Yamla Pagla Deewana

Yamla Pagla Deewana (transl.Crazy mad lover; Hindi pronunciation: [jəməlaː pəgəlaː d̪iːʋaːnaː]) is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language action comedy film directed by Samir Karnik, featuring Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, and Bobby Deol in the lead roles.[1] The film marks the second pair-up between the Deol family, after their last sports hit, Apne (2007). The film's title is inspired from the song "Main Jat Yamla Pagla Deewana" from the 1975 film, Pratigya also starring Dharmendra.[2] The theatrical trailer of the film unveiled on 5 November 2010, whilst the film released on 14 January 2011, and received good response upon release. It turned out to be a box office hit.[3] It is the first installment of Yamla Pagla Deewana film series and the 11th highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2011.

Yamla Pagla Deewana
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySamir Karnik
Produced bySamir Karnik
Nitin Manmohan
Story byJasvinder Bath
Sunny Deol
Bobby Deol
Kulraj Randhawa
Anupam Kher
Narrated byAjay Devgan
Music bySongs:
Anu Malik
Rhythm Dhol Bass
Nouman Javaid
Sandesh Shandilya
Rahul Seth
Background Score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
CinematographyKabir Lal
Binod Pradhan
Edited byMukesh Thakur
Release date
  • 14 January 2011 (2011-01-14)
Budget29 crore
Box office98.65 crore


Paramvir Singh (Sunny Deol) is a Non-resident Indian (NRI) living happily with his Canadian wife Mary (Emma Brown Garett) along with his two kids Karam and Veer and his mother (Nafisa Ali) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Years ago, after the birth of Paramvir's younger brother Gajodhar, Paramvir's father, Dharam Singh (Dharmendra) had run away from home and took Gajodhar with him, due to difficulties with the family. Back in reality, a Canadian comes to visit Paramvir at his home, where he sees Dharam Singh's photo. The Canadian recognises Dharam as a thief who had robbed him when he went to tour in Banaras. Upon hearing this news, Paramvir's mother sends him to Banaras to find his father, and younger brother.

When Paramvir reaches Banaras, he meets a youngster who cons him off all his money. Seeking help, Paramvir lands up at a bar, where he sees both Dharam Singh, and his brother Gajodhar Singh (Bobby Deol), who has now grown up. Paramvir realises Gajodhar is in fact the youngster who had earlier conned him, and is disappointed to see both his father and brother are con-men. When Paramvir sees Dharam alone, he confronts him and tells him his identity. However, Dharam refuses to acknowledge him as his son. Soon, Paramvir saves Gajodhar from getting attacked by goons, to which Gajodhar befriends him and accepts him to their team, not knowing that he is his elder brother.

During this time, Gajodhar falls in love with Saheba (Kulraj Randhawa), a Punjabi author. Dharam and Paramvir help him woo her, and the two start a relationship. Soon enough, Saheba's tough brothers find out, and beat Gajodhar up, and take Saheba back to Punjab. When Dharam sees that Gajodhar is hopeless, he breaks out, and asks Paramvir to help, and acknowledges that he is his father but he shouldn't tell Gajodhar anything about that, after which Paramvir and Gajodhar move to Punjab to get back his love.

Saheba's elder brother Joginder Singh (Anupam Kher)who is a cruel landlord of his village and her other brothers want to marry her to an NRI. Upon hearing this, Paramvir disguises Gajodhar up to make him look like a Punjabi, and they both go to Saheba's house, with Gajodhar pretending to be an NRI named Karamveer.On the other hand, Joginder has an arch-rival Minty (Puneet Issar) who wants to take Joginders place and doesn't want Joginder to win in upcoming elections. Joginder, after meeting both of them, decides that they would marry their sister to Paramvir, not to Gajodhar. However, Paramvir is already married. One night, Paramvir gets drunk and beats up Saheba's brothers but that only managed to worsen the matter. So Paramvir tells Gajodhar to run away with Saheba one night.

While they are making their escape, Dharam shows up with a band of musicians thus preventing Gajodhar and Saheba from running away because Dharam thinks Gajodhar is the one getting married but Saheba's family has chosen Paramvir. Dharam tells Paramvir and Gajodhar that Paramvir should be the one running away. So Paramvir attempts to go to the market but Poli brings him back home causing Joginder to think that Gajodhar and Dharam are joking as they said Paramvir is scared of marriage but unbeknownst to Dharam and Gajodhar, he is right behind them.

Joginder decides to get Poli married to Gajodhar which Gajodhar confesses to Saheba that he does not want at all and they will escape that very night. Again, they fail as Paramvir's wife Mary shows up with Karam and Veer (Paramvir's sons). Paramvir, Gajodhar and Dharam make up the story that she is their neighbor in Canada and that her husband is also named Paramvir who went missing last year. Mary knows that Paramvir is in front of her but chooses not to say anything because it will ruin the whole plan.

Joginder somehow finds out what has been on all this while and gets his men to attack Paramvir, Gajodhar and Dharam. Paramvir and Dharam beat his men up until Minty and his men show up. As Minty is about to attack Joginder, Gajodhar rescues him hence earning approval to marry Saheba instead of Paramveer. In the end, Dharam, Gajodhar, Paramvir, Mary, Saheba, Karam and Veer go to Canada where they live as one happy family.



