Tere Bin Laden Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:55.3800000 IST


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Post 9/11, Bollywood has shown their big concern over the issue with films that were largely based on serious topics like Islamic terrorism, conflict between moderate and extremist Muslims approach and repercussions of it on Muslims in America. On the flip side, TERE BIN LADEN (meaning Without You Osama Bin Laden), breaks loose from this gravity and comes with format of dark comedy. Following the spate of Pakistani rock talents, this album brings out their youth sensation Ali Zafar in a multifaceted avatar of singer, composer cum lyricist and also as lead actor in this fun-loving flick. To everybody surprise, it has successful triumvirate of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L) as the lead composers with Dhruv Dhalla, Amitabh Vaghani and Ali Zafar, adding out as guest composers. As predicted from its quizzical title, it packs loads of whacky comical entertainment and demands set of situational background score to usurp the hilarious feel. Despite its low-profile, the film has been garnering limelight for its peculiar title with composers trying their first attempt at slapstick comical flick genre. Barring the exception of MY NAME IS KHAN (2010), this year has been low key affair for S-E-L and expectations are also bleak from this laugh-riot. It's also an acid-test for Paki rock talent Ali Zafar, who is all out for off-beat acting cum singer launch in the marquee. Can TERE BIN LADEN be the one desired musical success for immensely talented S- E-L? Does Ali Zafar have that bundle of talent that can make him newsmaker in coming days? Let's find out...

Abusive or Amusing! Cuss-words have found their way to film titles (KAMINEY -2009) and now sounds loud and high as next experimental mode of entertainment. Following the successful buzz of tracks like 'Ishq Kamina' (SHAKTI -2002) and 'Pappu Can't Dance Saala' (JAANE TU YA JAANE NA -2008), S-E-L compose weird sounding track titled 'Ullu Da Pattha' that works more on titillating youth audiences with its absurd wordings and funky electronic beat patterns. After delivering massy hit 'Chak De Phatte' (KHOSLA KA GHOSLA -2006), lyricist Jaideep Sahni rhyme and rhythms the wordings with almost similar sounding 'howlarious' arrangements that should be lapped in garish DJ parties. Ali Zafar makes his singing debut in Hindi filmdom with Shankar Mahadevan's thriving vocals giving it a thrust to make it a complete massy affair.

It's highly enthralled 'club' remix version is peppier in its jiving hip-hop sounds where electronic beat juggles and DJ spins adds to the disco feast.

The slapstick comical flavor gets maintained with humorous sounds, nonsensical voices and wishy-washy lyrics that make sporadic collage of affairs in situational sounding 'Shor Sharaba'. Dhruv Dhalla along with Amitabh Vaghani composes this disco-beat thrilling track that is high on funky beats, weird noises and sounds and works primarily as fun-filled background score track in the funny moments of the flick. Suraj Jagan makes an impounding presence of lively affair with Jaspreet Singh in loud tones but it's all-together a sound-oriented track that is expected to deliver pep-fizz for the lively comical moments.

After delivering impressive set of 70's thriller based tracks in JOHNNY GADAR (2007), S-E-L takes another experimental splurge into whacky composing and delivers the finest of soundtrack of this album in 'I Love Amreeka'. Jaideep Sahni's descriptive lyrics are amusing and content-oriented ('Zindagi hai high enlarge, Come on down get recharge, White house to the white castle, Burgers, babes and high on bill...), delivering out passion to be part of 'Amreeka' (America). Shankar Mahadevan's grounded voice plays stable platform for the proceeding along with sultry paced Anusha Mani and Akriti Kakkar, giving it a theatrical comical feel. S-E-L try their bid at comical genre and deliver out a decent performance with modestly paced arrangements. Like all previous tracks, it's a visual experience with all nonsensical happenings taking centre-stage in flows of hi-pitched sounds and beats.



