Yuvvraaj Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:36:51.3400000 IST


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The original showman, Subhash Ghai, Beethovan of the East, A.R.Rahman and ageless lyrical genius, Gulzar, all are great names that command respect and are absolutely fantastic in their respective fields. So, naturally the teaming up of all the three for the first time is bound to create a heightened curiosity and manifold expectations from the audio album of YUVVRAAJ. And that more so after a scintillating show of creative masterpieces in TAAL, which had only Ghai and Rahman. Since the film is a musical and some of the lead protagonists play musicians, so naturally the scope for audio brilliance gets wider and thus it also increases our craving for the classiest album of a rather tame year.

The magnificence of the album is immediately brought to the attention of the listener with the first track, "Main Hoon Yuvvraaj With the Fifth Of Beethovan". The track is a befitting introduction to the main protagonist of the film, Deven Yuvraj, played by Salman Khan. And so naturally we have Salman mouthing dialogues in his characteristic charming, confident and unassuming manner, cashing on his bad boy image. Salman's dialogues are well supported by the "Fifth of Beethovan". Ludwig van Beethovan needs no introduction to the followers of Western classical music and this (performed to perfection by The Chennai String Orchestra) is the fifth symphony. It is one of the most popular and well-known compositions in all of European classical music, and one of the most often-played symphonies. Why the genius music wizard A. R. Rahman has chosen this particular piece (in all probability) is because Beethovan himself had dedicated this symphony to two of his patrons, one of whom was Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz. And Salman plays the title role of 'Yuvraj', a prince.

With such a brilliant and fulfilling start we move forward with huge expectations and come across another brilliantly crafted "Tu Meri Dost Hain". The lilting signature tune sung by the composer, music maestro, A.R.Rahman that heralds the commencement of the track is absolutely divine (and so very infectious that one simply cannot help but repeat it!) and the portion that follows, heavenly. Rahman's melody is breathtakingly simple and comes as whiff of fresh air in this era of mediocrity and plagiarism. The musical arrangements are mind-blowing- simple guitar strums, bead sounds and of course the cello, (a stringed instrument, part of the violin family) played (in YUVVRAAJ) by Katrina who is supposed to be a musician, adept at playing the cello. Shreya Ghoshal and Benny Dayal are simply extraordinary. Benny Dayal is a new find; he was fantastic in JAANE TU? YA JAANE NA and he shows that "Pappu "was not a flash in the pan through some superlative rendition in the present track. He will definitely earn a foothold in the music industry, in the field of playback singing. He has a distinct voice that is very macho as well as sweet and his voice structure matches that of Salman Khan perfectly. Gulzar's lyrics are simple yet classy and very much identifiable, giving an insight into the relationship shared by the two main protagonists of the film, Salman and Katrina. In other words, simply fantabulous!

After "Pappu Can't Dance" Rahman targets the Gen X yet again with "Shano Shano" a very contemporary and in sync with today's time dance floor composition. The tune is not very refreshing (unlike the first number) but nevertheless manages to catch attention. It has the requisite thump, required disco beats, the usual rap and combined with (at times) quite unique as well as funny style of singing by a host of artists like Sonu Nigam, Srinivas, Karthik, Timmy, Sunaina, Vivienne Pocha and Tina makes it a happening song and dance number. What must be kept in mind is that the picturisations will be superb (with Ghai at the helm of affairs) and so it will definitely serve as a tension reliever.

The "Shano Shano" remix by Krishna Chetan is a superbly handled composition. In fact, it can be classified as new track because of the numerous innovations and inputs by the arrangers. The rap is better than the original and we have Ember doing full justice to the track. The remix even has Salman saying in a deep husky voice, 'Main main main Yuvvraaj', and 'Ladies come closer, I am the Casanova', a throwback to Ghai's very own KHALNAYAK song.