The filming started in February 2010. Director Samir Karnik along with the lead cast of Dharmendra and Sunny Deol started shooting in Varanasi in April 2010.[4] The shooting was disrupted twice, first in March, due to the hospitalisation of Dharmendra,[5] and then in July, when Sunny Deol faced back problems while filming an action sequence.[6]


Critical response

The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars out of 5 saying "it reminds the audience of the films of yesteryear with the typical masala."[7] Gaurav Malani of the Times of India states, "This one is an entertainer and not without a reason".[8] Mayank Shekhar of Hindustan Times rated it 2.5/5.[9] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN says "Yamla Pagla Deewana is enjoyable" giving it 2.5 out of 5 stars.[10] Pankaj Sabnani of Glamsham.com gave 3 out of 5 stating "The right dose of action, drama and comedy, combined with a fine story make Yamla Pagla Deewana a paisa vasool entertainer. Go for it!"[11]

Box office

Yamla Pagla Deewana opened to a good response in India, raking in 240 million net over its first weekend[12] and approximately 350 million net at the end of its first week.[13] The film did particularly well in Punjab, Delhi and UP. It grossed approximately 8.50 crore in its second weekend taking the total gross to 430 million in ten days.[14] The film had a 300% increase in collections on Republic Day and grossed 495.0 million by the end of its second week.[15] In its third week, the film collected 35.1 million.[16] After seven weeks the film's net collections were 549.3  million.[17] In overseas markets, the film grossed around US$3,030,000.[18] The total worldwide gross of the film amounted to 887.2  million.[19]


The music of the film is composed by Pyarelal, Anu Malik, RDB, Nouman Javaid, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahul Seth, and Sanjoy Chowdhary. The lyrics are penned by Anand Bakshi, RDB, Rahul Seth, Nouman Javaid, Anu Malik, Irshad Kamil & Dharmendra. "Tinku Jiya" composed by Anu Malik was a chartbuster in 2011.

Yamla Pagla Deewana
Soundtrack album by
Released7 December 2010
GenreFeature film soundtrack

Track listing

1."Yamla Pagla Deewana"Sonu Nigam, Nindy Kaur 
2."Charha De Rang"Ali Pervez Mehdi, Shweta Pandit, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Rahul Seth 
3."Tinku Jiya"Mamta Sharma, Javed Ali 
4."Sau Baar"Shreya Ghoshal, Omer Nadeem 
5."Chamki Jawaani"Master Saleem, Mamta Sharma, Daler Mehndi 
6."Son Titariya"Krishna 
7."Kadd Ke Botal"Sukhwinder Singh 
8."Yamla Pagla Deewana (Remix)"RDB, Nindy Kaur 
9."Charha De Rang - 1"Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shweta Pandit, Mahalakshmi Iyer 
10."Charha De Rang - 2"Ali Pervez Mehdi 
11."Charha De Rang - 3"  
12."Gurbani"shahid mallya 


The sequel was announced after the success of the original, and the project began filming in September 2012. The first look of the film was also unveiled after its first schedule was completed also in September 2012. The sequel features the trio of Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol reprising their roles, with Neha Sharma and debutant Kristina Akheeva as female leads. Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 released on 7 June 2013, and received mixed to negative response. The third installment of the series was released on 31 August 2018 reprising the original lead male actors and Kirti Kharbanda as actress. The film generally received negative reviews and was a box office disaster.


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  2. "Dharmendra, Bobby to play conmen in 'Yamla Pagla Deewana'". MSN. Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  3. "'Yamla Pagla Deewana' promo grabs attention". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  4. "Dharmendra-Sunny-Deol to shoot in Varanasi in April for Yamla Pagla Deewana". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  5. "Dharmendra hospitalised in Chandigarh". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  6. "Sunny Deol's back problem delays Yamla Pagla Deewana shoot". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  7. "Yamla Pagla Deewana: Movie Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  8. "Movie Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  9. Mayank Shekhar. "Mayank Shekhar's Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  10. Rajeev Masand. "Movie Review: Masand's Verdict on Yamla Pagla Deewana". IBN Live. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  11. Pankaj Sabnani. "Movie Review: Yamla Pagla Deewana by Glamsham.com". Glamsham. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  12. "Yamla Pagla Deewana Box-Office Weekend: Rs. 240 Million!". Koimoi. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  13. "Dhobi Ghat Picks Up in Evening Yamla Pagla Deewana Very Good First Week". Box Office India. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  14. "Yamla Pagla Deewana Has Solid Second Weekend". Box Office India. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  15. "Yamla Pagla Deewana Second Week Territorial Breakdown". Box Office India. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  16. "Yamla Pagla Deewana Third Week Territorial Breakdown". Box Office India. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  17. "Box Office Earnings". Box Office India. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  18. "Top Grossers 2010-2011 OVERSEAS". Box Office India. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  19. "Top Worldwide Grossers Mid Year 2011 (Figures in INR Crore)". Box Office India. Retrieved 23 July 2011.
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