Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producer: Gary G, Shoojit Sircar, Robby Grewal
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Minissha, Yashpal Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Dolly Ahluwalia, Gyan Prakash
Music: Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography: Jacob Ihre
'Yahaan' is the story of an Indian Army captain who falls in love with a Kashmiri. Captain Aman (Shergill) is an officer of the Rashtriya Rifles posted in Kashmir, who has been assigned to tackle terrorism and bring the misguided youth to the national mainstream. During one of his patrols in the backwaters of one of Kashmir?s lakes, he comes across Adaa (Minissha), a beautiful local girl. Emotions are stirred on both sides at the very first sight, but not even a word is spoken. Destiny brings them together again and in no time love springs and blossoms. The innocent girl is beautiful and strong willed. She keeps reasoning why many young people have taken up arms. She appreciates the spirit and courage of Aman for fighting terrorists.
However when the people in the valley come to know of her love for the army Captain, they do not approve of it. The couple go against family and local customs and community and defy all rules. In the film they also take on the might of the army, militants and bureaucracy.
To start with, director Shoojit Sircar is letdown by an uninspiring script. the film unnecessarily drags on and is dull and boring. The story moves at uneven paces and the music and songs sometimes irritate you. Also one fails to understand why Sircar chose to narrate the story with a hand-held camera [cinematography: Jakob Ihre]. The frames are shaky all the time, which can get quite distracting for the viewer. It also leaves you with a feeling that you're watching a documentary.
'Yahaan' is the first sole film for actor Jimmy Shergill. Jimmy Shergill is the revelation of this movie. The film rests on his shoulder and he depicts his role with utmost efficiency. Newcomer Minissha is awkward at places, but quite confident at times. Overall, a decent debut. Yashpal Sharma and Mukesh Tiwari ably support them. Rest of the cast lend able support.Music is average.
On the whole, Yahaan will not pull too much crowd to the theatre due to the dull and boring subject.