Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se
A family that laughs together stays together. Only it’s hard to connect with the Deols’ idea of humour as yet another outing in the Yamla Pagla Deewana franchise arrives.
If there’s a set of people that the third film would get a thumbs up from, it’s the one employed in Ministry of AYUSH and the ayurveda die-hards.
That’s because amidst all the bad jokes and cacophony is a feud between a vaidya named Puran (Sunny Deol) and a pharmaceutical biggie in Marfatia (Mohan Kapoor, hamming).
YPD: Phir Se keeps the Deols in their familiar comfort zones, largely. Sunny Deol here is the temperamental action hero and the one entrusted to deliver moral lectures. Bobby Deol is given double duties of providing comic relief and playing out the loveable fool, neither of which he can do adeptly.
Dharmendra is meant to be the grand old man who one’s supposed to laugh along with as he struts about in colourful attire to old Hindi songs and is still able to charm women.
Writer Dheeraj Ratan tries to give this instalment some semblance of a story albeit entirely contrived with the invention of a magical medicine in ‘vajra hawach’ and a bad businessman who wants it at all costs.
But don’t expect YPD to be the film to enlighten you about patent rights in medicines. Trouble is that part three devotes far too much screen time to the youngest Deol who gets to imitate his father’s “Suno mohallewalo” drunk act in Sholay and show off his waxed and toned chest.
He also falls for a Gujarati surgeon Cheeku (Kriti Kharbanda) with a penchant for alcohol. It doesn’t help that her presence in the storyline is a giveaway from the get-go.
The Gujarati-Punjabi culture clash offers nothing ingenious; the courtroom scenes are a farce and the special appearances of Asrani and Shatrughan Sinha are risible to say the least. After two hours and twenty seven minutes one can only hope YPD3 is the finale in Deols series of buffoonery. What’s certain is that their enthusiasm and humour is now tiring.>