Yamla Pagla DeewanaCast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kulraj Randhawa, Anupam Kher, Nafisa Ali, Emma Brown; Director: Samir Karnik; Rating: ***1/2

The trailers of Yamla Pagla Deewana got tongues wagging and expectations from this Deol dramedy were sky high. The father and sons are sharing screen space after their 2007 family drama Apne, which was a hit.

Canada. Family man Paramvir Singh (Sunny) lives happily with his Canadian wife Mary (Brown), two kids and mother (Nafisa). Mother misses Paramvir’s father who went absconding with their younger son Gajodhar (Bobby) to lead a life of crime and thievery. Paramvir promises his mother that he will bring his dad and brother from India to Canada.

Cut to Benaras. Paramvir meets Gajodhar, and eventually Dharam, who chooses to live in denial and refuses to believe that Paramvir is his son. You marvel at the ease with which they find each other, something atypical of Hindi movies. The introduction by Ajay Devgn with scenes from Yaadon Ki Baarat, Amar Akbar Anthony, etc acknowledges the reality of the great Indian family reunion. You know a happy ending is just around the corner. Surprising how kin find each other, but petty thieves Dharam and Gajodhar never get caught.

Cut to Punjab. Gajodhar’s love for Sahiban (Randhawa) takes the trio to Punjab and more madness follows with Sahiban’s brothers in tow. Eldest brother Joginder Singh (Kher) leads the bunch of eccentric Sardars, awed by the Canadian NRIs. Sunny and Dharmendra’s superb comic timing elicit most laughs and the humour clearly bears the Deol stamp. From Dharmendra’s Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana dance from Pratigya to Sunny’s hand-pump fight scene from Gadar, they mock it all. YPD is high on entertainment, never mind the mindlessness. If you’ve seen a few movies of the Deols, you will definitely enjoy YPD. To others the jokes might seem forced and unfunny.

The first half of YPD is a huge disappointment after all those promising trailers. But as the drama builds up, the fun gets better. The father and sons bravely take digs at one another; making the whole YPD experience enjoyable. It seems like director Samir Karnik had a lot of fun directing the Deols in this madcap comedy, but he could have done without the endless songs to cut short the running time.

Age is catching up with Dharmendra, but he makes full use of this opportunity to reach out to his loyal fans. Bobby is so excited to be around family, he overdoes his dialogues and expression, sucking the fun out of them. Sunny is undisputedly the best of the lot.

Remember the song Yaara O Yaara from Jeet and Sunny’s funny stomp dance? Yes, you watch him do it again! Also Dharmendra’s famous one-hand-raised-followed-by-the-other dance step.

The men overshadow the performances of the female cast. Randhawa is decent while Sucheta Khanna as Poli makes a mark with her Canada-crazy act. Nafisa doesn’t have much of a role.

Happy endings are inherent to Hindi films and the Deols save the best for last. Don’t miss the dramatic beginning either.

Source: DNA

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