Friday, 26th February 09:55 AM IST
TERE BIN LADEN DEAD OR ALIVE Fails To Match Its Prequel
uninspiring direction, sluggish screenplay, Pradhuman Singh is boring, Manish Paul continues his loud host job
Watch it only if you don't mind watching Manish Paul for two hours
'Tere Bin Laden' was surprise hit five years back and its interesting premise worked big time among multiplex audience. Now same team is back with sequel where Ali Zafar is replaced by Manish Paul.
Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.
Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.
Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)
Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears.
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?
Film has confused treatment and at times its funny then it goes into slapstick mode. But film falters in writing department in addition to some real amateur direction in 2nd half. Film gets in cliche zone despite trying too hard to be different. Climax is not good either.
Performance wise Manish Paul is loud and it seems that its tough for him to get out of host mode. Pradhuman Singh looks very irritating and repetitive. Surprise package is Sikander Kher who really makes you laugh throughout in different looks and characters. Piyush Mishra is decent but has nothing new to offer. Ali Zafar is sparkling in cameo.
Film has interesting story but poor screenplay and trying too - hard - to be - cool dialogues are let down at places. Film has crisp editing. Music is below par. Cinematography is very good, production design is perfect and costumes are apt.
Director Abhishek Sharma does not live upto prequel as he had good budget, decent plot but jokes this time fail big time.
Film released today and it will get below par to average reviews and it will not get any kind of opening as has no face value or USP except being a sequel that too 1st part worked only in highe nd plexes so no mass craze for this part. Film has clash at box office with critically acclaimed film 'Aligarh' and few small releases and it will find really hard to score at box office.
Go for this one if you want to watch decent timepass with lame jokes