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A married Canadian travels to India to re-unite with his estranged father and brother but faces obstacles and challenges.



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Credited cast:
Nafisa Ali ...
Mrs. Dhillon
Madhuri Bhattacharya ...
Item Girl
Emma Brown Garett ...
Mary Dhillon (as Emma Brown)
Mahek Chahal ...
Item Girl #2
Bobby Deol ...
Gajodhar Singh Dhillon
Paramveer Singh Dhillon
Mukul Dev ...
Gurmeet 'Billa' Singh Brar
Dharam Singh Dhillon
Puneet Issar ...
Tejpal 'Minty'
Sucheta Khanna ...
Poli Kaur Brar
Joginder Singh Brar
Johnny Lever ...
Himanshu Malik ...
Tejinder 'Jarnail' Singh Brar
Amit Mistry ...


The film begins in Canada, travels to Banaras and eventually makes its way to Punjab. The Father Son duo of Dharam Singh and Gajodhar Singh (Dharmendra and Bobby Deol) are the biggest conmen in Banaras. Their happy go lucky existence involves drinking and pulling off hilarious cons on unsuspecting people. The only hitch in their perfect albeit notorious life arrives in the form of Paramveer Singh Dhillon (Sunny Deol). A brawny and honest NRI from Vancover, Paramveer lands up in Banaras claiming to be Gajodhar's elder brother separated at childhood. The duo willingly accepts Paramveer into their fold only to exploit his muscle power to serve their con games. Meanwhile Gajodhar falls in love with Saheba (Kulraj Randhawa), a beautiful Sardarni from Punjab. As their romance reaches its peak, her brothers arrive and forcibly take her away. Paramveer saves the day with a crazy plan to win the girl back for Gajodhar which leads them to the rustic heartlands of Punjab. What follows is a ... Written by Anonymous

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14 January 2011 (India)  »

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$4,340,000 (estimated)

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£213,356 (UK) (14 January 2011)


$961,257 (USA) (28 January 2011)

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Chada De Rang Soniya Veh
Performed by Mahalakshmi Iyer, Rahul Seth, Shweta Pandit
Lyrics by Rahul Seth, Noman Javed
Music by Noman Javed
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The good run of 2011 continues with a Dabangian kind of entertainment for the masses by the Deol Family.
27 January 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The Deol family is back after APNE giving you a Dabangian kind of a feeling in which even when you know that its all illogical, full of loop holes and also over the top, yet you do enjoy the most of it with a smiling face and also laugh at certain sequences occasionally. In other words I felt like watching a new DABANGG made in Punjab where we have Sunny Deol punching the villains and throwing them mercilessly like the rotten vegetable bags lying in the godowns.

Before writing further, I would like to say that its not at all logical at any place, so all the critics looking for some meaningful cinematic value in it may get disappointed. But at the same time its also not a silly or head-aching loud comedy made on the lines of Priyadarshan's last few comic ventures. Though it has a Priyan kind of a climax but overall the script uses its four ingredients - action, comedy romance and emotion quite effectively in the narration which in the end leaves you mostly satisfied. So, if you loved watching its trailer, then the chances are that you would surely enjoy the movie equally, if not better.

Starting with an expected solid Sunny Deol fight scene, the director Sameer Karnik makes his intentions clear that I am only interested in giving you entertainment and nothing else. Beginning from Canada, the film reaches Benaras when Sunny visits the city in search of his father and brother. Here Dharmendra and Bobby Deol are introduced as the famous con-men of the city but I seriously felt that the entry of our lovable Dharmendra could be much better.

Frankly speaking YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA is one of those few movies whose second half is better than the first saving the film on the whole. The first half is just fine entertaining you in bits and parts. But it starts dragging after an hour with few un-required songs (why 2 item numbers in the bar) and a not so impressive romantic angle which should have been deleted at the editing table itself.

Post intermission the film moves at a great speed and has many more entertaining moments (with only 1 song) as compared to its first half. And that's what saves the movie literally and wins the game. The writer Jaswinder Singh Bath is highly inspired by the folk story of MIRZA SAHIBA along with movies such as DDLJ and JAB WE MET which clearly shows in his second half.

Especially the second half belongs to two more performers other than the Deol family. And they are Anupam Kher, as the girl's father and Mukul Dev as the girl's elder brother. Anupam Kher is simply too good in the character of Joe Bhaaji. He is comic, he is loud, he is hilarious and yet elegant in his own impeccable style which is another achievement by the veteran actor once again.

Accompanying him impressively is Mukul Dev speaking Punjabi so fluently as if he is a regional actor taken from the Punjabi theater. I really doubt that the viewers would even recognize him in his Punjabi getup having long hairs.

Both Dharmendra and Sunny Deol give a very controlled yet effective performance, which remains the highlight of the film. They both are sure going to get all the claps and seeties in their own north belt undoubtedly. In short Sunny is going to be loved and Dharmendra is going to be cherished by his fans after a long time. Coming to the youngest of the three, Bobby Deol, he gets the maximum attention in the story as the main character for whose love interest, the whole drama is played in the second half. Bobby looks smart and does fine both in the get up of a con-man in the first half and as a Sikh NRI in the second.

In the remaining cast Kulraj Randhawa scores the best looking gorgeous on the screen much better than many famous big names of the Industry. Johny Lever and Sucheta Khanna are great. Nafisa Ali and Amit Mistry make an impact in their brief roles. Emma Brown Garrett, as Sunny's foreign wife is surprisingly good with her two Sikh Kids. Most of the audiences really laughed out loud whenever one of the kids used to say "Ditto". Himanshu Malik is OK but Puneet Issar gets wasted having nothing substantial to do in the script. Cinematography of YPD is eye- catching capturing the outdoors of both Benaras and Punjab. But the dialogues and the action are the real jack here which fit in perfectly matching all the Punjabi characters.

Coming to the biggest weak point of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, it is the music which should have had more Dhol and Punjab in it instead of 2 item numbers (in the bar) and 2 romantic songs. In the whole soundtrack I found only one song "Charhaa De Rang" having the much required melodious notes in it. Other than the soundtrack its a lengthy movie of almost 3 hours of duration which essentially required editing at many places. Moreover, the writers could have thought of another climax moving away from the usual Priyadarshan kind of an ending and the director at least could have shown the role of Police in our system somewhere in its 3 hours (There is no Police anywhere in the movie throughout).

However another merit of the movie I would like to mention here is the appreciable sarcasm incorporated beautifully in its script regarding the passion of Punjab with NRIs and VISAS. I really hope the people living in Punjab would take a note of it while watching this.

In all, it's entirely a masses entertainment movie on the lines of DABANGG, which should be loved by all fans of Deol family especially the viewers in the North Belt of the country.

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