Yamla Pagla Deewana Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:07.8500000 IST


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Director Samir Karnik has long been associated with the Deols, and his last outing, HEROES, which was received with much critical acclaim and was partly successful too, saw some memorable songs by Sajid- Wajid and Monty Sharma. This time however the canvas gets bigger and things even more exciting as the three hunks, the original he man, ageless Dharmendra, macho man Sunny and handsome Bobby come together to bomb blast the screen with their aptly titled YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA. Last time when the trio came together in the hit family cum action drama, APNE, the music by Himesh Reshammiya became quite popular. This time however, YPD promises to be a rollicking roller coaster fun ride and the music album of the film promises some fun filled invigorating 'dhol, taashe' laced Punjabi flavoured songs, more 'desi' rather than metro centric. And we are sure, especially after the scintillating musical success of BAND BAAJA BAARAAT audio, Punjabi is the flavour of the season. Not entrusting one composer, the makers have gone in for as many as five music directors. We will know the reason after listening to the album but we are quite sure that the amalgamation of the new and veteran composers will give us music lovers a wide variety of songs to listen to and savour. So let's get the ball rolling and see what they have in store for us!

The starting is on the expected line with the iconic Mohd Rafi, Laxmikant-Pyarelal number, 'Main Jat Yamla Pagla Diwana' originally by Laxmikanth-Pyarelal with lyrics by Anand Bakshi (titled 'YPD Title Track (RDB) Version 1') with which Dharm pa ji has come to be associated with ever since the superlative success of the film, PRATIGYA, and it's song which still remains evergreen in the minds and hearts of music buffs. Naturally the song has been rearranged (by RDB) and resung by Mohd Rafi's new avatar, the highly talented Sonu Nigam, who does full justice to the composition and giving him able company is Nindy Kaur. Not much 'chhed chhad' has been (thankfully!) done and the old world charm of the composition has been retained thanks to RDB, who do their bit to refurbish the track with additional lyrics and lively background music arrangements. Nostalgia revisited indeed!

'Charha De Rang', the first original track of the album has been composed by Nouman Javaid and this number features as many as four times (Original plus 'Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Version 2', 'Pervez Adlib Version' & 'Rahat Adlib Version') in the album. There are different versions of the same song but there are no remixes. Although there is a slower version (sans any musical backing up) which is quite brief as well. Quite a few singers have been shortlisted for the song and prominent amongst them are Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahul B. Seth, Shweta Pandit, Mahalaxmi Aiyer and Ali Pervez Mehdi, all of whom do a splendid job. This song too has an old world charm about it considering the immensely sweet melody that encapsulates the song. The use of Hindustani music instruments like flute, 'daf', 'sarangi' etc lend a surreal classic touch to the song. Though quite heavily loaded with Punjabi lyrics (by Nouman Javaid and Rahul B Seth) the song should find its patrons because it is a highly classy number and the use of 'heer' (in portions) which is a sad Punjabi love note by male singers (especially Rahat!) is simply superb. The female singers pump up the proceedings with vigorous singing naturally Punjabi ishtyle!

Veteran composer (cum lyricist here) Anu Malik, who has composed quite a few chartbusters especially for Bobby and Sunny, gets another chance with 'Tinku Jiya' which if classified is an item/dance number where Anu fuses the new with the old. Its like 'Munni Badnaam Huyi' meeting 'Sarkailo Khatiya' (RAJA BABU), more precisely the song is folk inspired and the number that comes to mind is 'Phulori Bina Chatni Kaise Bani'. However the song will definitely appeal to the front benchers who are the real target audience here. The trump card is Mamta Sharma, the superstarni of Bhojpuri item numbers and after 'Munni' quite a name in Bollywood too. We are sure that her presence here along with the sweet sounding vocals of Javed Ali will definitely help the song achieve a hit status. But one wished that Anu had come up with something more original and catchy especially since the tune that he uses has been done to death



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YPD scores not just for being funny, but for also having a decent story which has the emotional connect. The scenes between Paramveer and Dharam and then between Dharam and Gajodhar manage to strike a chord. Poli (Sucheta Khanna) wearing a 'I love Caneda' T-shirt beneath her salwar-kameez is hilarious.

