Right towards the end, the film shows some spark of brilliance. But that is after you are treated to over two hours of juvenile content, despite having stalwarts like Om Puri, Parikshit Sahani, Rajit Kapur and Sanjay Mishra. Not forgetting Jimmy Sheirgill doing on screen what he does best, playing a cop.
But that spark of brilliance is just five minutes worth of drama. What the director acutally intended to showcase in UVAA was the belief of the youth who act first and think later, not bothering about the consequences. In this case they do a good deed and have to pay for it.
They rush a girl who has been raped and thrown off a vehicle, to a hospital. Whilst one hospital turns them down, they run to another. After the case comes up in court, the smart lawyer twists the facts and these poor guys find themselves behind bars.
But the treatment meted out to the rapists by SP Tejaveer Singh (Sheirgill) is what is quite shocking and satisfying at the same time.
In court, after deposing, SP Singh resigns from his job before explaining what he had to do to get justice for the girl who was brutally raped and left for dead, and for the three innocent boys who helped a total stranger. ''Mein pehli baar bik gaya hoon insaaf khareedne ke liye,''
he tells the judge, who too, gets swayed by the moment and does his bit to root out corruption in delivering justice.
Laughable yes, but when dwelt upon deeply, this does look like a viable option to stem the rot and give the rapists their due.
Since people will not throng the theatres to watch the movie, let me tell you what exactly Sheirgill does. He takes Rs 5 crore as bribe from the father of the kids who are involved in the dastardly act, sends them to Bangkok to escape from the law and then gets them back in court after he has had them undergo a sex change operation.
''I would have gladly shot them,'' he says. ''But then, they would not have known the misery they caused to the girl.''
Nice thought. For a change though, our system can fast track rape cases.
If only director Jasbir Bhatti had dwelt on the subject rather than concentrating on silly school scenes and even sillier teachers, we would have had a hard-hitting film on our hands.
The two stars are just for that spark of brilliance towards the end.