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Alka Yagnik sounding a bit like the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar, holds fort in this soothing love ballad , "Tu Muskura" and Javed Ali who impressed all with "Jashne Bahara" supports her with his high octave singing. But Alka sounds a bit out of sorts (at times jaded) and one misses Shreya Ghoshal who would have done wonders to track. The melody is on the slower side but the result still superb. The Western musical arrangements do make up for this slow pace and the use of cello (V.R.Sekhar and Eldith Martin), guitar and the culmination with Hindustani classical alaaps in the end; make the number a pure delight. Gulzar's lyrics are the outstanding feature of the track. The pristine feeling of unselfish love is expressed superbly through some very beautifully penned wordings.




Salman and Katrina hog the screen space for the first 40 minutes. Both sizzle with their onscreen chemistry. Katrina suits the role, that of an Indian living in Austria, to a 'T'. This girl has set up her own place in the industry and that too in quick time. Salman gets to take a dig at her inability to speak Hindi. He also takes a dig at himself telling her that he is getting old and needs to settle down.

Anil Kapoor, Subhash Ghai's lucky mascot, takes centre stage as soon as he makes an appearance. What a fine performer he is. Takes you back to 25 years ago to ESHWAR. Mithun Chakraborty in his cameo is effective and so is Zayed. Mama and his clan look like an extension of a saas bahu serial.

On the whole, a worthwhile experience.

Rating - 3/5


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Subhash Ghai's YUVVRAAJ is a little bit of HERO and a little bit of RAM LAKHAN. There's a love story; there's also the tale of three brothers and the evil mama and his family who have their eyes on the family inheritance. In short, there's nothing new, script wise, but the way it has been backed with music and choreography is what lifts this mundane script to another level. The execution is 'perfect'. You could call this a symphony of love! A R Rahman's music gives the movie a delicate feel.

The sets have a grand feel, cinematography is awesome; Kabir Lal captures the city of Prague in all its beauty and colours. Choreography by Shiamak Davar is top of the draw, and Salman Khan gives off a noteworthy performance. There are two scenes, which stand out; one where Katrina tells him he is her past and he explodes and another when he goes begging to Boman Irani, who plays a doctor, asking him to save his brother's life. Salim Khan is right when he says that his son ''is very talented and yet to make full use of it.'' After all, a father knows his son best. But I guess, Salman will have to give heed to his dad's views and ''take his work more seriously''.

YUVVRAAJ is a love story between Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Salman is madly in love with Katrina but her father, Boman, wants nothing to do with him. Salman has walked away from his home not being able to get along with his millionaire dad. When he learns of his Dad's death, he rushes off to London in the hope of getting his share of the millions to impress Boman and get him to agree to marry his daughter to him. But there's a twist in the will. There are also his brothers, Anil Kapoor and Zayed Khan. Anil who is suffering from Autism is from his dad's first marriage and Zayed is the philanderer. Anil is who gets the biggest booty from his fathers will. The quest now is to befriend Anil to get the share. Salman and Zayed are partners who want to sway Anil the wrong way. But somewhere along the way brotherly love surfaces.


 


Salman and Katrina hog the screen space for the first 40 minutes. Both sizzle with their onscreen chemistry. Katrina suits the role, that of an Indian living in Austria, to a 'T'. This girl has set up her own place in the industry and that too in quick time. Salman gets to take a dig at her inability to speak Hindi. He also takes a dig at himself telling her that he is getting old and needs to settle down.

Anil Kapoor, Subhash Ghai's lucky mascot, takes centre stage as soon as he makes an appearance. What a fine performer he is. Takes you back to 25 years ago to ESHWAR. Mithun Chakraborty in his cameo is effective and so is Zayed. Mama and his clan look like an extension of a saas bahu serial.

On the whole, a worthwhile experience.

Rating - 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Zayed Khan and Katrina Kaif
  • Lyrics: Gulzar
  • Director: Subhash Ghai
  • Music Director: A.R.Rahman, A.R. Rahman
  • Release Date : 21 Nov 2008

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