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It has its share of double-meaning jokes but they aren't crude. There is an amusing scene in which a loyal cock sacrifices its life to save Noora (Pradhuman Singh) and turns into a tandori chicken. Also, when Majeed (Piyush Mishra) finds himself in a gutter, he asks if he has reached America.

It is not just the uproarious moments that make it shine. TERE BIN LADEN also has a good and innovative story weaved around Osama Bin Laden. Abhishek Sharma's direction is flawless.

The film scores high in the performance department. The casting is very apt. Debutant Ali Zafar is quite promising and confident. Pradhuman Singh is perfect. Credit must be given to the make-up artists, who make him perfectly resemble Osama Bin Laden. Piyush Mishra is incomparable. Sugandha Garg (who shot to fame with JAANE TU YAA JAANE NAA) is decent but she doesn't have much to do in the film. Chirag Vohra (as editor Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language) is impressive. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (as Gul, the cameraman) is competent. Rahul Singh (radio jockey Qureshi) is good and last but not the least Chinmay Mandlekar (as Barry John's sidekick) is entertaining.

TERE BIN LADEN is 'laden' with many humourous moments. It is by far the funniest film in recent times. A must watch.

Rating - 3.5/5



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Osama Bin Laden is a name that infuses trepidation because of his involvement in the 9/11 US terror attacks. TERE BIN LADEN is a film that will change the way people perceive Osama. It perhaps will even make Osama laugh if he ever gets to see it.

Pakistani singer Ali Zafar makes his acting debut with TERE BIN LADEN. He plays the role of Ali Hassan, a reporter from Pakistan, who wants to make it big in the US. No matter how many different looks he dons (funny), his visa is always rejected. One fine day, he comes across an Osama Bin Laden lookalike at a Mukabla-e-bang (a competition of cocks) and makes a fake video with him, to later sell it for a ransom. But what seemed an innocuous act lands him in trouble as an official named Ted (Barry John) from the White House is in his pursuit.

TERE BIN LADEN has a tight script. Right from the very first scene the mood is set. The tempo of the film is very consistent and moves at a brisk pace. At no point do you feel it is losing its way.

It tastefully takes a dig at America and Pakistan. There's a visa office named Lashkar-e-America in Pakistan. When Ted is asked his rationale behind attacking Afghanistan when he knows that Osama is actually in Pakistan he says he has 100 million dollars allotted for the mission and cannot use the entire sum in only consuming coffee.



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It has its share of double-meaning jokes but they aren't crude. There is an amusing scene in which a loyal cock sacrifices its life to save Noora (Pradhuman Singh) and turns into a tandori chicken. Also, when Majeed (Piyush Mishra) finds himself in a gutter, he asks if he has reached America.

It is not just the uproarious moments that make it shine. TERE BIN LADEN also has a good and innovative story weaved around Osama Bin Laden. Abhishek Sharma's direction is flawless.

The film scores high in the performance department. The casting is very apt. Debutant Ali Zafar is quite promising and confident. Pradhuman Singh is perfect. Credit must be given to the make-up artists, who make him perfectly resemble Osama Bin Laden. Piyush Mishra is incomparable. Sugandha Garg (who shot to fame with JAANE TU YAA JAANE NAA) is decent but she doesn't have much to do in the film. Chirag Vohra (as editor Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language) is impressive. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (as Gul, the cameraman) is competent. Rahul Singh (radio jockey Qureshi) is good and last but not the least Chinmay Mandlekar (as Barry John's sidekick) is entertaining.

TERE BIN LADEN is 'laden' with many humourous moments. It is by far the funniest film in recent times. A must watch.

Rating - 3.5/5


Rating 3.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh, Sugandha Garg, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Piyush Mishra, Rahul Singh, Seema Bhargava and Barry John
  • Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni, Dhruv Dhalla, Jaspreet Singh and Ali Zafar
  • Director: Abhishek Sharma
  • Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Dhruv Dhalla, Abhijit Vaghani and Ali Zafar