Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Manish Paul, Sikander Kher, Pradhuman Singh
Director: Abhishek Sharma
What’s Good: This sequel to Tere Bin Laden, connects the two films smartly. Also, with all its silly antics, the film comes off as a much better act than its prequel.
What’s Bad: In parts, the film drags, thus killing the intended humor. In the second half, the makers run out of good jokes.
Loo Break: You could use one or two!
Watch or Not?: If you have a taste for comedy films which could be branded silly in caps, this is your pick! This is a no-brainer that promises partially a good time.
Sharma Junior (Manish Paul) comes from the ‘Halwai Khandaan’ and is expected to join his family business of making Jalebis by his family. The only problem is, his heart breathes Bollywood. He aspires to be a big ticket director and decides to take off to Mumbai to fulfill his dream.
Frustrated over not getting producers for his scripts, Sharma’s destiny shines when he meets Osama Bin Laden look alike, Paddhi (Pradhuman Singh). Convincing Paddhi to star as Osama, Sharma finally gets a producer and casts actor Ali Zafar in the lead. The film becomes a super-hit but brings no fame or fortune to Sharma.
In the west, news of Osama’s death has arrived but the media seeks a proof. To secure the President another term, David (Sikandar Kher) under the disguise of a Hollywood producer plans to kill Paddhi and shoot it as an evidence for the President.
In Pakistan, Khaleeli (Piyush Mishra) is a businessman for Fidayeen terrorists and is seeking Paddhi to shoot a video to show him alive, to keep his business running.
What will happen to the fake Osama? Will he be shot (with a camera or a bullet) dead or alive?
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Review: Script Analysis
Abhishek Sharma who directed the prequel as well, comes up with a sequel story that nicely connects. This time his characters are goofier and funnier than before. Pradhuman Singh who also acts in the film has written the dialogues but they are as unfunny as his performance.
More than the film’s writing being funny, one has to rely on the placards and the setting that most of the scenes have which make you laugh. An example would be Olympia-e- dehshat which is like a competition among Fidayeens. This is the kind of comedy that is in the face. It is mindless and will tickle your funny bone only when you can keep your thinking hat at bay.
In some instances, the jokes become repetitive and that is where the problem starts. So at first when the location of ‘Somewhere In Somewhere’ seems funny but when it is repeatedly pushed even in writing on the screen, you may just want to yawn.
Other funny elements such as a fake mole that is technologically a mouthpiece to change dialects work. Especially, a scene where the mole falls off and David confidently says ‘detachable hai’. Even the acronym of CIA as Cinema In Amrica gives you giggles.
Overall, the writing is a case of silly and receptive humor.
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Review: Star Performance
This is Manish Paul’s second film after Mickey Virus and well he kind of gets into overacting. Manish still seems more like he is on TV and hence the loud acting. I feel he is a much better host than an actor.
Pradhuman Singh as Paddhi Singh is the Osama look alike. His Punjabi act is good enough but fails to shine much thanks to a lazy writing. This character in spite of being the most crucial does not impress enough.
Sikander Kher as David Chaddha is a revelation in this film. His transformation from a CIA agent to a hairy Punjabi producer is amazing. From his accents to his comic timing, everything seems to be going in his favor. He eats away all the attention in this film.
Mia Uyeda as Junior who is David’s assistant is quite average.
A superb actor like Piyush Mishra unfortunately does not impress much. He goes slightly overboard as Khaleeli and is not as much fun.
Sugandha Garg, Rahul Singh and Chirag Vohra from the prequel are seen in supporting roles.
Ali Zafar is seen playing himself. He looks hot and is seen flaunting his six packs in the six pack abs song.
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Review: Music, Direction
Abhishek Sharma’s sequel comes across as a better attempt at a no-brainer comedy than the first attempt of satire. The film’s first half drags a little and gives the feeling that the second would be worse but fortunately it manages to hang in there. One major problem with the film’s screenplay is that it plays out the same sequences for a very long time, thus stretching long winding scenes. An example would be the one where they plan to shoot a romantic scene between Osama and his wife. For the first two times, it is funny but after repeated portrayals, it gets extremely irritating.
On the contrary to this, the silliest of scenes such as Osama decked up in make-up tickle your funny bone.
The ‘sansani’ news anchor spoof in spite of being a done-to-death comic sequence in ample of films, manages to remain funny in this one thanks to its foolish writing.
Even as the makers keep the run-time of the film short, because of the repetitive nature of the content and a stretched climax, one gets slightly tired towards the end when the silly antics just don’t end.
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Review: The Last Word
This is a complete no-brainer and meant for those who enjoy any kind of comedy. Sikandar Kher shines through his dual role. For having a decent laugh, I go with a 2.5/ 5 for the film.
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive Trailer
Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive releases on 26th February, 2016.
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