Movie Review- Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se

The first two installments of the YPD franchise were happy to just put the three Deols, Dharmendra and his son’s Sunny  Deol and Bobby Deol together in one frame and let them fall prey to one set of slapstick antics after another. The second installment, if one remembers correctly, even took recourse to using the services of an orangutan to get the laughs going. So it comes as a pleasant shock to know that however convoluted it may seem, Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se actually has a plot.

It revolves around a Baba Ramdev meets Rambo character called Puran (Sunny Deol), who is equally at home at curing people by Ayurveda and yoga and at showcasing his strength by winning a tug-of-war with two tractors. Like the druid in  Asterix comics, he has a cure-all called Vajra Kavach, which he uses to treat everything from acne to impotency. Naturally, the pharmaceutical companies have an eye on it and want to use it to make super profit. Only, he isn’t selling the secret formula.  Pharma mogul Marfatia (Mohan Kapoor) dangles crores in front of his slacker brother Kaala (Bobby Deol) but the latter isn’t able to convince his elder brother either. The plot takes a turn when Marfatia gets the formula stolen from Puran’s house, patents the drug and then out of spite, files an intellectual property lawsuit against Puran. The film then becomes a fight between traditional knowledge and modern science. Puran is helped in his fight by Parmar (Dharmendra), his longtime tenant and lawyer who also happens to see apsaras, and whose speciality lies on charming the judges. Cheeku (Kriti Kharbanda), a Gujarati doctor, former student and Kala’s love interest, as also his Punjabi and Gujarati friends and neighbors too lend a helping hand. The film culminates in a courtroom drama, where the presiding judge (Shatrughan Sinha) happens to be his college friend and rival in love…

The film, written by Dheeraj and directed by Navaniat Singh, is a loud, loud comedy that does give you a smattering of laughs. Dharmendra’s antics on the courtroom floor are a delight to watch and his interactions with Shatrughan Sinha are actually the best thing about the film. The two seasoned performers are completely at ease in each other’s company, and hence good-naturedly play off each other. For a brief moment, we get transported back in time. Dharamji’s voice looked like it’s been dubbed by someone else as it lacks the characteristic swag we’ve been accustomed to over the years or it might just be age catching up. Sunny Deol still has oodles of screen presence but turning him into a one-man army at 60 plus seems to be pushing it a bit. Bobby Deol turns on the charm and gets the songs and the girl but isn’t given much to do in the film. That’s the case with Kriti Kharbanda as well. She’s pretty, has plenty of oomph but doesn’t really fit in with the scheme of things. She does have a drunken scene where she’s seen giving a piece of her mind to Dharmendra but one notices she knows she’s shouting at a legend.

The YPD franchise works because the masses still have a huge affection for Dharmendra and his sons. The Deols have taken note of the fact, however, that they can’t just sail on the strength of the goodwill alone and have put across a broad comedy aimed at their dedicated fans. Salman Khan’s, Sonakshi Sinha’s and Rekha’s presence in a medley of old songs picturised with new vim and vigor is another selling point for this old-fashioned yarn. Thankfully there are no monkeys in this monkey business this time…

Trailer : Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se

 

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