Reviewing the Reviews: Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 exasperates all around

10 Jun,2013

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2


Key Cast: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol

Directed By: Sangeeth Sivan

Written By: Jasvinder Bath

Produced By: YPD Films and Sunny Sounds


The exasperation was evident in every review. The waste of the Deol pater et fils combined stardom for a movie as stupid as Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which actually had some feeling nostalgic for the original, since Part 2 had even less merit. A filmmaker should worry if the best thing about his film is a man in a monkey suit. It takes a kind of talent to make a film so bad and the promote it proudly as if it were the best thing ever made, and then complain that the Deols never got their due because they are not good at marketing themselves.


If a critic was kind – Dharmendra has the power to invoke nostalgia – the film got 2.5 stars, otherwise 1.5 was the standard.


Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express commented, “The Yamla Pagla Deewana gang is back with a sequel, with more of the same. Papa Bear Dharmendra doing his senior conman act, Sonny Bear Sunny doing the good guy with macho muscles and soft heart, and Baby Bear Bobby doing what Bobby does. A plot that should shame a wafer by its thinness. Random characters popping in and out. And the only thing one can say in its favour is that it is not as terrible as the first.”


Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu ranted, “Yamla Pagla Deewana seems like a script that could have been written by that drunken monkey from the film in sheer defiance of art. We know that the Deols can be really funny. If the first part was somewhat passable, it was because it packaged Dharmendra nostalgia and the feel-good factor of the casting. Here, the idea of manufacturing nostalgia involves Dharam singing ‘Yeh Dosti’ with a monkey. It instantly makes us sad to see a veteran actor of his calibre reduced to this caricature of a man he used to be. So when Johnny Lever does a Don spoof in the same film, we realize that the joke is not on Sholay but on Dharmendra, just like the joke was not on Don but on Johnny Lever.”


Anupama Chopra of The Hindustan Times was scathing. “Even the collective charm of the Deols can’t make this drivel palatable. It’s exhausting, loud and so cheerfully moronic that it hurts.”


Saibal Chatterjee of panned the film saying, “Those that have been through the first round of the Yamla Pagla Deewana shock treatment might be forgiven for thinking that it couldn’t get any worse. Think again. The sequel is double the pain. It scrapes the very bottom of the barrel. Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 is much worse than brain-numbing. The screenplay jumbles up a few songs, some action scenes and a string of vapid comic gags and then dumps it all into a messy mix that makes about as much sense as Garam Dharam’s pow-wows with the mute ape. You’ve got to be yamla, pagla or deewana, preferably all three, to grasp what is going on.”


Sukanya Verma of all but gnashed her teeth in rage. “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, 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 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.”


Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-day was relatively mild. “This string of a script, tried to be accessorized by largely heard-before gags and two orangutans, doesn’t really work. The Deols, Dharmendra especially, are endearing as usual. But they or to some extent even the director, Sangeeth Sivan couldn’t do much with the clear lack of thrill or funnies in the script.”


Tushar Joshi of DNA wrote, “The Deols madeYamla Pagla Deewana watchable because we bought their tomfoolery and goofiness that seemed enjoyable and natural. But the second part is laced with so many ridiculous moments, dialogues, sketchy characters and unflattering camera angles that you hope the family has a better hold of the franchise the next time around.”


Rajeev Masand of was not too harsh. “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. It’s a pity the jokes run out faster than your popcorn does.”


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  1. guest says:

    this is not a review of the reviews – it is cut & paste of the reviews.