The music given by as many as half a dozen composers is very weak. Apart from the title track taken from Dharmendra's PRATIGGYA, none of the tracks are exciting. Cinematography by Kabir Lal and Binod Pradhan is good. The action by Analarasu is simply awesome. Mukesh Thakur's editing could have been better.

YPD is a treat for Deol fans. Sunny Deol is in his element and the fun that he had making the film, shows on the big screen. Expect a lot of seetes and claps for his action scenes, especially the ones in the climax, in which he fights without the use of his legendary dhai kilo ha haath. Bobby Deol delivers an excellent performance. Dharmendra still has his effervescent charm and is totally amazing. Kulraj Randhawa (of TV serial 'Kareena Kareena' fame) looks good and acts decently. Anupam Kher is funny. Mukul Dev is amazing in his comic stint. The two kids of Paramveer deserve special mention, especially the younger (ditto) one.

The right dose of action, drama and comedy, combined with a fine story make YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA a paisa vasool entertainer. Go for it!

Rating: 3/5


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There has been a dearth of masala entertainers in Bollywood, despite them doing well. DABANGG and GOLMAAL 3 are recent examples of such films that had the audience flock in cinema halls in large numbers. YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA might just do the trick and get added to the list.

After APNE, the Deols are back with YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA. Their comeback film blends the lost-and-found formula with some recent popular films like K3G and DDLJ.

Paramveer Singh Dhillon (Sunny Deol) is an NRI living in Canada with his mother, gori wife and two kids. He comes to India to find his estranged father Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) and brother Gajodar Singh (Bobby Deol), who are now the biggest thugs in Banaras. Dharam and Gajodhar accept him only to use his muscle power in their unscrupulous activities.

Meanwhile, Gajodhar finds himself head over heels in love with Sardarni Saheba (debutante Kulraj Randhawa). Their romance blossoms, but all's not hunky-dory as her brothers forcibly taker her away to Punjab. Now, Paramveer comes up with a plan to re-unite the much-in-love couple and they head to Punjab where confusion, drama, action and trouble await.

Director Samir Karnik (KYUN HO GAYA NA, HEROES) takes his time to get the story going which results in a lethargic and lacklustre first half. Apart from Paramveer's awe-inspiring action scenes (which literally involves closing a bar), you have two tacky item numbers, and some con jobs of Dharam and Gajodhar. The stretched romantic track between Gajodhar and Saheba lacks spunk.

Unlike many films that lose spark post interval, YPD gains momentum as the characters arrive in Punjab. It's a mad ride from there, replete with funny gags, zany situations and uproarious dialogues. You only wish, if some of the gags were funnier. Nonetheless, it makes for one crazy viewing. You have to see it to believe it. Just a warning: don't even bother looking for logic.



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YPD scores not just for being funny, but for also having a decent story which has the emotional connect. The scenes between Paramveer and Dharam and then between Dharam and Gajodhar manage to strike a chord. Poli (Sucheta Khanna) wearing a 'I love Caneda' T-shirt beneath her salwar-kameez is hilarious.

The music given by as many as half a dozen composers is very weak. Apart from the title track taken from Dharmendra's PRATIGGYA, none of the tracks are exciting. Cinematography by Kabir Lal and Binod Pradhan is good. The action by Analarasu is simply awesome. Mukesh Thakur's editing could have been better.

YPD is a treat for Deol fans. Sunny Deol is in his element and the fun that he had making the film, shows on the big screen. Expect a lot of seetes and claps for his action scenes, especially the ones in the climax, in which he fights without the use of his legendary dhai kilo ha haath. Bobby Deol delivers an excellent performance. Dharmendra still has his effervescent charm and is totally amazing. Kulraj Randhawa (of TV serial 'Kareena Kareena' fame) looks good and acts decently. Anupam Kher is funny. Mukul Dev is amazing in his comic stint. The two kids of Paramveer deserve special mention, especially the younger (ditto) one.

The right dose of action, drama and comedy, combined with a fine story make YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA a paisa vasool entertainer. Go for it!

Rating: 3/5

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Anupam Kher, Kulraj Randhawa and Johny Lever
  • Lyrics: Anand Bakshi, Dharmendra, Anu Malik, Irshad Kamil, Nouman Javed, Rahul B Seth and RDB
  • Director: Samir Karnik
  • Music Director: Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Sandesh Shandilya, Nouman Javaid, RDB and Rahul B Seth