24 October, 2020

Tere Bin Laden

A mad film that falls short of being truly madcap.

Tere Bin Laden

Starring: Ali Zafar, Barry John, Piyush Mishra
Directed by Abhishek Sharma
Rating: **

Tere Bin Laden is a unique Bollywood film in that it’s all about Pakistan. The characters, story, setting and lingo (great use of Punjabi spoken across the border) are Pakistani, which lends it a certain amount of novelty and freshness. Moreover, even in terms of the form and tenor, Tere Bin Laden takes off from where Pakistani comic serials, like Bakra Kishton Par, left.

The opening scene sets the tone. Newsman Majeed (Piyush Mishra with his wig flying away in the air, literally) is reporting from Jinnah airport, Karachi, on the first flight coming in to Pakistan from America post 9/11. The acting is deliberately hammy, situations intentionally silly and jokes consciously over-the-top. So...



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