10:15 pm - Monday March 27, 2017

Yaara O Dildara Film Review

yaara o dildara film reviewBring all your bricks for throwing at me, as i’m entitled to writing an honest review, and those who expect all praises for YOD, should bring machine guns as well. Just remember that its my personal review. You might like the movie more than me, or you might find it even worse, we all have our choices and ways of thinking. So nothing personal here, just my two bricks…

I would say that Harbhajan Maan is entitled towards making family movies and he is doing a great job at it, but the audience today doesnt want family movies anymore. Even if Yaara O Dildaara didnt have all the faults that i’m going to list down, people still wouldn’t have made it a hit, because they dont want to watch family drama anymore. The same holds true for Bollywood these days. If the film Yaara O Dildaara fails, its not going to be Harbhajan Maan’s fault, it’s the audience’s fault. They dont want to watch good films anymore..

Yaara O Dildara is an average movie in all its brilliance. I wish i could say any better than that, but that’s how i felt. Its a family movie.. Yes; Harbhajan Maan has improved a lot in his act… Yes; Families enjoyed the film… Yes; Is it a great film… No. The film falls all over the place in the second half and the theater was full of hooting and funny comments in the second half.

Harbhajan Maan has given his best performance so far and there is no doubt about that. He was very good in emotional scenes as well. But still, to say, that he is a perfect actor, wont hold true. But he has tried his best to do the best this time and that should be appreciated. Gulzar Inder Chahal has done well, but his role was topsy turvy and it didn’t have enough depth to establish any sympathies from the audience. Everytime he would have things working out for him, those Gundas would drop in and we will see a fight sequence. Really inconvenient.

Yaara O Dildaara Film Review Harbhajan Maan

Tulip Joshi was absolute pleasure to watch.. oh she is beautiful and she did her part very well. Everyone in theater loved her and there was no hooting or commenting during her scenes. Junita Dodda, on the other hand, didn’t impress much. She didnt have much depth in her role and she didnt try much to do justice either. Tulip Joshi simply leaps far ahead of her in female wars. Besides Junita looked real fat in certain scenes. And hey, both of them should check their underarms before making bold moves in song sequences.

Gurpreet Ghuggi was good and people did clap for him, but for the first time i saw a number of his jokes falling apart and no one laughing at them. He also went off track with the 9 months / 11 months joke, that was ridiculous attempt at comedy and some people also made weird comments at that. Apart from that there were other jokes as well that didnt register for him. In saving his graces, he did put in some bold political jokes in the film concentrating on Akali/BJP and Congress political scenario. Those i really enjoyed. Also, his brief act as the Dean of college was simply awesome… a brief look into what Ghuggi is capable of as an actor.

As soon as BN Sharma appeared on screen, the theater was full of applause and some voices said.. “a Gaya Palta”. It took sometime to understand that he was acting as the Grandfather in the movie, but his scenes were amazingly good and i enjoyed his comedy. Akshita was wasted… Kabir Bedi was wasted… Daadi was good… That’s all.

All bricks i can bring together in evaluating the film and the problems with it, gesture towards the fact that plot was not necessarily bad, but it wasn’t executed well. Besides there was one loophole that totally killed the film for me. So.. Tulip Joshi and HM were going around and were like.. totally in love. Still, Tulip didn’t think it was important to tell HM about her father? Later HM’s folks actually came to her Home for her hand in marriage and they did touch upon her relatives and family background. Still she didn’t think of telling him the truth? That’s too far fetched. And to say that Tulip never knew about it as her mother never told her about it is again a huge loophole. Why didn’t her mother explain the truth to her when HM’s parents made it clear that they were interested in knowing who her father was?

Secondly, it was HM’s family who decided not to go ahead with the marriage of HM and Tulip, but in the end, HM says that it was Tulip’s decision to separate. That was awkwardly funny. Tulip sacrificed her love for HM’s character and HM’s character simply blames her for separating? is he really that naive? And also Why is Daadi asking Tulip’s Mother if they can still marry Tulip and HM? It was she and Kabir Bedi who refused the marriage.. total breakdown of plot lines.

Besides that, the background score was terrible in the film. All the action sequences were based on rock riffs and at other times it was too loud to be called a background score. The editing of the film was very bad. I remember that there were two incidents where the dialog wont even finish and the scene would cut to the next. Lighting in the film was bad. Most of the time, the lights were flickering. They are most notable in the scene where Kabir Bedi is sitting in the lawn under a make shift umbrella set. Daadi comes with HM and the lights on the whole Umbrella thingie are flickering. One of the viewers said “Oye voltage ghat a.. Fridge band kar deo…”.

