BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

29 October 2014
shropshireshropshire

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Shropshire
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Shropshire

Birmingham
Black Country
Hereford & Worcester
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


Yuva
Director:
Mani Ratnam
Cast:
Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji, Isha Deol & Sonu Sood
12 cert camera
Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerjee in Yuva
'Refreshingly different' says Jay Mamtora.

SEE ALSO

Read our BBC Shropshire review on Yuva.

Our Bollywood Previews section gives you all the information of forthcoming films coming soon to a cinema near you.

Read our BBC Shropshire preview on Yuva

Bollywood news gives you all the gossip about the films and their stars.

At BBC Shropshire, we have chosen the Top Ten Bollywood movies for this month. These films are well worth a "dekko" at a cinema near you.

Our Bollywood film section has all the information you need, including a guide to local cinema, previews and reviews on the latest releases.

Visit our Film Vault if you want to get a low down on all Bollywood releases for the past year.

Be the first to see our Bollywood Picture Gallery which displays the images of films as they release at your local cinema.

Why not take a look at our Bollywood Buzz which gives you links to pictures of current events and parties taking place in Bollywood.
HAVE YOUR SAY

Get it off your chest on our Bolly messageboard.

Or you can personally contact our Bollywood film specialist, Manish Gajjar, who maintains our Bollywood section at BBC Shropshire: manish.gajjar@bbc.co.uk
PRINT THIS PAGE
View a printable version of this page.
Mani Ratnam is a name that has always been associated with deep meaningful cinema. Roja and Bombay were near masterpieces.

Dil Se, his first Hindi venture, however was disappointing and sank at the turnstiles.

His second mainstream Hindi venture Yuva is an interesting tale of how fate intervenes in our lives and can change them forever.

It tells the story of three contrastingly different individuals whose lives are inter-linked through inevitable circumstances in Calcutta.

Lallan (Bachchan) is a hot blooded, street smart vagabond to whom violence is a way of life - even if it is at the cost of his marriage to Sashi (Rani Mukherjee).

Michael (Devgan) is an idealistic PhD student campaigning to get into politics and a potential threat to a corrupt MP (Puri).

Arjun, (Vivek Oberoi) on the other hand is a selfish, free spirited guy who takes each day as it comes. He plans to move to the US with the hope of making it big.

Subsequently, Lallan is hired to assassinate Michael at the MP's request. During the assassination attempt, Michael is shot and severely wounded.

By a strange twist of fate, Arjun is in the vicinity with Meera (Kareena Kapoor) on Howrah Bridge.

He saves Michael's life and it is at this point that a chain reaction of sequences and events are triggered off consequently changing all of their lives in the process.

First things first. Yuva, will definitely not appeal to those, that are used to the usual escapism churned out week after week.

What's more, the episodic sequences that follows showing how each of the characters lives are delved into, will not go down well with people that are used to an in your face narrative.

In addition, not everyone will be able to relate to the political background setting in Calcutta.

Another flaw with the movie is its climax - it leaves a feeling of unsatisfaction because it isn't clear what happens to each of the characters.

There are a few sequences which drag on and leave the viewer restless and this is ultimately the movie's undoing.

On a more positive note, the camerawork and cinematography are fantastic. The scenes which stand out is the accident on the bridge and how each character is introduced.

The technique has definitely not been witnessed before - at least in Bollywood.

A.R. Rahman's music is good but nowhere near as good as Dil Se, Roja or Bombay. Of them Anjaana and Fanaa are catchy and are elevated even further due to their awesome cinematography.

But Yuva's main strength lies in its performances with a few standing well above the others.

Ajay Devgan is completely miscast as a student especially since he is now approaching forty. His performance is good but quite clearly his heart isn't in it - he is capable of much more.

Vivek Oberoi too is good but his character is more of an extension of Saathiya.

The performance that takes the cake though is Abhishek Bachchan's as Lallan. He finally comes out of his father's shadow and delivers a knock out performance that's bound to earn him a few nominations at least.

Of the actresses Rani has the best part and she makes the most of it. She gives Sashi the right amount of vulnerability and innocence and her scenes with Abhishek are amongst the best in the movie.

Kareena is enchanting. She looks simple and underplays well (for a change) making the most of a half-baked role.

Esha looks good but doesn't get much scope to perform and get lost in the crowd.

Yuva had the makings of a classic had it not been for some glaring loopholes in the screenplay and the need to bow down to the requirements of commercial mainstream cinema.

On the whole, it is unlikely to be the blockbuster that it was touted to be because of its unusual theme.

And considering the star cast, and a maker of Ratnam's repute, the film is likely to disappoint many.

But for people looking for something refreshingly different, this film is a must watch if not for anything else.

There is also Abhishek's fantastic performance and some well executed sequences to contend with. Give it a chance... see this film. It won't dissappoint!

Jay Mamtora
Guest Reviewer

 
Top | Bollywood Index | Home
  LOCAL CINEMA
Local Cinema information
Red bullet point Find out all the information you need about your local cinema. (For Shropshire).
  VIDEO NATION
Video Nation
Local views and experiences on camera and online.
Red bullet point Find out how to take part
Red bullet point Shropshire archive of films
Red bullet point Video Nation homepage
  FILM VAULT
BBC Shropshire Bollywood film vault
Red bullet point Packed full of Bollywood films
  BOLLYWOOD GUIDE
BBC Shropshire Bollywood film  guide
Red bullet point What to watch
  BOLLYWOOD
BBC Shropshire Bollywood news, reviews and galleries
Red bullet point Bollywood film galleries
  MESSAGEBOARD
Shropshire Message Board
Red bullet point The place for local discussion
  CONTACT US
Contact us
Red bullet point BBC Shropshire
2-4 Boscobel Drive
Shrewsbury
Shropshire SY1 3TT
(+44) 01743 248484

shropshire@bbc.co.uk



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy