‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ released yesterday amongst much commotion and following heavy promotions. Starring the legendary Dharmendra along with his two sons Sunny and Bobby, it is the second instalment to 2011’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’. Although it received a decent reception at the box office, it seems critics are very much mixed as to whether the movie itself had an impact. Directed by Sangeeth Sivan and also starring Neha Sharma, Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor as part of the supporting cast, the film has had major parts filmed in UK locations.
Rajeev Masand, IBN Live, said in his review of the movie, “To be fair, not all the humor is as tasteless, although it is consistently low-IQ…Directed by Sangeeth Sivan, ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’ isn’t all bad, but at 2 hours and 35 minutes it’s overlong and repetitive…”
“Had the director been equipped with a much better script, he could have perhaps treated a nonsensical film with ̩lan. But something somewhere has certainly gone terribly awry,” ZEE News expressed.
Times of India‘s reviewer,Srijana Mitra Das, added to the negatives, “Minus 30 minutes, YPD 2 could have been much funnier – and much shorter…despite two pretty heroines, three Deols and an assortment of nutty buddies, YPD 2 frequently stumbles into blunder-land”.
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times, writes, “Even the collective charm of the Deols can۪t make this drivel palatable. It۪s exhausting, loud and so cheerfully moronic that it hurts.”.
Filmfare‘s Rachit Gupta also gives advice to the audience, “It۪s hard to take a film seriously when one of its lead characters is a man in a monkey (orang-utan) suit…The less we talk about everyone else۪s performance the better. If you watch this sketchy film, be advised. Do not, under any circumstance, take your brains along”.
Well, that just about sums up this second attempt at entertaining an audience which it seems would have been expecting much more.