There are other observations i made in the film and im putting them in words in a list:

1. One most irritating thing for me in the film were the extreme closeups. The camera was too much in the face and everyone looked old at such closeups. The closeups of the Actor who tells Kabir Bedi about Tulip ‘s Mother being unmarried were terrible. The camera was on his lips and eyes in extreme closeup. I understand the need for showing the effect of chuglian, but it should look good atleast.

2. The whole song sequence of Happy Hai Ji was shot inside the house. I know that it was meant to be a Party at Home, but the song lost all its impact, at least there could have been more crowd.

3. Exactly how many cars did Sandhu family have? Every time they would be driving a new car.. do they even know about Tax Department?

4. Jonita looked very fat in some scenes, especially where they are shopping for jewelry and she is wearing pink dress.

5. Jonita and Tulip… underarms ladies.. underarms…

6. In the second fight sequence Gulzar breaks the neck of a Gunda and clearly that move is capable of killing someone and still there are no consequences for him.

7. And in that very scene there is a Police Interceptor Gypsy coming in the garden… really? Can they do that?

8. After Gulzar has the dream sequence of HM and Jonita getting engaged, HM and Gulzar wake in the same bed… they are adults.. do they still sleep together? That was pretty awkward and…. you know what i mean.

9. When Tulip and her mother are leaving for Canada, they have no luggage. You can say that they might have already checked it in. But if they have checked-in their luggage, how can Kabir Bedi and family actually come and meet them in the boarding area?

10. When the film ends, they all start walking in the direction in which Tulip and her mother were walking when they were leaving for Canada. Are they all going to Canada now? Shouldn’t they exit from the gate, from which they initially came in?

In the end i would say that Harbhajan Maan is entitled towards making family movies and he is doing great job at it, but the audience today doesnt want family movies anymore. Even if Yaara O Dildaara didnt have all these faults, people still wouldn’t have made it a hit, because they dont want to watch family drama anymore. The same holds true for Bollywood these days. If the film Yaara O Dildaara fails, its not going to be Harbhajan Maan’s fault, it’s the audience’s fault. They dont want to watch good films anymore..

About the author

bricktop BrickTop is "Rick" from Chandigarh. He is known for his brutal honesty with reviews of Punjabi Music albums and Films. His weapons are sharp wit and sarcasm. Apart from writing articles for www.punjabiportal.com he is also a moderator at a number of other internet forum communities.


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23 Responses to “Yaara O Dildara Film Review”

  1. February 26, 2012 at 2:55 am #

    i like the move of Yaara O Dildaara.

  2. Harjit Singh
    October 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Bai vehla baitha c so sochya kal shaaam nu film dekh ke jo time kharab kita udhe baaare kush likhan…..

    So aini ku maadi film man aavdi life ch nahi dekhi, aidhe naalo taan main Doordarshan te mera pind mere khet cekh lainda taan zada entertainment ho jana c….yaaar mainu samjh ni lagdi ki , Direction enni maadi v ho sakdi. Jammmmme tarakkkki film …. Example layi kujh scene , Jad college ch harleen di ragging hundi ai taaa pishe Classical music laa rakhya . Uh Lambu bai , uh larhda v changa ni lagda….Baaaki ghughi kolo v kush ni sarya ais film ch.. Te Mayi ne taaa jammme lasssi karti uh aakhri wale emeotional scene ch….Hun sunao harbhajan maan saaab baaare….Bai ji sara jor kaprhe labhan te hi la dende o ..baiji ating v sikho…j acting aundi aai taan kasha banyan paaa ke v film chal jaaani aa nahi Porche, merc S class naaal kujh ni hona….But i will say its not ur mistake , Whole director and editing team and music director’ fault [Lots of expressions altered, due to use of Rude language]

    October 11, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    I saw this movie last night and seriously i myself felt really uncomfortable at some of the various awkward situations.
    1. The very first college fight scene about ragging is really really old school , nobody does this anymore dude.
    2. Jonita….. You are too fat to be on screan.
    3. Harbhajan maan…. comparatively better acting but still give you 2/5. same face expressions in all sort of scenes.

    To be honest, to all punjabi movie makers, you cant attract punjabi youth untill you show foreign countries in your movies.
    And seriously , i am sick of this all family type, biji – bhapaji dialoges.

    in nut shell [comment edited - Reason - Abusive Language]

  4. PFlover
    October 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Hats off to da person who wrote this ‘balanced review’. Excellent… HM nd his films nu bura v ni kehya te nal di nal pyar nal galtiyan v dass ditya…excellent…u know wht iss film bare hun aaya assli review…forum ch jo v reviws ne biased ne… But definately jo points review vich likhe ne ohi mein v notice kite c. in conclusion, Good attempt by HM n his entire team……but boht kuch technically, casting wise, direction etc jo improve ho sakda c…..i thought eh draft copy dikha rahe ne…nywys all the best for the future nd bricktop ur the taran adarsh of punjabi cinema, v need people like u jo dove pakh di gal karan not biased…thnks

  5. Gagan
    September 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    There was no fault of Harbhajan mann….the direction and the execution of the movie was totally full of mistakes…i was wondering who is the main lead in the picture..harbhajan mann, inder, kabir bedi or ghuggi….

