Back in 2010, Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden practically redefined the comedy genre in Bollywood by proving that you don’t need mega-budget stupidity to make people laugh. Six years later the director is back with a sequel, let’s see how it holds up.
Tere Bin Laden - Dead Or Alive tells a pretty self referential tale of a director named Sharma played by Manish Paul who apparently made the original Tere Bin Laden film. But all the credit went to the lead actor Ali Zafar and now a mad Sharma wants to make yet another film with the actor who had played Osama - Pradhuman Singh. However, this time around the global scenario has changed and the Americans are looking for an Osama lookalike to kill on screen so that they can have visual proof. A terrorist leader played brilliantly by Piyush Mishra too gets involved in the mix and what follows is a crazy ride of confusion and wackiness.
Director Abhishek Sharma shows lots of promise in the sequel but doesn’t really live up to it. A few jokes stand out and some of the gags are unlike anything we have seen in recent times. But for some reason Sharma decides to recycle these gags until they lose their punch leaving us with a dry and often confused film.
The performances are brilliant as ever with Pradhuman Singh once again shining as the Osama lookalike - Paddi Singh. Manish Paul does a fair job but it will have to Sikander Kher who surprised us with his unrecognizable avatar in the movie of a white man disguising himself as an Indian.
Overall, fans of the original movie might find plenty to like in this sequel, but if you are one of those who found Sharma’s gags tedious in the first movie would do well to stay away from this one. We shall go with two stars for Tere Bin Laden - Dead Or Alive.