Johnny Johnny Yes Papa? No.

The career graphs of director Preetham Gubbi and actor 'Duniya' Vijay couldn't have been more similar. Preetham's maiden screenplay in the path-breaking Mungaru Male was a welcome relief. Vijay's arresting debut performance as a lead in Duniya won him accolades. Both showed promise. Both fizzled out of the race.

The duo churned out a moderate hit with Johny Mera Naam and seven years later, they are back with the sequel Johnny Johnny Yes Papa. Catchy music and engaging humour was the strength of the first film but no work has been done to make the second installment better.

Johnny Johnny Yes Papa has Johny (Vijay) and Pappu (Rangayana Raghu) running a company called Johnny.com that attempts to solve the problems of people in Rainbow Colony. The concept is dated and the outrageously silly humour only rubs salt into the wound.

The flippant ways in which Johny resolves problems is an example of bad screenwriting. From a police officer to Lord Rama to a news anchor in the US, he dons many characters to bring smile and cheer to the people who trust him. Tabala Nani's dialogues are filled with sexual innuendos and reflect a lack of creativity.

The second half is all about Johny and Pappu trying to stop Priya (Rachitha) from going to the US as her beloved father cannot think of living without her. Johny's mindless tricks continue here and one wishes Priya would just go to the US and put an end to the torture-fest. Vijay's brilliant dialogue delivery is the only consolation. In an interview ahead of the release, Preetham had said that the film is all about entertainment. Entertainment is fine, but at what cost? Hope he has something better to offer next time. For now, it's Johnny Johnny 'NO' Papa.

Vivek MV

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