Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Movie Review by Taran Adarsh


The Deols are back! And this time they promise double the fun, double the masti and dhamaal, double the action, double the masala and entertainment… The pressure to deliver a stupendous hit is apparent when one attempts to carry forward the franchise. Every aspect of that movie has to be bigger and better than the earlier part. The Deols too carry the baggage of enormous responsibility on their broad shoulders. One expects the trio [Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol], who tasted success with APNE and YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, to take giant strides with YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2.

YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 maintains the spirit of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, but has a new story to tell. It’s a new setting too. Furthermore, a new director [Sangeeth Sivan] gets the responsibility to helm the project this time. In addition, YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 introduces additional characters, besides bringing in an Orangutan for a pivotal part. The focus, obviously, is on unabashed entertainment, loads of laughter, amusement and thrills.

The Deols are known for their charm and star appeal and Sivan and writer Jasvinder Singh Bath try hard — very hard, in fact — to ensure that the trio charm their way into our hearts yet again. But they don’t! YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 depends largely on the fun quotient and one expects the goings-on/episodes to keep us smiling/laughing for most parts. But barring a few sequences here and there, the humor falls flat. One doesn’t mind inane or frivolous situations as long as they keep you hooked, but the writing is slapdash and the impact, therefore, is missing.

The escapades take place in London this time. Paramveer [Sunny Deol] is entrusted the responsibility of giving a face-lift to a club owned by a tycoon, Yograj Khanna [Annu Kapoor]. Meanwhile, Dharam [Dharmendra] and Gajodhar aka Prem [Bobby Deol] have set their eyes on the tycoon’s wealth and arrive in London. The plan is to get Gajodhar married to the tycoon’s daughter Suman [Neha Sharma]. But Paramveer, the honest and principled son of Dharam, proves a road-block…

One expects YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 to be a roller coaster ride from commencement to conclusion. The writer runs his imagination wild and laces episodes that are wacky and ludicrous, but stretches it too much this time. The problem is that the writer tries to cram too much into one film, but the episodes lack the power to grip you. Sure, the writer and director know who the target audience is, but the fun quotient that you expect from the film is missing. To give the credit where it’s due, the Deols do manage to transcend the flaws at times, but the best of actors cannot charm you non-stop if the writing is dreary and uninspiring.

While the first hour of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 lacks the punch, one hopes fervently that the post-interval portions do the trick, like the first installment did. The ‘Q’ episode seems fascinating initially, but fizzles out later. Ditto for the sequences involving the Orangutan, which could’ve been a laugh riot. The characters portrayed by Anupam Kher – Johny Lever – Sucheta Khanna are far from comical too. The fight with Sumo wrestlers towards the closing stages too gives the term illogical a new meaning. Seriously, with a lackluster script on hand, there’s little that Sivan or the Deols can do to salvage the show.

YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 has a strong Punjabi flavor and that’s evident in its soundtrack as well. Unfortunately, barring the title track, the songs are plain ordinary. Action constantly gives you the feeling of déjà vu. Cinematography is eye-filling.

It’s a pleasure to watch the Deols in a frame. Nor can you question their dedication. The trio left an impression in APNE as well as YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA. But YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 doesn’t tap their potential to the fullest. Fans of Sunny Deol will love him when he roars or bashes his opponents with his dhaai kilo ka haath. Bobby gets a number of sequences to prove that he’s an all-rounder and he does quite well. However, the scene stealer is the veteran Dharmendra, who retains the child-like quality and wins you over.

Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva add to the glam quotient. Anupam Kher, Johny Lever and Sucheta Khanna try hard to contribute to some laugh-out-loud moments. Annu Kapoor is passable, but the English accent looks fake.

On the whole, YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA-2 rides on the star power of the Deols and of course, its brand. That may attract the spectators initially. But, eventually, it’s the content that does the talking and in this case, the lackluster script plays a spoilsport!


  1. DABANGG_NIINJA 8 years ago

    Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Opens Well

    Friday 7th June 2013 11.30 IST

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 had good opening of around 60 on average. The opening in Delhi/UP was very good and East Punjab was excellent with 80% plus collections. West Bengal and Mysore opened to low collections of 30-35%.

    However the film has not a great release with less screenings than the film would normally have due to the super success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Even the single screen release is not great due to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani being booked for two weeks at many places.

    The film is likely to do better in North and Central India markets where the opening is best but with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani emerging a blockbuster it is not really a solo release for Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 so the reports become even more important as the weekend business will not be as strong as it would have been without the compeition.

  2. SYED IMRAN 8 years ago

    the deols were expected to tickle our funny bones with their humour and charm as was done by them in the prequel.. but this time they are let down by no sense nonsense type jokes which hardly makes you laugh..whenever you expect the scenes to be funny, you get some very plain crude jokes whichare not funny… sunny deol is fit as usual and the only saving grace of the film.. he still looks good and can appear in good actions films…age has taken a toll on dharmendra’s health, he not to be blamed for that…bobby deol still has not learnt any acting and gives the same wooden expressions.. music is so so…to be honest there are quite funny scenes involving johny lever (imitating srk, very funny), dharmedra (raymunda scene with neha sharma) but that hardly compensates for the rest of the film… I liked the first part, but this time sangeeth sivan has made a mess of it which he is fanous for… they must have given the sequel responsibility to a capable director…strictly below average movie….2 stars out of 5

  3. aryan 8 years ago

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  4. aryan 8 years ago

    Review by Sukanya Verma

    Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is unimaginative and tedious to watch

    Calling Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 a joke would amount to a compliment. And I am in no mood to extend such courtesy.

    The purported comedy with a little less than half a dozen Deols on board — Dharmendra [ Images ], sons Sunny and Bobby, daughter-in-law Lynda (it’s her story) and grandson Karan (as assistant director) is a 155-minute long giant bore.

    It’s not like the first one in the series was paradigmatic of Deol togetherness but at least it had *some* storyline and camaraderie. Also, the humour, which mocks their individual images or takes light-hearted digs at the Santa-Banta/’Canada [ Images ]’ milieu provided the Sameer Karnik version genuine hilarity.

    But the sequel, directed by Sangeeth Sivan, is unimaginably insipid and tedious. And no orangutan, dragon, unicorn or dinosaur can rescue a mess like this.

    There are, I counted, three witty (read mildly funny) lines in all of YPD2. And there’s a good chance, you’ve heard all three (featuring Dharmendra, of course) in the promo.

    What you get instead are a bunch of stale gags by wobbly caricatures even as you pointlessly wait for something droll to happen.

    * Sunny Deol [ Images ] screams like a woofer speaker and 30-40 baddies in black suits take off like airborne Mary Poppins.

    *He also takes on half-a-dozen Sumo wrestlers and juggles them about like bagels; it’s all very nauseating, never-ending.

    * Bobby Deol [ Images ] and Neha Sharma [ Images ] bond over Salman Khan [ Images ]’s movies and giant cut-outs. (Psst, Neha: Prem naam hai mera is Prem Chopra [ Images ]’s punch-line not Bhai’s.)

    * Bobby Deol, again, channels one of Johnny Depp’s [ Images ] stylish beard and hat look to pass off as a pseudo artist who looks up Salvador Dali on Google.

    * He calls himself Q so that the makers can squeeze in jokes like Qunique that nobody laughs at.

    * Two orangutans, one’s called Einstein, the other wears a pink tutu skirt (also jokes nobody laughs at), burn the grass floor to the beats of Sheila ki jawani.

    * Annu Kapoor speaks in a fake British accent that makes Katrina Kaif’s [ Images ] fake Hindi accent sound good.

    * Kristina Akheeva speaks in a fake Hindi accent that also makes Katrina Kaif’s fake Hindi accent sound good.

    * Johnny Lever [ Images ] and Sucheta Khanna treat YPD2 like a Halloween costume party and show up every few minutes dressed up like super heroes, martial artists and movie characters.

    * Anupam Kher [ Images ] addresses himself as Dude, looks like a bad cross between Jeff Bridges [ Images ] (in The Big Lebowski) and Lucius Malfoy and mouths inanities like, ‘Mainland China phone karo, Bruce Lee ke pote Dead Lee ko.’

    * Other than its amateurish logic and moronic action, the screen is devoid of any chemistry or vigour in its wit.

