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Tere Bin Laden – Dead Or Alive review

Not as funny as original

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Director: Abhishek Sharma
Cast: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh, Piyush Mishra, Sikander
Rating: 2.5/5

When Abhishek Sharma was given the ‘Baawra ho gaya hai ke’ award for his film The Shaukeens at the Golden Kela Awards 2015, he looked introspective despite a laughing exterior. In his acceptance speech, he promised to make ‘meaningful’ films without getting into the rat race for stars. So has he made a better film this time around, with the sequel of his hilarious 2010 fare Tere Bin Laden?

The answer is somewhere in the middle. Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive is way better than The Shaukeens, but doesn’t match the wit of the original.

The film is very self indulgent. Everybody gets their share of screen time. From newspaper clippings featuring the producers Shetty sisters to a film director called Sharma, a lot of throwback props are used. Sometimes they work, but mostly they don’t.

Manish Paul plays filmmaker Sharma in Tere Bin Laden 2

The tentative storyline goes like this: A film called Tere Bin Laden has been a blockbuster, but its lead Ali Zafar has grabbed most of the credit leaving its director Sharma (Manish Sharma) in the same lurch he was before the film. Sharma can’t take things lying down, so he decides to shoot another film with Paddi Singh (Pradhuman Singh), the guy who plays Osama in Tere Bin Laden. But, the politics in the West has changed by now and the real Osama has been shot dead. And, now everybody is after the Osama look-alike. Sounds interesting? You don’t want the original film again, right? Or, maybe I am wrong.

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