Yamla Pagla Deewana Movie Review: Time Pass Fun

Yamla Pagla Deewana Movie Review: Time Pass Fun

Yamla Pagla Deewana suffers from the done-to-dogs story line and an insipid screenplay. But in spite of these drawbacks, the movie manages to entertain due to some good humor and the Deol charisma.

Story: Sunny Deol comes from Canada to India to look for his father, Dharmendra and his brother Bobby Deol, who have been separated from him during childhood. He finds them earning a living as thugs in the streets of Benares.  He wants to take them back abroad but before that he has to settle his brother’s complicated love-story by talking tough with the girl Kulraj Randhawa and her brothers. Finally, all’s well that ends well.

What works for Yamla Pagla Deewana: It is always a pleasure to see the trio, Bobby Deol, Sunny Deol and Dharmendra in one frame. They did it well in Apne, a few years ago. But while that was an emotionally driven subject, this is mirthful and more entertaining.  The Deols clearly rock the film, with the legendary Dharmendra at the helm. The goofy attempts to bridge the differences, the bonding between father and son Bobby Deol are the high points of the film. The locales in the film, which move from the beautiful hills of Benares to the greenery of Punjab, also add to the indigenous flavor.

The music of the film is also a notable mention, the item number ‘Tinku Jiya’ and ‘Jat Yamla Deewana (remix)’ being the ones to look out for.

What does not work for Yamla Pagla Deewana:  This movie is mostly brawn and less brain.  The script is choppy, the screenplay grates at times and the dialogues do not have the trademark Deol effect. However, the comic timing of Dharmendra and Bobby as well as various humorous situations definitely tilt the movie in the favor of entertainment despite the above shortcomings.

Performances in Yamla Pagla Deewana: All of the three heroes get to do what they do the best. Sunny Deol plays the gentle giant; Booby is a prankster cum lover boy while Dharmendra is a partner-in-crime and a chaddi-buddy.  The thespian is able to carry his act so effortlessly that he easily overshadows his talented sons in many scenes. Kulraj Randhawa does not have much to do in the film, but she does look gorgeous reminiscent of the Preity Zinta in her 20s.

To sum up: Yamla Pagla Deewana is an above average movie, recommended if you are a Deol fan and a time-killer if you do not have much to do.

Ratings: ***

Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD)

Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD)

Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD)

Yamla Pagla Deewana (YPD)


One Response to “Yamla Pagla Deewana Movie Review: Time Pass Fun”

  1. Shonit says:

    Totally agree with the review! I wanted to watch this movie as I have always been a fan of Sunny Doel, and the trio on one screen made it must watch for me. I felt that Dharmerndra’s character was written without a lot of insight and made the movie weak.

    If you look past the silly-ness in the script Sunny out does both the men in the family.

    (to the site owners) I really like what you are doing here. I would highly recommend that you keep posting reviews and please also add trailers from YouTube. The Indian Cinema deserves a clean no-nonsense website where people can (at peace) read reviews or like me watch the movie and then chime in. Along with YouTube trailers I also recommend posting some dialogs that stood-out, this will get your anonymous website readers to chime in.

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