One of the most prestigious family of Bollywood family is Deol family. And when the entire Deol family is seen together in a film, what can be a bigger treat for their fans than this. His hit franchise film Yamla Pagla Deewana featuring the sizzling chemistry of Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol created a rage in the hearts of the audience and Deol is once again back with the third installment of his film, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. Whether the film, which released this week, manages to make the audience laugh or disappoint, let’s review.
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is the story of one such man’s struggle against a corrupt pharmaceutical company. The story of the film begins in Punjab where Vaidya Puran Singh (Sunny Deol) runs his own Ayurveda clinic in Amritsar. He uses the ancient medicinal knowledge passed down by his ancestors in his Vaidyashala. Pooran lives with his brother Kala (Bobby Deol) and two children. Puran Singh also has a tenant named Jaywant Parmar (Dharmendra). Who is also a lawyer by profession. Puran Singh has a formula to make an Ayurvedic medicine called Vajra Kavach, whose work has been going on for many generations. The famous businessman Mafatia gets behind that formula. The story sees the entry of Chiku (Kriti Kharbanda) who is a dentist and in a series of incidents he meets Puran Singh and Kala. The twist comes in the story when the businessman mafia on his behalf sues Puran Singh for stealing the drug formula and the story reaches Gujarat from Punjab. You will have to watch the movie to know what happens in the end.
Dheeraj Ratan’s story is quite useless and outdated. Films with this kind of story would work in the 90s, or even the last decade, but not anymore. Dheeraj Ratan’s screenplay is the biggest culprit. Had the script of the film been well written, it could have proved to be a good film. But the sad thing is, that hasn’t happened. Some of the scenes are well thought out at the story level but at the script level, it turns out to be kaput.
Navneet Singh’s direction is quite simple. He doesn’t add anything of his own and just keeps on executing bad writing.
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se attracts attention in the beginning when Sutradhar Annu Kapoor introduces Ayurveda medicine and explains its importance in Puranas. As soon as Kaala is introduced, things start to deteriorate. The film was supposed to be a comedy film but there were hardly any scenes in the entire film that made one laugh. The scene of stealing the formula for making Ayurvedic medicine from Vaidya Puran Singh’s Vaidyashala was completely predictable. Kaala-Chiku’s love story is nothing special. In the second half, it seems that things will settle down when the film’s face shifts. But alas, here too there are hardly any scenes where the audience enjoys it.
Even in such an ineffective film, Sunny Deol dominates. He really gives his best shot and he is the only character in the entire film who touches the hearts of the audience. For example one of his scenes in which he is at the airport is quite heartwarming but at the same time tainted by bad writing. In the climax, they are treated unfairly. His action sequence should have got more footage than the courtroom scene being dragged on. Bobby Deol is strictly fine and goes overboard in many scenes. Surprisingly, Dharmendra has a very late entry and the first half meme has little to do for him. It is really commendable that he is acting even at this age. He tries his best to do well but gets defeated due to weak script. Kriti Kharbanda looks gorgeous and gives a scintillating performance. She constantly tries to rise above the script and make the scene better. Shatrughan Sinha (Judge Sunil Sinha) was a well intertwined character and it could have taken the film to another level but it doesn’t. He looks quite old but still entertains. Mohan Kapoor is fine as the villain while Rajesh Sharma (Lawyer Bhatia) leaves an indelible mark in the courtroom drama scene. Asrani (Nanu) disappoints. Satish Kaushik (Bedi) is devastated. In fact, they were added forcefully in the climax. In the end, Salman Khan’s cameo appears but he too seems uninterested.
The music of the film disappoints. No one remembers ‘Little Little’ and ‘Nazarbattu’. The ‘Rafta Rafta Medley’ is featured in the end credits. Raju Singh’s backgound score is loud and over the top.
Jitan Harmeet Singh’s cinematography is nothing special. Rita Ghosh’s production design is dramatic. Vikram Dahiya’s action is quite good. Editing of Manish Mor is fine.
Overall, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se was portrayed as a comedy film but the sad part is that it barely has scenes that make one laugh. This film disappoints.