Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive

Tere Bin Laden Dead Or Alive: A half baked satire which could have been better

Tere-Bin-Laden-Dead-or-Alive Movie ReviewBollywood has not been too successful with sequels, excluding an off case of Munnabhai series wherein “Lage Raho Munnabhai” was better than the prequel…

“Tere Bin Laden” in 2010 was a surprise hit, wherein a satire was presented extremely well by director Abhishek Sharma. Actor Pradhuman Singh became famous as a Osama Bin Laden look alike…

I guess it was the success of the prequel which motivated the film maker to make a sequel. “Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive” starts with the making of “Tere Bin Laden” by director Sharma (Manish Paul) who meets Paddi Singh (Pradhuman Singh) and decides to make a movie on Osama Bin Laden. The movie becomes a hit but all the accolades are taken by Ali Zafar the lead of the movie. Sharma & Paddi Singh is left high & dry. In the mean time America kills Osama Bin Laden and the world media ask its President (Iman Crosson) for the proof of Osama death. The president asks his associate David (Sikander Kher) to look out for a solution. David stumbles upon a video of the movie “Tere Bin Laden” and he comes up with an idea of shooting a video with the Osama look alike Paddi Singh wherein the entire sequence of Osama’s killing is shot. In the mean time an arms dealer in Pakistan Khaleeli (Piyush Mishra) whose business is down due to the killing of Osama Bin Laden also stumbles upon the video of “Tere Bin Laden” and he wants to kidnap Paddi Singh to make a video and show the world that Osama is alive. So what happens to Paddi Singh whether the Americans get him or the terrorists is what the movie is all about…

Story written by director Abhishek Sharma himself is a half baked satire and more of a mockery. The screenplay again written by Abhishek Sharma with Neha Sharma looks more like a mesh mash of sequences put together as a screenplay. The main issue of the writing is its flow which is not cohesive and every sequence looks dis-jointed. But we have to give to Abhishek & Neha who have been successful in putting in some punches which make you laugh like the “Olympia E Dahshat” sequence or the whole kidnapping sequence is hilarious. The first part excluding the beginning wherein too much time is spent on the making of “Tere Bin Laden” still holds on and you have enough laughs. It is the second half where the movie slips and the punches look repetitive and monotonous. The climax is actually extremely clumsy and does not end on high as its prequel. After the movie only three characters remain with you Paddi Singh, David and Khaleeli, rest of the characters does not have enough meat in the writing to create an impact. Overall a very average writing…

The dialogues by actor Pradhuman Singh try to lift the screenplay. I must say it is the dialogues which is the saving grace of the movie, especially that of Paddi Singh which gives you the laughs…

It is actor Pradhuman Singh as Paddi Singh who creates the maximum impact in the movie, though it is repeat act from the prequel but it does not look monotonous even a wee bit, all thanks to Pradhuman’s excellent performance. Another actor who makes an impact is Sikander Kher as David Chaddha, I think this is Sikander’s best film till date. Sikander gets enough screen time and does justice to it as well. Manish Paul as director Sharma fails to create an impact and looks lost, though he tried very hard but you can feel that his spontaneity which is seen more in his hosting is missing. Piyush Mishra as Khaleeli yet again proves what a brilliant actor he is, and also shows that he can excel in comedy as well. Rest of the cast like Sugnadha Garg, Iman Crosson, Rahul Singh, Chirag Vohra does not create too much of an impact. Ali Zaffar hams in his cameo which was completely not needed.

The production design by Wasiq Khan looks a tad shoddy and at times amateurish, I may say a bit over the top especially the choppers look like cardboard boxes… Cinematography by Amalendu Chaudhary also was inconsistent. Chandan Arora’s editing could have been better. Overall the technical aspect of the movie could have been better…

Music by Ram Sampath & Ali Zaffar fails to impress….

Abhishek Sharma had a brilliant concept and idea but somehow fails to implement both in the sense of engaging script and technical finesse, but where he wins brownie points is getting crackling performance by Pradhuman Singh, Sikander Kher & Piyush Mishra…

It won’t be too much to say that the movie is worth a watch for Chaddi Singh a.k.a Pradhuman Singh, I will go with Two & Half a stars….

Movie Rating: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

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