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Yuva
Director: Mani Ratnam
Cast:
Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Isha Deol & Sonu Sood
Film Information:
Contains moderate violence
Length:
2hrs 48mins
Release:
21st May 2004 by 21st Century Productions
12 cert camera
Vivek Oberoi & Kareena Kapoor in Yuva
Vivek Oberoi & Kareena Kapoor in Yuva
A brilliant performance by Abhishek Bachchan, but is the film worth seeing?

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Yuva starts with a shoot out on the Howrah Bridge.

Lallan (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.

The 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 politician.

His wife Sasi (Rani Mukerjee) is at the receiving end due to Lallan's temper. She disapproves of his profession.

But when Lallan becomes a powerful gangster, Bandopadhyay gives orders to have him killed.

The film then concentrates on Michael (Ajay Devgan), a student majoring in politics.

He decides to challenge the politicians at their own game which leads to clashes with Bandopadhyay.

Some audiences at this stage will find the film hard going as the director delves too much into politics which becomes difficult to digest.

Michael's love interest is a French teacher (Esha Deol). But she has very little to do in the film.

The 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.

Initially they agree to spend some time together with no long term commitments but this is short lived as love blossoms between the two.

During 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.

So all three are seen on Howrah Bridge to settle their scores.

Director 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.

But 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.

Yuva 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.

He 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.

Ajay 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.

Both Rani Mukerjee and Kareena Kapoor impress with their performances. I must say, Kareena looks beautiful throughout the film.

Rani 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.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood


 
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