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Times of India
After quitting his thriving halwai business in Delhi's Chandni Chowk to make a career in films, Sharma (Manish Paul) strikes gold with his directorial debut that features Paddhi (Pradhuman Singh), who is a spitting image of Osama Bin Laden. Osama's untimely death shatters their plans of a sequel. Meanwhile, both FBI and a Mujhahideen organisation are hunting for the doppelganger.
Sequels always run the risk of falling short of expectations. In 2010, Tere Bin Laden emerged as surprise hit with its abundant laughs and particularly smart writing. This time director Abhishek Sharma is hardly able to conjure up an equally enticing story. The chuckles are fewer and the wit from the first part is nowhere to be seen.
Franchises are mostly created for moolah and that could be a valid reason for this sequel as well, but with the lack of an effective story to go with it, the results aren't appealing.
The humour is rather low-IQ and most gags are far from enjoyable. The laughs are fewer and restrict themselves primarily to the first half. A certain Olympia-e-dehshat is the only one scene that will have you in splits. There is something funny about a bomb relay race and watching terrorists compete to win a suicide jacket personally autographed by Osama. Their starstruck eyes are bound to tickle your funny bones.
A good part of the first hour features Ali Zafar who is nothing like the clever man you remember from the 2010 original. He plays an arrogant superstar who dances to an odd item number about his six-pack abs. Manish Paul is earnest but the television host inside him outdoes the actor. Sikander Kher in his dual role is seen having a ball of a time, which reflects in his performance. Iman Crosson and Piyush Mishra are absolutely wasted. And, Pradhuman Singh is endearing in his part.
What this oversimplistic film lacks, is sharp writing. It is entertaining in parts but once the curse of the second hour strikes, the wicked streak takes a backseat. Tere Bin Laden : Dead or Alive, misses the spunk of its prequel.
बॉलिवुड में रीमेक और सीक्वल बनाने का ट्रेंड कोई नया नहीं हैं। अगर किसी भी मेकर की पिछली फिल्म बॉक्स ऑफिस पर लागत बटोरने के बाद कमाई करने में कामयाब होती है तो प्रॉडक्शन कंपनी को लगता है कि अब इसका सीक्वल बनाकर कमाई की जाए। दरअसल, मेकर्स को सीक्वल बनाना नई फिल्म की बजाय ज्यादा आसान और कमाई का सौदा लगता है। शायद यही वजह है करीब 6 साल पहले बिना किसी प्रमोशन के लगभग नई स्टार कास्ट के साथ सीमित बजट में बनी तेरे बिन लादेन की प्रॉडक्शन कंपनी अपनी पिछली फिल्म के डायरेक्टर को सीक्वल बनाने के लिए ग्रीन सिग्नल दिया। अब ऐसी कहानी का जो पिछली फिल्म में लगभग पूरी तरह से खत्म सी हो गई हो, उसे आगे खींचना आसान काम नहीं होता लेकिन इस कहानी के साथ इस बार एक प्लस पॉइंट यह नजर आ रहा था कि अमेरिका ने एक सीक्रेट मिलिटरी ऑपरेशन में आतंकवादी ओसामा बिन लादेन को मार दिया था। इसी प्लॉट को लेकर स्टोरी राइटर ने इस सीक्वल पर काम शुरू किया। इसकी शुरुआत तो ठीकठाक रही, लेकिन बाद में स्टोरी ट्रैक से ऐसे उतरी कि फिर ट्रैक पर लौट नहीं पाई।