    • rk
      October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

      sorry, but HM is responsible as the driving force behind the film.

  6. September 27, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    haha, jini ku tu tareef kiti aa film di, ene jogi hai ni ehe

  7. DrGurtej
    September 27, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Killer review……… written with whole spirit……….

  8. rkahlon
    September 27, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    I think audience will want family films even today ONLY if their presentation is sharp.

    Bland presentation will not work, it never worked even when family films were doing well in BW. All family films other than Yash Chopra’s and KJo’s and HAHK flopped even then, because none of them showed an equal romantic side to the protagonists.

  9. Harveer Sandhu
    September 27, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Meinu ta lagda k eh review kuj jayada hi tarif kar reha hei film di.. asal ch ta film bahut hi jayada boring c…

  10. harlin
    September 27, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    i haven’t watched the movie but i was expecting the same…ditto bricktop’s views

  11. Pritpal Pabla
    September 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Interesting review.. Totally different from the ones I read in forums…. Will wait until the DVD release..

    • bricktop
      September 27, 2011 at 2:07 am #

      Please do. Will like to hear what you have to say

  12. rkahlon
    September 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    You know, I feel for Harbhajan Mann’s sweet, innocent and honest personality and his efforts to revive Punjabi Cinema seemed to be honest till 2-3 years ago. The problem is, he is/tries to be achingly sweet.

    12 years since his first film, he is still stuck there. Good boy. Good son. Good brother. Not even a good husband yet. Did he play a husband in any film?

    Give me a rustic, equally honest and enjoyable Varinder any day. Pendu he might have come across to some, but there was a depth in his rusticity. That depth is missing in everyone else today.

    Also, the directors change every time, but the films do not change. I wonder why.

    • bricktop
      September 27, 2011 at 2:08 am #

      The tastes have changed. People dont want to watch goodie goodie movies anymore. It really is not HM’s fault. He is entitled towards family movies.

      • rkahlon
        September 27, 2011 at 3:04 am #

        I think good image films are always a big draw if they are presented crisply. Varinder was always a hero, of masses, but females outside the screen enjoyed his crude fun with Preeti Sapru and other heroines.

        After DDLJ, Shahrukh Khan did same movies for next 10 years, but he was always decently naughty in them. He was also shown flirt in most of them. He betrayed in others only to return back. He was selfish in KKHH and even in DDLJ. He left home on K3G. His flirtations in DDLJ and even in KKHH were trend-setters.

        Forced good image will not work. Some kind of mischievousness is needed. HM and people surrounding him need to change this notion that HM has to maintain a strict good image otherwise Punjab will take to riots. It looks forced now seriously. That he can only be cast as best son, best brother, best lover, best friend is becoming painfully boring now.

        Take a leaf from Shaheed-e-Mohabbat. There was a subtle hint of an older man marrying a very young girl back in those times. Not forced to look same age.

    • xp0z3d
      October 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      Excellent post! Why some film makers stuck in these artificial characters? I think a realistic well made Punjabi movie would do much more for our cinema than these Holier than thou character centered movies. Bollywood used to have this earlier where Hero is good at everything and he is perfect Human being , in real life things are not like that.

  13. noor dhillon
    September 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Awesummm article, luvvveddd it especially dat- dey should chk their underarms,
    ending was boring indeed, worst dailogue was of daddi- meria aakhaan age hanera aa gya, tulip said- tuhanu bhul gya k tuhadi nuh dr a, lolzzzz :P n daddi alright ho jaandi, daadi de behosh hon da raaz nai samaj aya mainu,
    HM has improved alot,
    tulip, jonita , bakia almost sab ladkia nu weight loose karna chahida c, bht weird lag rahia c sab,
    humour kuj jyada nai c, ghughi did well.
    Cars di tan lagda factory c ohna di, kuj samaj nai aya.
    All in all average movie, hardly 20 log c ajj theatre ch

    • bricktop
      September 27, 2011 at 2:10 am #

      Nice to hear that you agree with the review Noor… you are right about the Daadi’s dialoges… at that time everyone started moving out in the theater and i wasnt able to hear the dialoges.. i kept sitting till the end, but due to people talking.. missed the dialoges

  14. K Cheema
    September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I agree with review. Me and my friends doesnt enjoy film…. Boring

    • bricktop
      September 27, 2011 at 2:10 am #

      Well.. it wasnt really that boring.. but i know what you mean..

  15. sandeep cheema
    September 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    1st punjabi movie had that bad review

    • bricktop
      September 27, 2011 at 2:11 am #

      Nope.. there have been many others….

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