Producer: Madras Talkies
Director: Mani Ratnam
Music: A.R Rahman
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherjee, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol.
Mani Ratnam is back with a power-packed film. He is credited with some of the most revolutionary films like Roja, Bombay. Yuva is also an entirely different film which is reportedly inspired by a real life incident that happened in the Osmania University. University. It is about three couples and their life which gets changed one fateful day. The three youngsters are Michael [Ajay Devgan], Arjun [Vivek Oberoi] and Lallan [Abhishek Bachchan]. Michael is a student-politician, who dreams of cleansing the corrupt political system some day. Arjun is a student as well, who nurses a desire of settling down in the U.S. Lallan is a ruffian, who works for another hooligan [Sonu Sood], who in turn is a henchman of the corrupt politician [Om Puri]. Esha Deol plays the love interest of Ajay Devgan. She is a French language teacher by profession and like a typical Indian woman, wants to settle down getting married. Unfortunately, Michael does not believe in marriages. Vivek Oberoi`s female lead Kareena Kapoor plays the role of Mira also wants to get married and settle down in Kanpur. Rani Mukherjee is Abhishek`s love interest and she enacts the role of Sashi. The story takes a new turn with an accident on the Second Hoogly Bridge in Kolkata. All the three central characters are involved in this incident and this result in a complete turnaround in their lives. The film studies the lives, the families and the complex relationships of these three individuals, who are very different, yet are so similar in one way or the other. The film is no doubt different but unfortunately it is not interesting. Mani Ratnam is an accomplished storyteller, but he seems to have got confused this time around. His theme being politics might not interest the audience since it is being shown in most of the films lately. This movie has it all but bad story and screenplay is a spoiler. The film proceeds in such an awfully boring and lethargic pace that you start getting restless in about 30-35 minutes itself. And barring Abhishek and Rani`s track, which at least has some interesting moments, the other two stories are dull and drab. Even the finale leaves the viewer with the feeling of complete discontent and disapproval. A.R. Rahman`s music is a mixed bag and not up to the mark. Cinematography [Ravi Chandran] is first-rate. Performance-wise Abhishek Bachchan gives a wonderful performance. You can say that Yuva belongs to him. Vivek Oberoi comes up with a natural performance. Ajay Devgan is okay. In the female leads, Rani Mukherjee steals the scene. She plays her part with an assured touch. Kareena is good and looks great throughout. Esha gets the least developed character but she still manages to make an impact. Om Puri enacts the corrupt politician part with conviction. Sonu Sood is okay. Rest of the cast lend good support. On the whole, YUVA disappoints big time.