it a decent run in all centres.
Verdict: There is no qualms in admitting that the Deols have done their part & without doubt it will have a great opening in the single screens. Punjab, Bihar etc has traditionally been the bastions of the Deols & this time too the trend wont be any different . In short, it should reap profits for the producer though it wont be a huge hit. As for the advice to my friends, I doubt majority of us would like the movie so its better that you give this a miss unless you are a Deol fan!!!