Yuvraaj Movie Review

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.

Yuvraaj Review

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: ★★½☆☆ 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.

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89 Comments

  • it is a very good movie,its review should be atleast 4/5. Salman bhai rocks , Superb acting performance from anilkapoor, worth watching.

  • Horrible! Its packed with bad sappy scenes, bad actors( katrina, salman… Seriously think about them) bad story! To sum up, a terrible film! Have to give ANIL credit though,not bad.

  • Yuvvraaj is among the top ten SA movies at the moment including bollywood and hollywood movies. What does that tell you. Check on New24, its there.

  • this is a senseless movie….
    its disgusting to find such star cast (salman and anil kapoor) performing for such absurd script… although salmaan does not mind a bad script at all!! acting is not his cup of tea …
    SUBHASH GAI should change his proffession now.. how abt a barber!! but kindly away from my city!!!!
    these peopl only want to make money.. plz tell them v vil pay double the amount but kindly stop this TORTURE!!!
    STARLESS …. SORRY BUT THEY DESERVE IT…

  • I know it’s late, but I just saw the movie yesterday.

    What I’ve noticed in most of these reviews, is that people are biased based on who their favorite actor is. I think this film fails completely to convey the emaotions and the intent of the story because of bad directing and screenplay. What happened to Subhash ghai – Karz (my fav movie), Hero, Meri Jung, Karma, Ram Lakhan, Pardes, Taal et all. I also think Kisna was not that bad, but this movie was such a disappointment.

    It’s not Anil Kapoor (1942 A love story, Saaheb, Pukar, Virasat and the list goes on) or Salman Khan (Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) did a bad job, they got the wrong direction. Although I agree Slaman should do more meaningful roles, like in Heroes etc., he annoys me when he starts acting like a girl (chichodapan), his brother Sohail Khan is following the same footsteps, and they call that acting, lol.

    I have sisters and brothers, but simply said this movie was. A movie should touch your heart, take you attention away, but I was the movie was so boring. I think Subhash Ghai needs go through some movie therapy and find his old self back.

    Recent movies on top of my head I thoroughly enjoyed:
    Dasvidaniya
    Heroes
    Dostana – not that great but entertaining
    Aamir
    Welcome to Sajanpur
    U Me Aur Hum

    Just tell me the child actor from Tare Zameen Par is a great actor. He did a great job, but it was the direction and screenplay which made it happen. No good actor can save a terrible movie.

    When the audience will get more critical, we will not have bear such crap anymore, cause nowadays everyone thinks they can make a movie, act, sing and all. I missed old times when I see such movies, there was more emphasis on quality and not quantity. I’m 30 btw, not that old.

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