    Dharmendra spends most of his time in the backyard, taking a swig of whiskey from his hipflask, twiddling his thumbs, looking bored in a movie that neither uses nor celebrates his whimsical comedian.

    He deserves better than this claptrap. And if it’s not too much to ask, so do we.

    Rating: One and Half.


  5. aryan 8 years ago

    Review By Komal Nahta

    Sunny Sounds Pvt. Ltd’s Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 (UA) is the second film in the Yamla Pagla Deewana franchise. Dharam (Dharmendra) has two sons, Paramvir (Sunny Deol) and Gajodhar (Bobby Deol). While the elder son, Paramvir, is fruitfully employed in London, Dharam and Gajodhar are con men in Varanasi in India. They meet Sir Yograj Khanna (Annu Kapoor) from the UK and, mistaking him to be a wealthy businessman, try to get close to him. In fact, Dharam asks Gajodhar to woo Khanna’s daughter, Suman (Neha Sharma), so that he can marry her and become the heir to Khanna’s wealth. Gajodhar changes his name to Prem and romances Suman.

    Dharam and Gajodhar even land in London with the same ulterior motive, where they meet Paramvir who realises that he had erred in believing that his father and brother had given up their con lives. Soon, Dharam and Gajodhar are in for a rude shock when Khanna tells them that Suman is his adopted daughter. His biological daughter, Reet (Kristina Akheeva), organises painting exhibitions and she is attracted to Paramvir. Since Dharam wants to usurp Khanna’s property, he asks his partner-in-crime, Gajodhar, to now woo Reet. For this, he cooks up a story about Prem having a twin brother, Q (Bobby Deol), who surfaces to romance Reet. Q introduces himself as a painter so that he can come close to Reet instantly.

    Q is about to be exposed in front of Reet when he can’t paint but Einstein (Aidan Cook as monkey) comes to his rescue. Meanwhile, Paramvir helps Khanna re-establish his club at the opening of which he (Khanna) invites Q as he takes him to be a celebrated painter after people become teary-eyed on seeing his painting (which is actually done by Einstein). Paramvir gets drunk at the club opening and is about to expose his brother and father.

    Does Paramvir expose his family? Does Reet remain loyal to Paramvir or does she fall prey to Dharam and Q’s plans? Do Dharam and Q/Prem/Gajodhar do anything to remove Paramvir from the way? Who is Joginder Armstrong (Anupam Kher) and why does he send men to fight Khanna and Gajodhar?

    The film is designed as a comedy but the tragedy is that it hardly has any comic scenes which can make the audience laugh. The story, written by Lynda Deol, is weak and too scattered to make any impact. It also moves on so many tracks, several of them rather ridiculous, that the impact gets further diluted. The screenplay, penned jointly by Jasvinder Singh Bath and Lynda Deol, is tame and very childish. For one, scenes come one after another without much concern for continuity. Secondly, the comedy in the scenes just doesn’t come across. Thirdly, Prem/Q’s attempt to woo Suman first and Reet later is so blatant that even a dumb ass would understand that something is fishy but yet, Khanna seems to be clueless about the plotting and planning. Why, Khanna doesn’t even doubt it when a twin brother of Prem is introduced out of the blue. Even Paramvir’s reactions to the actions of his father and younger brother are so silly that the viewers are left wondering about who is the hero of the drama. Paramvir’s drunken scene is embarrassing as are so many scenes of Dharam and Gajodhar. The scene in which Prem rattles off a dialogue containing names of films starring Bobby Deol is outright childish. The angle of Joginder Armstrong is so half-baked that it comes as a shock to the audience when it is given so much importance in the climax. In fact, the entire track seems to have been added to lead the comedy film to an action-filled climax. Although so much is made of Q’s painting (actually done by Einstein) that whoever sees it becomes emotional, the audience is simply not shown the painting. Nothing could be more ridiculous than this!

    In other words, the two writers have made a complete mess of the screenplay. Romance is as good as absent, comedy is terribly weak, family emotions are almost non-existent, and even the action scenes lack thrill, except for a couple of them. Dialogues (Jasvinder Singh Bath) are dull.

