Banner: Walkwater Media
Producers: Pooja Shetty Deora & Aarti Shetty
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Star Cast: Manish Paul, Sikander Kher, Pradhuman Singh, Mia Uyeda, Piyush Mishra, Sugandha Garg and above all President Obama
Music: Dhruv Dhalla
Writer-director Abhishek Sharma tried his level best to make a worthy sequel in Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive but has miserably failed to recreate the magic of its prequel Tere Bin Laden.
So this time, it’s operation ‘Osama Dead or Alive?’ Set against Osama Bin Laden’s mysterious death followed by counter reports claiming he is alive, stirring the biggest controversy in the world. The US wants to prove to the world that they shot him dead while Khalili (Piyush Mishra) the terrorist arms dealer wants the world to believe he is alive. In fact Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive is a whacky comical satire that misfires as it transpires in this desperate tug of war between US & the Terrorists. Stuck in this distressed crossfire is a budding Bollywood film director Sharma (Manish Paul) looking for a big break, gets hired by US agent David Chaddha (Sikander) on the pretext of making a Hollywood film on Osama using his doppelgänger Paddi Singh (Pradhuman Singh). The hidden motive is to shoot a fake tape to prove his death.
Director Abhishek Sharma has made a complete mess in trying to justify a sequel of a cult & iconic film like Tere Bin Laden. Truthfully speaking Tere Bin Laden was and still is one of the “Best Films” to have been made in the last decade. Nothing but nothing seems to work in favour of Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive. Even the gags are forced down the audiences gullet. Which in turn hardly raises a full throated laughter. Need I say anything more.
Performance wise Pradhuman Singh turns out to be the biggest disappointment of all. Manish Paul’s (as himself) satirical comic attempt is laudable at times. Sikandar Kher unfortunately could not deliver the goods at all that too when he had the opportunity to enact a dual role. Ali Zafar in a cameo is hardly impressive or rather totally wasted to say the least. The extended cameo of President Obama was totally uncalled for and should have been dispensed with.
Tail Piece: Its safe to give miss to a lacklustre film like Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive. In fact it will be better to watch the DVD of the prequel Tere Bin Laden. And if you are still curious to know what happens in the sequel Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive then wait for its global premiere on the small screen.