The Yamla Pagla Deewana franchise has given the Deols a reason to reunite in front of the cameras every few years. Fans of the trio love seeing their antics on screen, mixed with dollops of melodrama. Which explains why makers of the film decided to come up with yet another film in the franchise, titled Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. This time, too, the Deols are not a family, as the trailer tells us already. So what are they up to? Let us tell you...
What's it about
Puran Singh (Sunny Deol) is the keeper of an ancestral secret recipe to make a medicine that is the cure of all ills. Now this formula is a lure to pharmaceutical companies, who want to buy his formula at any price. But Puran won't be sold. He is a charitable man and won't want any company to patent his drug and make it costly such that the poor can't afford it. But his younger brother, Kaala (Bobby Deol), who lives off his elder brother's money, sees the formula as an opportunity to earn money and brings a pharmaceutical giant, Marfatia (Mohan Kapoor) to meet his brother. Unimpressed by his offer, Sunny beats him to a pulp and sends him back. Marfatia then employs an unscrupulous doctor, Cheeku (Kriti Kharbanda) to steal the formula, which she manages to do quite easily. Now, Marfatia sues Puran for stealing his formula. To fight their case, the Singhs employ their tenant of many years, Parmar (Dharmendra) who is an adept lawyer. However, they must go to Gujarat and pretend to be Gujaratis to fight the case. The judge presiding over the proceedings at the Sessions Court is Hon. Sunil Sinha (Shatrughan Sinha), who is an old friend of Parmar. However, they now share a love-hate relationship. So will Parmar be able to prove that the formula is indeed Puran's or will the Marfatias win. Find out by watching the film, if you are really interested.
The Deols know that they are stereotyped and they take full advantage of it. Right from Sunny Deol's truck-stopping dhai kilo ka haath to Dharmendra's disarming charm - the film makes quite a lot of references to the cliche, eliciting some genuine laughter. But that's about it.
Where do we even begin? By the time the end credits roll, you are nursing a headache. And that is even as the quite hummable Raafta Raafta plays. Honestly, that feels like the best part of the film, perhaps because it marked the end of affairs. The whole film seems to rehash every stereotype in the book. Be it the Punjabis or the Gujaratis, the old or the young - everyone is made fun of. The makers want you to believe that a grown up man drinking and screaming his lungs out every night at ten, is funny. They want you to roll on the floor laughing at how much liquor can Punjabis consume. They create conflict by putting drunkard Punjabis amidst non-drinking Gujaratis and think you will not be able to control your laughter resulting from it, while you struggle to stifle a yawn. After sometime, however, you start laughing only at the futility of it all.
What to do
Unless you are a diehard fan of the Deols, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se doesn't deserve your time and money.
1.5 out of 5
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