    Dharmendra does a very average job. Sunny Deol is not at all in his element and actually looks embarrassed doing some scenes. Bobby Deol fails to make a mark and seems to have been in a hurry to finish his work. Neha Sharma is alright. Debutante Kristina Akheeva looks pretty and acts well. Annu Kapoor is unable to make the audience laugh. Even Johny Lever’s (as Bunty) comedy more often than not falls flat on its face. Sucheta Khanna is nice as Babli. Aidan Cook will be liked by the kids for his antics as a monkey. Anupam Kher overacts to the hilt. Mukul Dev (as Gyani), Gurbachan Singh (as Akhtar Mian), Aditya Raj Kapoor (as Mr. Oberoi), Amit Bathija (as Harry Johal), Alessia Burchkard (as the hooker) and the others provide absolutely ordinary support.

    Sangeeth Sivan’s direction is outright silly. He and the script writers have done a lot to make the drama so ridiculous that the audience would disconnect quite early on. Music (Sharib-Toshi) is quite good. Kumaar’s lyrics are in keeping with the film’s flavor but it seems weird that Gajodhar, who stays in Varanasi, should sing a song with Marathi words like ‘chaangli’ in it. Choreography (Bosco Caesar) is okay. Raju Singh’s background score is ordinary. Neha Parti Maityani’s cinematography is of a good standard. Peter Hein’s action and stunt scenes would appeal to the masses, mainly the front-benchers. Sets (Muneesh Sappel) are alright. Editing (Chirag Jain) is so-so. Production values are very nice.

    On the whole, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is a dull comedy show and will, therefore, meet with a tragic outcome at the ticket windows. The producers have made a neat profit after selling off the worldwide theatrical rights (to Stellar Films), satellite rights (at a hefty price) and other rights and also thanks to the subsidy they will recieve from the UK government, but the worldwide distributors will not be lucky enough to cover their costs.


  6. Author
    sputnik 8 years ago

    Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Movie Review by Rajeev Masand

    Rating: 2 Stars

    June 07, 2012

    Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Annu Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Neha Sharma, Kristina Akheeva, Johnny Lever, Sucheta Khanna

    Director: Sangeeth Sivan

    It’s not even a key moment in the film, but the image of Dharmendra and an orangutan riding a scooter, swaying joyously to the tune of Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge, is a fair representation of the standard of comedy in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. This intentionally harebrained sequel sees the Deols reprise their characters from the 2011 hit, but the laughs are fewer this time around because the novelty’s worn off and a strong sense of déjà vu hangs over the film.

    Posing as a baba on the ghaats of Benares, con artist Dharam (Dharmendra), with the help of his son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol), fools unsuspecting disciples into parting with their riches. When they encounter wealthy London businessman Sir Yograj Khanna (Annu Kapoor), the father-son duo pose as millionaires themselves, and hatch a plan to wed Gajodhar with the rich man’s daughter (Neha Sharma). But their operation is nearly derailed by Dharam’s older son Paramveer (Sunny Deol), who is shocked to discover that his dad and his brother are still up to their old tricks.

    The film’s potpourri of mad characters includes a self-obsessed villain named Dudeji (Anupam Kher) and his pair of costume-coordinated sidekicks (Johnny Lever and Sucheta Khanna). There’s also that previously mentioned orangutan, named Einstein, who develops a fondness for alcohol courtesy of Dharam, which in turn brings out the artist in him. Such is the puerile writing that in one of the film’s low points, Dharam recruits a female orangutan, dressed in a hot pink mini skirt and matching push-up bra, to seduce Einstein so he might be inspired to paint again.

    To be fair, not all the humor is as tasteless, although it is consistently low-IQ. There are a few laughs to be had, particularly in the film’s first half via Dharmendra, who’s clearly having a good time delivering some cheeky lines and a handful of nudge-wink in-jokes. Sunny Deol, for his part, repeats the same ol’ shtick – he can vanquish an army of weapon-wielding ninjas but he can’t so much as confess his love for a girl. Bobby Deol nicely complements his father in the comic scenes, but his Salman Khan-fan routine is uninspired.

    Directed by Sangeeth Sivan, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 isn’t all bad, but at 2 hours and 35 minutes it’s overlong and repetitive, and doesn’t offer anything particularly original or inventive in terms of comedy. I’m going with two out of five. It’s a pity the jokes run out faster than your popcorn does.


  7. Author
    sputnik 8 years ago

    Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 Movie Review by Anupama Chopra


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