कहानी : फिल्म की शुरुआत में पिछली फिल्म का जिक्र करके डायरेक्टर ने अपनी इस फिल्म की कहानी को पिछली फिल्म के साथ जोड़ने के लिए एक प्लॉट पेश किया है। शर्मा (मनीष पॉल) के पिता हलवाई हैं, लेकिन शर्मा नहीं चाहता कि वह अपने पिता के काम को आगे बढ़ाए। शर्मा के अपने कुछ अलग सपने हैं। अपने इन्हीं सपनों को साकार करने के लिए शर्मा मुंबई जाता है। मुंबई में उसकी मुलाकात प्रदीप उर्फ ओसामा (प्रद्युम्न सिंह) से होती है। पीद्दी उर्फ ओसामा शर्मा को बताता है कि उसे पिछली फिल्म में लादेन बनाया गया और फिल्म सुपरहिट रही। शर्मा उसकी पिछली फिल्म का सीक्वल बनाने का फैसला करता है, लेकिन इसी बीच लादेन मारा जाता है। दूसरी ओर अमेरिका के प्रेजिडेंट ओबामा पर विपक्ष और दूसरे नेताओं का दबाव है कि आतंकी लादेन को कैसे मारा गया और उसे कहां दफनाया गया इस बारे में सबूत पेश करे। वहीं, अफगानिस्तान में एक आतंकवादी संगठन का सरगना खलीली (पीयूष मिश्रा) किसी भी सूरत में यह साबित करना चाहता है कि लादेन जिंदा है, क्योंकि लादेन के मारे जाने की खबर के बाद खलीली का गैरकानूनी हथियार बेचने का बिज़नस ठप हो रहा है। ऐसे में इनका ध्यान ड्यूप्लिकेट लादेन पर पड़ता है। ड्यूप्लिकेट लादेन को लेकर जहां यूएसए की ओर से आया डेविड (सिकंदर खेर) एक फिल्म शुरू करता है। इस फिल्म का डायरेक्टर शर्मा है और लादेन का किरदार प्रदुम्मन को सौंपा जाता है। डेविड इस फिल्म को किसी सीक्रेट मकसद को पूरा करने के लिए बना रहा है।
डायरेक्शन : ऐसा लगता है फिल्म शुरू करने के बाद कहानी को कैसे आगे बढ़ाया जाए इसी को लेकर अभिषेक शर्मा असंमजस में ऐसे फंसे कि कहानी लगातार कमजोर पड़ती गई। ऐसा लगता है अभिषेक यह समझ ही नहीं पाए कि क्लाइमेक्स में क्या किया जाए। हां, इंटरवल से पहले अभिषेक ने कई सीन में अच्छी मेहनत की है।
संगीत : फिल्म का कोई ऐसा गाना नहीं जो हॉल से बाहर आने के बाद आपकी जुबां पर आ सके।
क्यों देखें : इंटरवल से पहले आपको इस सीक्वल में जहां कॉमिडी का जोरदार पंच मिलेगा तो वहीं इंटरवल के बाद आप अपसेट हो सकते हैं।
A comedy of terrors
Making light of terror is a format that has historically worked, ever since the days of Charlie Chaplin. When Tere Bin Laden (2010) released, it was well received for poking fun at the yet-tobe-nailed-most-wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden by casting a nutty doppelganger (Pradhuman Singh). A year later, Laden was shot and killed by US forces in an operation that went down as a significant achievement in President Barack Obama's resume. Coming up with a sequel would seem pointless, as a doppelganger of a deceased terrorist would have little application, plot wise. But Abhishek Sharma (director and writer) manages two strong pegs. As it turns out, President Obama is haunted by visions of Osama (he sees him almost everywhere) as he doesn't have any evidence to suggest that the most feared terrorist has actually been taken down. "Somewhere in Afghanistan", an arms dealer realizes the stir he can cause if the lookalike is commissioned to record a video announcing his existence. So the Americans want to shoot him while shooting him and the terrorists want him to stay alive and play on the Amreeki intelligence.
A chicken farmer from Pakistan in the first part, Paddi Singh, plays a folk singer hopeful of making it in the Maximum City. He teams up with Sharma (Manish Paul), an unemployed filmmaker who has forsaken his family jalebi shop to follow his dreams. Soon, the two are lured by two parties — the CIA (in guise of including the two in a Hollywood film on Osama) and a terror group who'd want their chief's lookalike to be around. The film takes a wild turn when the two realize the true motives for which they're being pursued. Some of the supporting cast members from the first part are thrown in for good measure and Ali Zafar packs in a cameo.
Manish Paul may be the official lead but this film belongs to Sikander Kher. Be it the yee-haw Southern Texas accent he pulls off while playing CIA chief David Dosomething or his alter ego, which manifests by tweaking the "detachable mole" on the side of his neck — the happy-gogaudy Haaliwood producer David Chaddha. To play the latter, he gets into a hairier version of the Nutty Professor bodysuit to pass for a Punjabi NRI with celluloid dreams. In both, he's unrecognizable and committed. If only the dialogues were sharper, his character could've been legendary. Paul isn't too bad either but doesn't manage to hold your attention and his back story of being a reluctant halwai is hardly amusing. The superstar of the first part, Pradhuman Singh is about as cocky here too but doesn't manage to steal the show. Piyush Mishra is delightful as the terrorist/ arms dealer who worships Osama and Iman Crosson, who's made a career out of playing the American President in US sitcoms, gets the body language, voice and enunciation immaculately.
Director Abhishek Sharma is responsible for the celluloid turd The Shaukeens, which he made between the first Laden and this one. His sensibilities as a maker seem to be skewed towards slapstick and while the detailing in every gag is incredible, most of them are subtle enough to go unnoticed. A very Hot Shots! brand of gag is the one where the CIA chief and his assistant (who he only refers to as 'junior') speak in sign language while on a helicopter. One would imagine that the noise of the chopper warrants this mode of communication, it is later revealed the noise was actually from an electric shaver being used by one of the troops on board. It's a well-written gag but fails to garner the desired impact.
The film sets the premise and labours in detailing every sequence, but somehow it doesn't add up. But if you've had a long, tiring week, this one wouldn't hurt.
The film is a sequel to 2010 film 'Tere Bin Laden.' Although, the stories of both the films are linked, they are not in continuity.
Manish Paul has replaced Ali Zafar to play the lead in the sequel.
The CG in most helicopter scenes were poor and looked visibly fake.
The shadow of someone from the film's production crew was visible in a few scenes.
The scene in which Piyush Mishra is blown up was far from authentic.
After the success of Tere Bin Laden, the film Tere Bin Laden : Dead or Alive starts with a back story. The story of its Director Sharma Junior who belongs to a halwai brethren in Chandni Chowk. His family is into sweet making business and he harbours a love for films. He quits his hometown and family business for films and makes the successful film around Osama's doppelganger that starred Ali. Once the film is successful, Ali the superstar wants to make the franchise bigger. The arrogant star ousts the director but Padhi remains integral to the plot and is irreplaceable.
Eventually Ali is dropped and work for the sequel begins. The shoot, however, is disrupted when Osama died after which counter claims of him being alive stirred up another controversy.
The US wants to get a proof that they brought down Osama and meanwhile, Khalili the terrorist arm dealer wants the world to believe he is alive. The US intelligence is looking for someone who can pass on for Osama and the terrorists have their own plan going on.
The intelligence agency hatches a plan to get Paddhi. The top brass gets a makeover and poses as David Chadha, a Hollywood producer. He lures Sharma and Paddhi to sign a film with him about Osama. Meanwhile, the terrorists manage to get them. Sharma and Paddhi record a video for Khalili. David comes and rescues them.
David has their own plans. He takes them off to an unknown location that is fashioned as Abbotabad, the same place Osama was brought down. The first few attempts to kill Paddhi falls flat and soon after, Sharma and company realises their plan and manages to dupe them and flee.
Sharma strikes a deal with both Khalili and David. They shoot a footage with Paddhi and show that the American President led the team that killed Osama. Khalili is given a lumpsum by the American Government and Sharma and Paddhi do a Hollywood film and become stars.
'Tere Bin Laden - Dead Or Alive', the much promising sequel of the 2010 hit flick 'Tere Bin Laden' has received an average response at the box office.
The film collected about Rs 75 lakh on its opening day, which had several other releases including Hollywood films 'The Revenant', 'Carol' and Bollywood films like 'Aligarh', Bollywood Diaries' and 'Love Shagun.' It made a total of Rs 2.10 crore in its first weekend and Rs 3.50 crore in its first week.