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Friday, June 18, 2004


Lot of talk is going on whether Yuva is a hit or not. Even the director Mani Ratnam had a press conference along with the lead actors, to dispel the myth that Yuva was a flop.

I saw Yuva the other day and personally speaking, this is not the best of Mani Ratnam. Mani's greatest ability is to etch out a character very strongly so that a viewer can understand what is the motive behind the action of the character. This is one area where Yuva fails miserably. Mani's art of story-telling fails here. For instance, why is Lallan Singh so hot-headed, why does he betray his wife when she needs him most, why does Arjun change his mind to not go to America etc. Many questions remain unanswered.

Also, the music is not great. Probably, we are used to the fact that the team of Mani Ratnam and A.R. Rehaman will always be successful - be it Roja or Bombay or Dil Se : the music of all these films was absolutely 1st class.

In spite of the short comings of the movie, it still has quite a few positives. The cinematography is excellent - no other film has captured Kolkata so well. The events in the plot are also well-connected, which shows that the director never lost track
of the momentum of the film. The acting is good and I think, this is Abhishek's best performance. If lady luck shines on him, then this film could be for him what Zanjeer was for his Dad !

In sum, this is a decent film to watch. Personally speaking, this movie is not a hit. It looks like the Box Office too seems to agree to my views here :).

More later,