starts with a shoot out on the Howrah Bridge.
(Abhishek Bachchan) is seen shooting Michael (Ajay Devgan). A third
character by the name of Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) acts as a witness
to this incident.
movie then goes into a flashback which showcases everyone's lives.
We get to know how these three characters met and what made them
come together on Howrah Bridge.
The flashback starts with short tempered Lallan, who has grown up
on the streets. He works for Bandopadhyay (Om Puri), a corrupted
wife Sasi (Rani Mukerjee) is at the receiving end due to Lallan's
temper. She disapproves of his profession.
when Lallan becomes a powerful gangster, Bandopadhyay gives orders
to have him killed.
film then concentrates on Michael (Ajay Devgan), a student majoring
decides to challenge the politicians at their own game which leads
to clashes with Bandopadhyay.
audiences at this stage will find the film hard going as the director
delves too much into politics which becomes difficult to digest.
love interest is a French teacher (Esha Deol). But she has very
little to do in the film.
third angle in this thriller revolves around Arjun (Vivek Oberoi).
He is a womaniser who eventually falls for Mira (Kareena Kapoor).
She is on the verge of getting engaged to another man.
they agree to spend some time together with no long term commitments
but this is short lived as love blossoms between the two.
their first meeting, Michael convinces Arjun to join politics. Impressed
by what he sees in the political world, Arjun agrees. The film picks
up when Arjun learns that Lallan is about to kill Michael.
all three are seen on Howrah Bridge to settle their scores.
Mani Ratnam once again tries his best at portraying politics but
fails in the process. The subject appears long winded and boring
enough that you begin to get restless in your seat. You wish the
film will just move on.
having said this, the relationship between Lallan and Sasi is portrayed
with excellence by the director.
Music by A R Rahman and cinematography by Ravi Chandran are worth
praising. And so is the fight sequence during the climax scenes.
belongs to Abhishek all the way. His portrayal of a street smart
character, who is brutal and arrogant, is no easy job. But Abhishek
tackles his character with great ease.
deserves praise for his hard work. So watch out Bollywood. Here
comes the angry young man as he follows his father's footsteps -
Mr Amitabh Bachchan.
Devgan once again expresses himself through his eyes whilst Vivek
Oberoi gives a strong performance considering that he was overshadowed
by his colleagues in his last film, Masti.
Rani Mukerjee and Kareena Kapoor impress with their performances.
I must say, Kareena looks beautiful throughout the film.
not only looks the part but shows the emotions of her character
with real feelings.
Like Mani Ratnam's earlier releases including Roja, Bombay
and Dil Se, Yuva does impress the viewer. But will
it appeal to the masses in the UK? Well only time will tell.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood