After Osama's mysterious death, a Bollywood director is hired by the CIA on the pretext of making a Hollywood film. The real motive is to shoot a fake tape to prove Osama's death. The operation goes wrong when a Pakistani terrorist organization hijacks the idea to prove that Osama is alive!
After Osama's mysterious death, a Bollywood director is hired by the CIA on the pretext of making a Hollywood film. The real motive is to shoot a fake tape to prove Osama's death. The operation goes wrong when a Pakistani terrorist organization hijacks the idea to prove that Osama is alive! less
“Partially funny, this one lacks the wit & punches of the original.”
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I’ve never been able to live with the makers citing a disclaimer when their film is put in contrast to its original, whether it’s a sequel or a remake. The second part of Tere Bin Laden goes part through the same syndrome. It’s never a good sign when the original starts to make more sense only to leave you doubting its successors. Throughout the runtime of this short but dreary sequel, I could make why Tere Bin Laden was so easy on us while Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive not so much.
It has an easy explanation! A lookalike of world’s most wanted terrorist being used to shake the international political establishment in a drolly narrative, sounds one interesting idea eh? But as Will Smith quotes in one of his most memorable films- “Somethings are fun the first time you do them but not so much the second”, on similar lines, the makers of this enterprise have been caught hanging in the middle of nowhere, in fact somewhere in somewhere (watch the film to know what it’s about). Dead Or Alive is a no brainer with director Abhishek Sharma hoping to get lucky relying on I couldn’t figure what.
Manish Paul is a Halwai turned filmmaker who directed the original Tere Bin Laden. Put aside by the makers where the credit was due, he decides to churn up the sequel only to get his hopes shattered when America hunts down the real Osama. Now, the US president wants proof of his men hunting down Bin Laden and the leader of a terrorist outfit (Piyush Mishra) needs Osama to instil fear in his followers to get his business rolling. No prizes for guessing, their search is narrowed down to Piddhi Singh (the lookalike). Sikander Kher (or just Sikander as he liked his name in the credit role) comes to India on behalf of US president to film a killing sequence of Osama for which Manish is hired as a director. Similar confusing sequences spawn more chaos and we are brought to a climax where everybody is after each other.
Yes, the idea and its thorough treatment is a no brainer but still manages to raise some laughs. While Pradhuman (Piddhi) Singh with his usual Punjabi tenor is lovely, it is Sikander who springs a surprise by displaying his variety in a dual comic role. David, the American CIA official and Chaddha, the Indian version of the same man. With some good one liners and a handful of gags in his kitty, it was a pleasant surprise to see him do something good onscreen. Manish Paul is usual and you spend most time wondering if he’s still in the anchoring mode or out of it. Piyush Mishra unfortunately is wasted. The veteran gets no latitude to put some tickling going barring a joke or two.
Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive is an honest attempt to run a bag of gags going without being too serious at any point whatsoever. Yet, it’s that paucity of a tight and quirky script that could compliment the fest going. The film despite its short runtime will have you check your watch on more occasions than one I promise. Drawing comparisons with original is unfair I admit but to ignore the contrasts is impossible which I hope the makers understand.
Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive could best be given a chance if you have a low threshold for comedy. The films that offer so much potential but end up with bigtime displeasure are painful, trust me!