You can remove an Indian out from Bollywood but you cannot remove Bollywood out from an Indian.
'Yamla Pagla Deewana' is a fulfilled tribute to the spirit of Bollywood which reconfirms that Indian cinema of yore can never be 'lost' and it should be 'found' periodically to give us a 'feel good' feeling in this troubled times.
Producer Director Samir Karnik pays a 'Deolastic' tribute to Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra - the papas of wholesome entertaining musicals who gave us 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Parvarish', 'Hera Pheri', 'Dharam Veer', 'Yaadon Ki Baaraat' etc.
YPD is a crazy fulfilled joyride where happily married Paramveer Singh (Sunny Deol) comes to India from Canada to look for his father, Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) and his brother Gajodhar Singh (Bobby Deol), who were separated from him during childhood.
Paramveer finds them earning their livelihood as con men in the ghats of Benaras. But before he can take them back with him he must resolve his kid brother's complicated love story by tackling the girl's (Kulraj Randhawa) tough brothers (Anupam Kher and co). This leads to joyful ride to sadda Punjab and the result is a total paisa vasool fun.
But how a cliché story makes it possible to provide the fireworks every now and then in the 2 hrs 30 minutes time span mostly during the second half.. Simple, Director Samir Karnik does a smart casting act which turns out to be just perfect to satisfy the appetite of entertainment hungry souls of Bollywood cinema.
He uses the qualities of the Deols and mixes with their superb chemistry which we did see in 'Apne' where everyone gives his best and the trio is thoroughly enjoyable.
Bobby in his mischievous roadside Romeo act is engaging. Big brother Sunny is highly entertaining in this 'bhaiya' act where in action he goes beyond his own set benchmark in his biggest hit 'Gadar - Ek Prem Katha', the climax where he blows everyone with his trademark yell is howlarious and in the scene when he gets drunk by drinking mugs of whiskey from a bucket can make any stone hearted laugh to the fullest. Having said this, however, the show stealer is undoubtedly the 75 year old Dharampaji who is still 'garam' on screen with his entertaining acts. The biggest compliment for Dharmendra is that he doesn't look like a father on screen he looks like the elder brother of Sunny and Bobby and does an amazing job, his comic timings, dance moves are just fabulous.
The trio has a plenty for their fans over here. B-town new introduction Kulraj Randhawa is attractive, you can't move your eyes when she is on screen and she has the potential to stay long as an actress.
The movie would not have been a joyride without the excellent support of its supporting cast especially Anupam Kher who is outstanding as the egoist NRI obsessed Sardar brother.
Johny Lever entertains, Nafisa Ali is up to mark, Sucheta Khanna is fabulous, Amit Mistry is fine, Mukul Dev is fantastic as the drunken jat. Himanshu Malik is fair,
Emma Brown Garrett as Sunny's wife was endearing, people will love the part when she says Hindi especially the line 'Arre mein loot gayi'. The kids are a delight and Ajay Devgn's voiceover is appropriate.
The movie already has two, maybe three chartbusters - the title, "Tinku Jiya" and "Chamki" marking the comeback of Anu Malik.
The dialogues are nice and entertaining and the chemistry between the Deols is dazzling.
Lens work by Kabir Lal and Binod Pradhan is first rate, editing by Mukesh Thakur is crisp and production values are topnotch.
So what's wrong... Well not much but still the writer should have concentrated more on the chemistry and Samir as the director should have followed the movie in the tone in which Ajay Devgn started his voiceover. First half is a bit laid back as the real action filled with all the masala happens during the second half.
All said and done, 'Yamla Pagla Deewana' is fun filled Bollywood road trip that's shoots all the right targets on its way and will become a winner, the flawless casting, the high entertainment quotient designed for the masses and catchy score will push its prospects at the B.O. Later the emotional connect established with a feel good heart will make it reach to a broader audience. It's a sure shot winner anywhere where 'Bollywood is watched, seen or heard.
Rating: ***& ½