Yamla Pagla Deewana 2-Punctuated Laughter!Movie Review
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"Yamla Pagla Deewana 2”, as the name suggests, is a sequel to original version of the same name, and has the same lead actors from the Deol family, but the locales and settings have changed along with the other supporting cast as well as the director. The Deols have tried to pack in as much fun and frolic, if not more, in the latest version, in the hope of extracting as much success as that of the original did.
Plot: In order to provide an extended canvas for the film, the story has two distinct locales and is about two families, the Dhillons, initially shown in Varanasi and the Khannas, based in England. Dharmendra as Dharam, the head of the Dhillons along with Bobby Deol as son, Prem, are seen swindling unsuspecting people in Varanasi, with Dharam appearing in the garb of a Guru named Yamla Baba. It is then that one Yograj Khanna, enacted by Annu Kapoor, comes to meet the Baba, and perceiving Yograj to be an obviously wealthy person, they make him believe that they own a large company. Yograj gets highly impressed, to the extent of agreeing to give the hand of his daughter Suman, portrayed by Neha Sharma, in marriage to Prem.
The marriage is arranged in England, where coincidentally, Paramveer, Dharam’s elder son, (played by Sunny Deol), works as a loan recovery agent. The appearance of the Indian half of the Dhillons in England and the hiring of Paramveer, (the elder of the Dhillon siblings) by Yograj, due to a personal help granted by him, makes things more interesting. Matters become confusing as well due to a comedy of errors arising out of supposedly twin characters. Further confusion is added by the discovery after the engagement of Prem and Suman that it is not she, but an art gallery employee, Reet (played by Kristina), who is the real daughter of Yograj, and to make matters worse, Paramveer falls in love with Reet.
The plot moves ahead on the lines of further hilarity, with the presence of Einstein, a gorilla, in the house where Dharam and Prem put up. The story finally ends up in true filmy style with all confusions getting cleared and Prem getting married to Suman and Reet tieing up with Paramveer.
Compared to the spontaneous comedy of the prequel to “YPD2” this version sadly appears more contrived and too many events and confusing characters seem to have been added in too short a time for the audience to comprehend. As a result, the Deol magic does not live up to the expectations. Director Sangeeth Sivan had earlier directed reasonably successful comedy films like “Kya Kool Hai Hum” and “Apna Sapna Money Money”, and has now tried his hand in the same genre, with a stronger cast at his disposal, but apparently fails to hit the bull’s eye in this endeavour. Whether striving to do one better than the original “YPD” is the reason for this remains to be seen. Perhaps the basic flaw lies in the script which has attempted to stuff in too many episodes and events in the given time, and this also looks disjointed at many places. The musical score, with its heavy Punjabi flavour, also does not contribute much.
Verdict: Even the most ardent fans of the Deols would find it a little difficult to laugh or clap at all the gags employed, and may end up wondering whether it would not have been a better idea to have seen the prequel once again.