95 Min | Comedy – Drama | July 2010
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Starring: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh, Piyush Mishra
Tere Bin Laden Review: Tere Bin Laden is part of the new Indian Cinema. It belongs to the category of films like Dev D, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Road, Movie. These movies do not rely on huge budgets, exotic locales, over the top acting and item numbers. Instead the focus on plotting, scripting, directing and acting. Things that really make a movie. Tere Bin Laden is different from most Bollywood films that have been made in the last decade. It is well researched and actually says something intelligent. It has a sense of humor and has good jokes. Compared to the shipload of terrible comedies made in Bollywood over the last decade, Tere Bin Laden can be heralded as the 2nd coming.
Tere Bin Laden stars a bunch of character actors from Bollywood and stars a Pakistan Rocker as the lead. They all do a good job and all of them make an attempt to act and create. They seem like they are having fun and that goes a long way in making this a good comedy and not another piece of dung like Housefull and the like. Some jokes do fall flat but I think that’s because they try to make the film have more of a selling point but that doesn’t matter. The reference to the poet shows that the director is well read and intelligent. Ali Zafar the lead in the movie has posters of films like Goodfellas and Amercan History X. An Indian director with good taste in books and films? Thats new. It told me all I needed to know. I was in good hands. I would be entertained in an intelligent manner that wouldn’t insult my intelligence.
Tere Bin Laden towards the end makes a few intelligent points. The writer seems fairly up to date with current affairs and efficiently lampoons the current scenario. It is not like Karan Johar’s fecal piece My Name Is Khan that was so divorced from reality that it wasn’t even funny. It was just two and a half hours worth of depressingly bad cinema. Tere Bin Laden is a breath of fresh air in Indian Cinema. It is not quite art but at least it is entertaining.
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