Lynda Deol
Original Story

Jasvinder Singh Bath
Screenplay and Dialogues


Movie Review
Yamla Pagla Deewana 2:Not even close

So many things have been put into the mix: loud action, flat comedy, dance-numbers, quirky get-ups (including a Chimpanzee costume) and two gorgeous actresses. You can hardly guess what else the makers could have done to keep you interested. Bottom line is - All of it doesn’t make up for a great treat even for the die-hard fans of the three Deols. 

Dharam (Dharmendra) and Gajodhar (Bobby Deol) are in Banaras fooling masses with their Baba Yamla Pagla Deewana act. A rich businessman from UK, Yograj Khanna (Annu Kapoor) visits them seeking an end to his worries. Dharam and Gajodhar plan to con him and the next time, meet him as the Oberois. Gajodhar, acting as Prem Oberoi, also wins over Khanna’s daughter Suman’s (Neha Sharma) heart. Little later, everybody lands up in UK. Here Paramveer (Sunny Deol), Gajodhar’s good-hearted elder brother has already joined Khanna as his manager. Param had no idea that his two loved ones have still not left their con business. But he hardly does anything to keep them away from going after Khanna and his money. But Khanna is not as rich as he seems. He is in a lot of debt himself and plans to borrow money from the Oberois. Once Suman and Prem have got engaged enters Khanna’s real daughter Reeta (Kristina Akheeva), an art-gallery’s curator, seeing whom Param’s heart beats like a loudspeaker. 

Post interval, Dharam and Gajodhar change their game-plan and now enters Prem’s twin brother ‘Q’, a maverick painter. The butler of the house they are putting up at is a Chimpanzee whose IQ is more than that of Q’s and thus, he comes up with a painting which takes over the world by tears (literally). With just one painting, which makes people cry mysteriously, Q is a celebrity and this whole wayward track is to infuse a hope for the two con-men that they can get Reeta. Meanwhile, Dude Armstrong (Anupam Kher) is a wicked blockhead who wants to build the eighth wonder (and also the ninth) of the world. He needs Khanna’s club. Quiet obviously he has been deliberately fitted into the scheme of things and so are Bunty and Babli (Johny Lever & Sucheta Khanna), the Sumo wrestlers, Kartar Ka Tola (just one entry, so that we can see many Sardarjis all together in a single scene – whistles from Punjab!) and what not. 

The core story by Lynda Deol attempts to include every tried and tested flavor from the Desi menu and has its twists and turns. But it doesn’t get anywhere near a compelling script (screenplay and dialogues: Jasvinder Singh Bath) because of digressing too much and trying too hard. The screenplay lacks conviction as the treatment of the situations is too shallow and non-serious. There are occasional laughs, a few funny gags and lines which do produce a chuckle but none of it helps the story because the characters remain sketchy. Moreover, even if the stardom of the three Deols doesn’t let you sense this, the chemistry between the main actors is zilch and therefore the comic timing is thoroughly missed. 

However there are a lot of Super Sardar moments (Sunny Deol, making people fly in air), a couple of peppy songs (lyrics: Kumaar) and beautiful locals; which might work for a blind-believer of Bollywood. At large, YMD 2 is a bland mix. 

   Dinkar Sharma


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