What to look out for: Some hilarious scenes in the last 30 minutes
What not to look out for: A ‘difficult to sit through’ first half
“Yamla Pagla Deewana” definitely had the potential to be a blockbuster, but ends up being highly inconsistent. It is unbelievable how a film can be so good in parts and so difficult to sit through otherwise.
“Yamla Pagla Deewana” is the story of a broken family. Paramveer Singh Dhillon (Sunny Deol) is an NRI who lives in Canada with his Canadian wife, their kids and his mother. He comes to India in search of his father Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) who ran away with his younger son Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) years ago. Over the years, Dharam Sing and Gajodhar become an expert con men duo. But when Paramveer finds them in Banaras, he lends his muscle to their con men tactics. In the middle of this drama, Gajodhar falls in love with Saheba (Kulraj Randhawa). The real fun begins when Paramveer decides to help his brother get married by going to Punjab to meet Saheba and her family. A family that is full of many bulky brothers protecting one sister. Anupam Kher and Mukul Dev as Saheba’s brothers introduce many genuinely funny gags in the second half.
Chaos, confusion and a ridiculously funny climax are the saving grace of the film. Sunny Deol seems to be in his element with his “dhai kilo ka hath” spreading havoc among the goons. The love story angle doesn’t work as well as it was intended to. Many spoofs and gags fall flat, especially in the first half. But even so, it is worth a watch if you’re a die hard Deol fan.
Verdict: Deol fans might enjoy it, others think twice.