Tere Bin Laden is a rather silly attempt at stretching a gag and turning it into a movie, but it does make you laugh a little. A Pakistani reporter has his visa rejected several times and, desperate to raise money to procure a fake visa, hatches a plan that goes awry.
The reporter, while covering a cock-crowing competition, finds a man who bears an uncanny resemblance to Osama Bin Laden, and decides to make a fake tape that will get him cash and end his visa woes.
The funniest parts of Tere Bin Laden are the making of two tapes with the Osama lookalike, who happens to be the miserly owner of several hens. The first tape, with Noora in the guise of Osama Bin Laden, sends shivers up and down America’s spine and makes the country go on high alert. The lookalike’s threats make America panic so much that it ends up attacking Afghanistan, while the intelligence agencies are out to get this Osama, dead or alive.
Thanks to fear the tape creates, the reporter’s plans to work in America go for a toss, and he convinces his accomplices to make another tape, one in which Osama Bin Laden extends the olive branch to George Bush.
Piyush Mishra makes his presence felt yet again, this time as the head of the tv channel, and Pradhuman Singh makes you laugh aloud with pretty much everything he does, because he looks exactly like Osama Bin Laden.
Writer-director Abhishek Sharma lets his imagination run wild, incorporating plenty of scenes that you might expect while watching cartoon shows, but eventually it’s Pradhuman Singh providing the laughs.
Don’t go in expecting a rip-roaring comedy; Tere Bin Laden is just about okay.
By Aditya Mehta