Movie Review | Yaara: Kya Kasoor Hai Hamara?!

What excited the erstwhile talented Tigmanshu Dhulia to make a pop culture action drama wrapped in the 70’s retro is a million/zillion dollar question.

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Yaara movie review is here. The ZEE5 original is streaming on ZEE5 from today – July 30, 2020. Starring Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Amit Sadh, Vijay Varma and Kenny Basumatary, the movie is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
Thank God. Irrfan Khan is not a part of this apologetic remake of the 2011 French movie LES LYONNAIS (A GANG STORY).

Watch Yaara Official Trailer | A ZEE5 Original Film

The story of Yaara
Fagun (Vidyut Jamwal) and Mithwa (Amit Sadh) are childhood friends. A personal tragedy transports them to borders of India-Nepal courtesy Chaman (Sanjay Mishra) and they become the youngest members of a gang. Fagun and Mithwa form a team with two other boys from the gang Rizwan (Vijay Varma) and Bahadur (Kenny Basumatari). They call their motley group of four lads as ‘Chaukdi Gang’. They bond like brothers and grow up together by stealing and smuggling. An encounter with student and activist Sukanya (Shruti Hassan) in college where the Chaukdi Gang goes to sell weapons turns their life upside down. One of the members (won’t mention the name even if the movie is pathetic, you are not supposed to turn into a spoiler, art is always subjective… you see) gets separated and after twenty-two years, destiny plays a game where the separated gang member comes back and so does the past and its memories.

Yaara Poster Zee5
Yaara Poster Zee5
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Yaara movie review
The original movie LES LYONNAIS (A GANG STORY) by Olivier Marchal was based on French gangster Edmond “Mamon” Vidal’s criminal career which as a piece of cinematic art was just another addition to the routine Hollywood crime gangster drama. What excited the erstwhile talented Tigmanshu Dhulia to make a pop culture action drama wrapped in the 70’s retro is a million/zillion dollar question. Maybe the potential to make a desi spaghetti western of guns, guts and goons of the 70’s era. The Bachchan influence in Rizwan the character played by Vijay Varma tries to prove a point and the art direction (posters of Amar Akbar Anthony and other movies during the seventies, the costumes, hair style) give a sense of nostalgia but there is no momentum, thrill excitement in the narrative. An overwhelmingly dull and insipid experience, Yaara is boredom to the hilt and is nothing more than a montage of four man walking, grooving, jumping in glee in slow motion for no rhyme or reason forcing the audience to flee.

Now see the irony, where will a person flee in this Corona Covid-19 lock-down.

The narrative goes back and forth and is constantly is in search along with the audience to find the reason to root for any of these four friends. All the four members of this ‘Chaukdi Gang’ lack nuance and in no way citizens to look upon. Forget about morality, Tigmanshu Dhulia in his duty as a writer, director fails to even give an average gangster/crime saga by normal standards forget about the benchmark set by him.

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Thankfully, Yaara is not a complete dud, Shruti Haasan gets some meat in her character. During the last 15 – 20 minutes we get something to watch and feel engaged.

The actors are competent and sincere in their portrayal. Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Amit Sadh, Vijay Varma and Kenny Basumatary all try their best to reduce the boredom and disinterest generated by this hotchpotch plot.

Technically much better. Clinton Cerejo’s soundtrack goes smoothly. Rishi Punjabi’s camerawork catches your eye.

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Final words
Movies like Yaara echoes my two prime concerns. One – such movies should have a statutory warning like those we have on cigarettes and liquor. Second – which came into my mind during this lock-down which goes like this – no matter how strong your reaction may be but it’s better to be safe, stay at home. The movie has ended, you have survived now don’t risk your life by moving outside. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Yaara – Kya Kasoor Hai Hamara.

pic/poster courtesy: ZEE5

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