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In one of the courtroom scenes in Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se, a group of people ask Dharmendra what's going to be their next move, to which the veteran actor excitedly bursts out saying, 'Time pass'. Ironically, time's the thing which just refuses to pass quickly when you are served this platter of boring fare in the name of an entertaining comedy. Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is as cold as the AC temperatures in the soaring summer heat.
What's the plot? Well, trying best to string together the scattered pieces, here's how it goes - Vaidya Puran (Sunny Deol) is an Ayurveda practitioner whose prized possession is a magic formula called Vajra Kawach, which was invented by his forefathers. A cure for pimples to impotency, the medicine soon catches the eye of a pharma giant who wants to attain the formula by hook or crook. Well, Puran is not just a purush, he's a mahapurush! It's not just about treating patients; he can put even a Superman to shame by stopping a speeding truck with his bare hands and bring a tremor on the ground when he beats the goons to pump.
Puran's brother Kaala (Bobby Deol) is a 40-year-old bachelor who dreams of a high life in Canada and is looking out for his dream girl. Last but not the least, completing the trio is their tenant Jayant Parmar (Dharmendra), a flamboyant lawyer who flirts with imaginary fairies and rides a scooter with sidecar carrying a Karwaan music box.
The Yamla, Pagla and Deewana unite for a cause after Chikoo (Kriti Kharbanda), a MBBS student enters their lives.
Back in 2011, the Deols ticked our funny bone with Yamla Pagla Deewana. It's sequel, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 turned out to be a box-office dud. And now, the third film in the franchise with a new director Navaniat Singh does nothing new to impress. Throw it some Punjab, racist jokes, stereotypes, filler songs, dishoom-dishoom and voila, you get Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se.
With a sloppy writing and characters reduced to cardboard caricatures, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se falls flat on its face. The only saving grace is Salman Khan's cameo before the end-credits and the Rafta Rafta medley, but by that time, the ship has already sunk.
Coming to the acts, it's heartbreaking to watch veterans like Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha being subjected to such mockery. The former brings in some charm, but it slowly loses its sheen; blame it on the amateur writing and direction. Sunny Deol does what he does best. But where's the dialoguebaazi, director saab? Bobby Deol sounds more like a kid with raging hormones. Kriti Kharbanda looks pretty, but hardly gets moments to showcase her acting chops.
Jitan Harmeet Singh's cinematography has nothing new to offer. One wished Manish More's editing had been sharper! The songs only add minutes to the runtime.
Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is nothing but a yawn-fest. While it feels good to see the Deols reunite on-screen, the trio are let down by atrocious writing and a sloppy direction. I am going with 2 stars.