Friday, November 21, 2008



Showman Subhash Ghai is back with his magnum opus YUVVRAAJ, too based on his evergreen “good vs evil and family bonding” formula of 80’s & 90’s. As far as I remember, TAAL was his last his hit movie, after which he lost his touch. Remember, Ghai has given a string of superhits like – KARZ, RAM LAKHAN, SAUDAGAR, VIDHAATA, KARMA, KHALNAYAK, PARDES and before that MERI JUNG, VISHWANATH, KALICHARAN. It seems the Showman may hit the Box Office bull’s eye this time, even though the script is a bit loose, but still he manages to pull off this musical, well supported by scintillating music by A.R. REHMAN, beautiful Poetry/ Lyrics by GULZAAR SAHAB and to top it up, the highlight of this GRAND FILM IS BREATHTAKING CINEMATOGRAPHY by KABIR LAL, who has capture the exotic sceneries of VIENNA, LONDON & PRAGUE, where the movie is shot.

Yuvvraaj is about 3 brothers played by Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan & Zayed Khan. Salman plays a spoiled brat, who is kicked out of his grand palace by his father, because of his rivalry with elder brother, who is mentally disturbed, characterized by veteran Anil Kapoor. 3rd brother Zayed is also equally flamboyant and flashy who doesn’t impress much in the film, except seen flying planes and playing Casino. Salman who plays a choir boy meets Katrina and falls in love with her, but their relationship is not approved by her billionaire father Boman Irani, due to Salman’s broke status.

When he comes to know about his father’s death, he returns home to take claims on family fortunes worth 15000 crores. Rest the film is about how the brothers unite and fight the evil relatives, who are after their property

Now coming on to acts, the surprise packets of the film are the acts by Salman Khan & Katrina Kaif, who hold the film together with their sparkling chemistry, Rehaman’s music (though not as good as TAAL) and Kabir Lal’s photography. Anil, as usual carries on his role with ease. Zayed has nothing much to do. Especially great work by YUVRANI Katrina, who stands firm and sparkles in this male dominated bhai -bhai story. Mithun Da impresses again in his small role.

I give Yuvvraaj 3 out of 5. And recommends to watch the film at least once for showman’s Ghai’s touch, though it’s not one of his best works, but still notch ahead of his flops like YAADEIN, KISNA and BLACK & WHITE.

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