There was really no reason to make a sequel to two really bad films that may have done well because of the fan following the Deols have, but did them no credit. Certainly not to Dharmendra, who ought not to tarnish that legend status he has achieved, just because the gossip mags once labelled him Garam Dharam and he thinks it’s cool to play an old Romeo.
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se, directed by Navaniat Singh, scrapes the bottom of the barrel for laughs, and after making fun of Sumo wrestlers and getting an orangutan to paint in the earlier film, that barrel is wearing thin.
In the third film, Deol father and sons play characters different from the last two YPD installments, but stay strictly within the chalk circle they have drawn for themselves. So Sunny Deol playing Puran, a vaid, gets to halt trucks with his bare hands, and beat up hoods (“ek vaid se avaidh kaam karwa rahe ho?” he quips), Bobby Deol plays his good-for-nothing brother Kaala, who gets to do a drunken scene like his father did in Sholay (the self-referencing is beyond vain), while senior Deol plays a wise-cracking lawyer and tenant of the brothers, paying a pittance as rent.
A crooked pharmaceutical manufacturer, Marfatia (Mohan Kapoor) offers Puran tons of money for a traditional, cure-all panacea (vajrakavach) that he has, but is turned down. So he uses the ol’ honey trap trick, getting Cheeku (Kriti Kharbanda) to ensnare a besotted Kaala and steal the formula. Marfatia then patents it and sues Puran. So who would come to the rescue but the tenant?
A plot with some potential for comedy, but the writers and director get just plain lazy, complacent in the knowledge that fans (North Indian, mostly, so a lot of Punjabi bragging and some Gujarati dissing) of the stars will watch the film regardless of its puerile content. Stars like Rekha, Shatrughan Sinha, Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, make friendly appearances, which just underlines the goodwill the Deols have in the film industry, so why can’t they just make better films?
Director: Navaniat Singh
Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kirti Kharbanda and others
About Yamla Pagla Deewana – Phir Se
Stars like Rekha, Shatrughan Sinha, Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, make friendly appearances, which just underlines the goodwill the Deols have in the film industry, so why can’t they just make better films?
Posted on Aug 31, 2018
Deepa Gahlot is one of India’s seniormost and best known entertainment journalists. A National Awardwinning film critic, Deepa has watched more movies and theatre than most people in the country. An author of several books on film and theatre, she has had an extremely successful run as head of theatre and film at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, during which she helped nurture several original productions. For Xyngr, Deepa Gahlot reviews theatre and cinema.