wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
What you see (in the promos) is what you get. Over-the-top, no-head-nor-tail, senselessness served in the name of unpretentious cinema. Sure, many from the crowd around me were laughing, hooting, and whistling their hearts out. At what though, is beyond me.
No thanks, I'm very comfortable with my sense of humor.Read more
No one, (yes, including me), walks in to watch Yamla Pagla Deewana expecting an intense experience or a strong story line. Everyone is in there to have a good laugh, come out, and laugh that they laughed. And a scene or two that stick in the head, even after you are out, is a bonus. Even with my expectations being what they should be, I found very few funny or entertaining bits.
The actors, well, they do whatever Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and (today's) Dharmendra can do. I was worried I wouldn't be able to hear the dialogue in the middle of all the hooting. But it wasn't a concern at all. The trio is louder beyond that. After all, it is supposedly a prerequisite for the genre.
Kulraj Randhwa's role exists so there is some sort of coherence to the planned chaos that the film is. As usual, I was disheartened to see Anupam Kher do a role which demeans his talent.
The blatant disregard for the 'writing' department is so obvious that I cannot really complain about how the character establishment of Dharmendra and Bobby Deol as conmen had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film. And there are many such glaring disconnects. In between this mayhem, it was only a pleasure to listen to a few witty lines strewn across that brought that occasional smile. But that is way too little for a film that is just short of 3 hours.
Presenting nonsense is an art form. Watching the entire Deol family dance in one frame is not my idea of entertaining nonsense. Other than that, the action sequences and the stylization - the two other reasons why one would consider watching this film - are as lame as they could be.
The interesting thing though is that whether you think the film is going to be - hardcore silly entertainment that you love or brainless torture of the senses - your expectations will be fulfilled.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, bigoye.com : ...Jasvinder Bath’s story and writing are packed with moments that will appeal to the masses – a Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge inspired sub-plot and Priyadarshan style climax, and numerous Deol-dance numbers. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Every rule in the book that made hardcore commercial films major money spinners then have been read minutely and integrated in the plotline of this one. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com : ...It's a mad ride from there, replete with funny gags, zany situations and uproarious dialogues. You only wish, if some of the gags were funnier. Nonetheless, it makes for one crazy viewing. You have to see it to believe it. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...Cleverly, often wittily, written by Jasvinder Singh Bath, YPD is big broad burlesque-styled homage to the spirit of on-screen and off-screen camaraderie.... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...The first half is slow and clumsy. But, in the spirit of masala films, one finds some relief (for those who might enjoy) in comedy and explosive Punjabi-ness... full review
So-So, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Hand pumps are not uprooted, nor maudlin suicide speeches actually given from atop water tanks. But there are moments of self-spoofs aplenty that bring a somewhat cracked grin to your lips. ... full review
So-So, by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town : ...The idea of three Deol men in a film is the ideal platform to go berserk in self-indulgence but Yamla, Pagla, Deewana thankfully doesn’t really go overboard.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Much of the real humor in this film is derived from the in-jokes....Or Dharmendra's love for the bottle, another nudge-nudge-wink-wink moment that is hard to resist.... full review
So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...On the minus side are the absence of chartbusting songs, lack of novelty in and cohesiveness of script as also several dull portions in the first half.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha : ...Overacting and a senseless build up to a facetious family drama that is to ensue, the chunk before the interval is almost difficult to endure.... full review
Thumbs down, by Harjeet Singh Rakhra, Desi Martini : ...Sunny is RajniKanth of North and all his jaw-dropping action sequences are welcomed with similar applause as latter's in down south. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...The tag line of the film is In Punjab, Do as the Punjabis do for the director it would read as when working with Deol, do as the Deols want. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...This is probably how Veeru of Sholay would have ended up at 70. But while the charm’s still intact, some bad make-up and tight close-ups diminish the impact.... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Dharmendra has aged and not too well -- his dialogues are barely coherent through his dentures and his facial muscles look strangely stretched. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Kakoli Mukherjee, fullhyd.com : ... With a storyline as tested and simple as this, there was a need for crisper writing and well-sketched characters to keep the audience engaged... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...As said, Bobby's the big disappointment here. The least charismatic of the men, here he's given the traditional hero role, and if his Gajodhar looks laboured chewing paan and being all bhaiyya -- since he isn't no Amitabh B -- things get even worse after he falls in love and tries to do a Raj -- and he most certainly ain't no Shah Rukh ... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Call_me_Yamla : Absolutely fantastic comedy !! Fantastic
Yay! Thumbs Up, by surjeet singh : gr8 to see sunny tryin comic an d he did a gr8 job good family entertainment gho for the deol tikdi
So-So, by Joydeep : It was a nonsense comedy
So-So, by Movies : It will be great to find out that how this family comes together through comedy of errors.
Nay! Thumbs Down, by bollywood gossip
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
A mother wants to run away to Canada with her two sons because she doesn't want her husband's (Dharmendra) conman ways to be followed by the kids. She manages to take only her older son because Dharmendra manages to kidnap one of his sons and turns him into a conman too. After being separated for 30 years, they are now trying to reunite.