Directed by Samir Karnik (of Kyun Ho Gaya Naa), Yamla Pagla Deewana, completely befitting to the title, brings together the two generations of extremely handsome Deols in a single frame. The movie is a comic, romantic journey of an estranged family that starts from Canada works its way through Banaras and comes home to Punjab. The film is in post-production stage and is scheduled for release on January 14th, 2011.
Produced by Samir Karnik and Nitin Manmohan under the banner of Top Angle Productions, YPD is the second project bringing the Deol family together in a movie after their 2007 hit, Apne. YPD is also extra special to the family as it celebrates the dashing hero Dharmendra’s 50th year in Bollywood.
Along with Dharmendra, sons Sunny & Bobby co-star as the leading men. If rumours are to be believed, cousin Abhay Deol is reported to be doing a special item number in the film. The female lead is played by Kulraj Randhawa, who has acted in television and Punjabi movies, but makes her Bollywood debut with this film. Along with the stellar leading cast, the film boasts of an ensemble of supporting acts from Anupam Kher, Johnny Lever, Nafisa Ali, Mukul Dev, among many others.
The Father-Son duo of Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) and Gajodhar Singh (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 Vancouver, Paramveer lands up in Banaras claiming to be Gajodhar’s elder brother separated at childhood. The duo 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 girl 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 rollercoaster ride showcasing the Great Indian Joint Family, Eccentric Relatives, Marriage Mayhem, and a classic case of Mistaken Identities!
For those not very familiar with the 70’s-80’s Bollywood flicks, the film’s name is inspired from the song ‘Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana’ from the film Pratigya, starring Dharmendra.
It’s a common observation among trade circles that films which release subsequently post New Year in the month of January mostly fail to work at the box office. Here’s hoping YPD does break the jinx and kicks off the year 2011 with a victorious start.