Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se Movie Review: The Deols Deliver Another Dud
After the disastrous Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, the Deols (Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol) are back to try their luck with the franchise one more time in Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se and if nothing else, the trio deserve a grand salute for being brave enough to attempt a third film in the franchise after the second one failed miserably at the box-office.
Set in Punjab and Gujarat, the third film revolves around brothers Puran (Sunny) and Kaala (Bobby Deol), descendants of a family of Ayurvedic practitioners. While Puran is the Good Samaritan in the family and helps patients with a miracle Ayurvedic medicine that seems to cure anything and everything, Kaala is a wastrel with fancy dreams. When Puran refuses to sell the formula of the miracle drug to pharmaceutical tycoon Marfatia (Mohan Kapur), he deploys Cheeku (Kriti Kharbanda), an unscrupulous doctor to seduce Kaala and steal the formula. Now, it is up to Puran and Kaala’s tenant Parmar (Dharmendra), a lawyer, to fight their battle in court and save the day.
The only positive thing to be said about the Deols in the film is that they certainly don’t lack screen presence, especially Sunny, who still looks capable of stopping speeding trucks with his bare hands. However, apart from this, there is nothing worth recommending about the snoozefest, which relies on weak humour (mostly about various stereotypes like hearty Punjabis and teetotaller Gujaratis) in a pathetic attempt to make the audience laugh. For some reason, Bobby still seems to believe that he can pull off the charming but wayward younger brother and the attempt falls flat on its face. Kriti Kharbanda is decent enough, but doesn’t get to do much in the film, with the Deol trio dominating every frame.
The courtroom scenes in the second half, featuring Shatrughan Sinha as the judge, are farcical enough to evoke nothing more than a couple of weary chuckles as you wait for the film to end. If that was not all, the film ends with a ‘holier than thou’ voiceover about desi versus Western practices, which we could have done without.
Unless you are a die-hard fan of the Deols and can watch anything featuring them, we suggest you simply skip this disastrous sequel.
Release Date : 31 August 2018
Director : Navaniat Singh
Genre : Comedy