You just can’t take the ingredients of a cult film and expect it to work in a modern context without any trace of originality or ingenuity. Haven’t the makers learnt anything from Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag?

Umesh Bhisht does to Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron what RGV did to Sholay. Kills it and drags the corpse around. It’s no fun to watch.

Two photographers from the classic here become two photojournalists who under the backdrop of a bridge that has fallen off, just like in the original, must gather photographic evidence… for a TV scoop. Only that their editor is in cahoots with the bad guys. Wait, isn’t this then a remake and not exactly, a tribute?

It doesn’t help that the situations are so contrived and conveniently scripted, maybe under 30 minutes… after a single viewing of everyone’s favourite comedy. It doesn’t help that the comedy of errors here is so forced that many times in O Teri, the title reviews the film.

It doesn’t help either that there’s this curiously cast Bilal Amrohi trying to hijack the ensemble material into a launch vehicle for himself. “Look, my biceps. Look, I’m acting. Let me make it louder in case you didn’t notice. Look, I’m dancing. Look, I’m fighting.”

Even Vijay Raaz is made to ham here and Anupam Kher is totally wasted.

You might laugh exactly once during this comedy. When a CD involving a canine soothsayer gets swapped with the Radia tapes. If only the rest of the film had that kind of madness.

Genre: Comedy

Director: Umesh Bhisht

Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz, Mandira Bedi

Storyline: Two guys with a camera, a bridge that falls down, a touring corpse, corrupt builders, politicians, powerbrokers… Ring a bell?

Bottomline: Jaane Bhi Do Yaar… Let this movie go.