Monday, September 03, 2018

Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se  

Triple Deol

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 Kaala to 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. To provide the glamour, such as it is, is a Gujarati doctor Cheeku played by Kriti Kharbanda. 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?

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