The showman is back after two back to back disasters (Yaadein, Kisna) and the average Black and White. Disputes between brother’s and families is something we have seen in many Bollywood movies from the 90s, but Subhash Ghai in an interview said “although Yuvraaj has a common theme, the difference lies in the treatment, the way characters react to certain situations. The movie is about how the new generation react to family situations.” Lets find out if the ‘different treatment’ is indeed worth a watch.
Yuvraaj is about 3 brothers – Deven Yuvraaj (Salman Khan), Gyanesh Yuvraaj (Anil Kapoor) and Dyanesh Yuvraaj a.k.a Danny (Zayed Khan). The three brothers do not get along well. After the death of their father, Danny hatches a plot of conquering the wealth all to himself. Deven on the other hand, greedy for a major chunk of the fortune, manipulates his brothers, so that he can marry Anushka (Katrina Kaif).
But Deven and Danny soon find out, to their utter dismay, that all the wealth would go to their brother Gyanesh, who as a kid was treated so badly that he now prefers to be in the company of children only! Yuvraaj is about how the greed for materialistic things can destroy, its also about morals and love for family.
Ghai proves with Yuvraaj that he has not completely lost his golden showman touch! Few scenes have the director’s stamp all over them. But unfortunately Ghai fails in holding the attention of the viewer throughout. Part blame for which should go to the loose script. Infact the movie would have been a lot better, had the director concentrated more on the screenplay rather than making each scene look picture-perfect. A few unnecessary scenes which depict nature’s beauty add to the runtime.
The first half of Yuvraj has a 90s feel to it, which might not appeal to the current generation. The second half, filled with drama and emotions, works and the credit for which should go to Anil Kapoor’s, who completely dominates the second half with an amazing performance which at times reminds you of Hrithik Roshan’s award winning act in Koi Mil Gaya.
Salman does well in the scenes with Anil Kapoor, a much-better-than-expected performance. His look though lacks consistency. Zayed Khan manages to act at times. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful, no scope to display her acting talent, which is good because if there is anything at all that Katrina lacks, its gotta be talent in the acting department. About the Katrina – Salman chemistry, its barely a teaser, where a topless Salman is handcuffed (with a scarf) by Katrina. Boman Irani does well. The music by AR Rehman is good, but not up to the standards we have come to expect from Subhash Ghai films.
Overall, Yuvraaj is worth a watch in theatre if a story on disputes within the family excites you, a subject that was common in the 90s but quite rare now. Yuvraj is also worth a watch for Anil Kapoor’s brilliance and a return to form of Subhash Ghai, who doesn’t really manage to score a brilliant century but manages to produce a fighting fifty!
So I go with 2 and a half on five for Subhash Ghai’s Yuvraaj. At the box-office, the initial should be good. A lot would depend on word of mouth, which would help the movie sustain Monday onwards.
Rating: Average to Above Average
Other Notes – After Yuvraj the next big release is Shahrukh Khan and Aditya Chopra’s Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi which releases on 12th December. I am sure most would be looking forward to that, atleast we are. We have received a lot of mails asking for a Dasvidaniya Review (starring Vinay Pathak) we promise to put that up soon. Thanks for reading the Yuvraj Review. Leave your comments / reviews on Yuvraaj below.