Osama Bin Laden is a name that infuses trepidation because of his involvement in the 9/11 US terror attacks. TERE BIN LADEN is a film that will change the way people perceive Osama. It perhaps will even make Osama laugh if he ever gets to see it.
Pakistani singer Ali Zafar makes his acting debut with TERE BIN LADEN. He plays the role of Ali Hassan, a reporter from Pakistan, who wants to make it big in the US. No matter how many different looks he dons (funny), his visa is always rejected. One fine day, he comes across an Osama Bin Laden lookalike at a Mukabla-e-bang (a competition of cocks) and makes a fake video with him, to later sell it for a ransom. But what seemed an innocuous act lands him in trouble as an official named Ted (Barry John) from the White House is in his pursuit.
TERE BIN LADEN has a tight script. Right from the very first scene the mood is set. The tempo of the film is very consistent and moves at a brisk pace. At no point do you feel it is losing its way.
It tastefully takes a dig at America and Pakistan. There’s a visa office named Lashkar-e-America in Pakistan. When Ted is asked his rationale behind attacking Afghanistan when he knows that Osama is actually in Pakistan he says he has 100 million dollars allotted for the mission and cannot use the entire sum in only consuming coffee.
It has its share of double-meaning jokes but they aren’t crude. There is an amusing scene in which a loyal cock sacrifices its life to save Noora (Pradhuman Singh) and turns into a tandori chicken. Also, when Majeed (Piyush Mishra) finds himself in a gutter, he asks if he has reached America.
It is not just the uproarious moments that make it shine. TERE BIN LADEN also has a good and innovative story weaved around Osama Bin Laden. Abhishek Sharma’s direction is flawless.
The film scores high in the performance department. The casting is very apt. Debutant Ali Zafar is quite promising and confident. Pradhuman Singh is perfect. Credit must be given to the make-up artists, who make him perfectly resemble Osama Bin Laden. Piyush Mishra is incomparable. Sugandha Garg (who shot to fame with JAANE TU YAA JAANE NAA) is decent but she doesn’t have much to do in the film. Chirag Vohra (as editor Lateef, who writes the lines in Arabic language) is impressive. Nikhil Ratnaparkhi (as Gul, the cameraman) is competent. Rahul Singh (radio jockey Qureshi) is good and last but not the least Chinmay Mandlekar (as Barry John’s sidekick) is entertaining.
TERE BIN LADEN is ‘laden’ with many humourous moments. It is by far the funniest film in recent times. A must watch.