Barely two weeks since the trailer of Yamla Pagla Deewana was unveiled in the theatres this Diwali, it has become the talk of the town. The camaraderie shared by Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol has made it the most-watched promo on YouTube. It has got 53 per cent votes, outscoring its nearest rival, Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan, toplining Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, by 30 per cent.
Director Samir Karnik is over the moon. Interestingly, Yamla Pagla Deewana was earlier supposed to release on December 24, the same day as Tees Maar Khan. Karnik says that they had to push back the release to January 14 because they were not getting good theatre chains. "The whole ball game has changed since our promos started playing," he says, adding that distributors are all excited about the hype the film has been generating since the promos are out.
Conceding that he didn’t want his film and Tees Maar Khan to eat into each other’s business, Karnik maintains that he’s happy with the new release date: "The film is coming on Makar Sankranti and during Lodhi, which is the biggest festival in Punjab. I’m really positive about the opening collections."
Dharmendra has penned a song for the film, Kad ke botel dab chu... Karnik says that it will be used in the last of the promos. "You can say we’re saving the best for last," he says, adding that it’s a Hindi-Punjabi number, the tune for which was also given by the veteran actor himself.
“Dharamji is a terrific writer, his poetry is amazing. When he recited the lyrics to me, along with a tune, I knew it should be recorded pronto. This track is not only the USP of our film, but also a surprise package. Even though it talks about Punjab, people across India will connect with it.”
If that’s not all, Karnik is also thinking of a sequel to Yamla Pagla Deewana. But he remains tight-lipped about it for now. “We’ll talk about it after the film releases, and I get the audience feedback. But you may get a hint of what’s to come in this film itself,” he says, adding that right now all he can think of is a two-month break. “I really need it.”