REVIEW: ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ – Don’t Feed The Monkeys


It’s taken me a while to muster up the courage and strength to a write a review of one of the worst films I have seen this year.

Director Sangeeth Sivan’s film has a little bit of everything you can imagine except a story or an iota of intelligence. Dharmendra plays a hokey guru type character whose mantra is ‘yamla pagla deewana’. Bobby Deol plays his no-hoper son and partner in crime. The crimes are mostly cons and petty theft until they meet a rich businessman (Annu Kapoor) and plan a long con. Far away from Banaras, Sunny Deol, the other son, lives in the UK and does not make a move without a sign from god. He sends money home to his father and brother believing they are reformed, but the unethical men even take Sunny for a ride.

The long con brings the Banarasi babus to the UK where all the world collide, including various romances, pursuit by two bumbling hoodlums who call themselves Bunty and Babli and a blond haired Dude played by Anupam Kher. Then there’s the ape, the conjuring up of a twin brother, a big fight sequence reminiscent of Kung Fu Hustle etc.

How do all these elements combine? Well, they don’t. YPD2 is incomprehensible, nonsensical and unfunny. Further, Dharam, played by Dharmendra, might still be the most fun to watch of the three Deols, but his character is utterly despicable. Bobby Deol is as always the weakest link. Sunny tries hard but is clumsy in emotional scenes. The girls are merely window dressing. Only Annu Kapoor gives his character some depth. Kher and Johny Lever are totally superfluous.

The film was torture at 155 minutes. One can only hope this is the last of YPD.

Rating: *