FIRST Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive

FIRST Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive

Will this ribtickling comedy live up to the charm of its prequel? Over to City 1016's Lokesh Dharmani
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FIRST Movie Review: Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive
A still from Tere Bin Laden

DIRECTOR: Abhishek Sharma
STARRING: Manish Paul, Pradhuman Singh, Sikandar Kher, Piyush Mishra
RATING: 2 stars

We are funny. Because we are on many WhatsApp groups. No, no, we have some original jokes as well. And we will crack them all; sometimes in the context of the film, mostly out of context.

Tere Bin Laden scores more on cracking jokes rather than storytelling. The film abounds with placards and signage: a budding filmmaker carrying a certificate that reads 'Duffer', terrorists celebrating Olympia-e-dehshat with signs of 'Bomb Relay' and 'Jump' shoved so mercilessly into our faces that it ceases to be funny anymore. These signs don’t end throughout the film. A couple of them evoked a smile or two like an American Government agent with Chief of Invasion as his designation or a bank cheque from Bank of Illuminati or a van number that reads POK 1971.

And the writers fell so badly in love with a few of their jokes that it’s repeated at every given opportunity. A scene mentioned, ‘We will shoot’ at Somewhere in Somewhere, mocking the lack of planning in the industry. Funny the first time. They then show a map that reads, ‘Somewhere in Somewhere’, then it again appears on the screen and then a character says it yet again to the point that I almost screamed at the screen, 'YESSSSS-WEEE-GEETTTTTT-ITTTT!!!'

The film again, in the garb of humour, suffers from illogical sequences. An aspiring filmmaker can’t distinguish between terrorists and filmmakers. An American agent masquerades as a filmmaker to get proof of Osama’s death, alas stupidly depends on a filmmaker to achieve his goals. And a chopper is attacked, crashes and everyone comes out unscathed. Cars fly too in a Rohit Shetty film but last I checked, Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive was marketed as a satire rather than a no brainer of a comedy.

The plot of an Osama doppelganger torn between Americans and terrorists is funny indeed but loses punch because of lazy writing and loud performances.

This is Manish Paul’s second film, (no, I am not counting Tees Maar Khan) after Mickey Virus. Alas, he is still caught in his Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa anchor avatar. He smiles too much, emotes too much, distorts too much and raises overacting to the power of 80.

Pradhuman Singh as Osama’s lookalike fails to do wonders with a badly written character.

Piyush Mishra, a fabulous actor otherwise, grunts and grimaces through his lines without much reason.

Even the dialogues don’t help much. A girl interrupts a man saying, ‘Sorry to cut you(r) off.’ Why insert these lines when they don’t mean anything? They are not even funny. And someone please tell our filmmakers that the Sansani news anchor stopped being ticklish ever since the Titanic sank. Like really.


5 stars: Loved it. (This could make to top ten movies you must watch before you die!) 
4 stars: Liked it. Recommend it. (This will help you sound intellectual and give you stuff to add at water cooler conversations.)
3 stars: Didn’t hurt. Watch it once. 
2 stars: It put me to sleep. Watch it if you are an insomniac or a newly wedded couple. Winks!
1 star: Do I even need to explain this?