Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Stars: 2 / 5
Youngistaan is a 2014 Hindi political-drama film starring Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma and Farooq Sheikh in the lead cast. The plot is a love story with a political background.
Abhimanyu Kaul (portrayed by Jackky Bhagnani) is living in Japan with an ordinary life, his girlfriend Anwita Chauhan (portrayed by Neha Sharma) and best friend Zafar (portrayed by Kayoze Irani). When his father Dashrat Kaul (portrayed by Boman Irani) - the Prime Minister of India - passes away suddenly he is called back to India and reluctantly accepts to represent the governing party in the interim - much against his own wishes. His personal life that never was public overnight becomes publicized. He finds in his own party a lot of resistance. His only guidance is from Akbar Uncle (portrayed by Farooq Sheikh) who not only advises him but also supports him in every way. As the plot proceeds, we see how Abhimanyu chips away each of his party members who are against him one by one with the valuable advice of Akbar Uncle. And slowly gains popularity with the younger and older voters. However, how does his personal life get impacted? How the issues he is facing in personal life when publicized affect him and how he handles them? Will he eventually become the Prime Minister at the end beating all the odds? That's what the rest of the plot continues as.
Music is moderate enough, thanks to the myriad of music directors who have composed. Each song was composed and penned by different music directors and lyricists. Jeet Ganguly composed for Suno Na Sangemarmar and Suno Na Sangemarmar (Remix), Sneha Khanwalkar composed for Tanki (Mika Version) and Tanki (Bhaven Version), Shiraz Uppal composed for Daata Di Divaani and Mere Khuda; Shree Isshq composed for Youngistaan Anthem and Youngistaan Anthem Remix while the background score were composed by Salim-Sulaiman. Lyrics were penned by Sanamjeet, Syed Ahmad Afzal, Hard Kaur, Sneha Khanwalkar, Jackky Bhagnani, Kausar Munir and Sonny Ravan.
Thanks to Arijit Singh and Salim-Sulaiman we have one beautiful song that is definitely memorable and pleasant background score. Suno Na Sangemarmar is the song that remains memorable with beautiful lyrics. (I had posted about this in the Magic In Tunes theme that I had done in 2015. Check it here)
The plot is interesting enough however the editing and direction did not make it impacting and powerful. Although Jackky Bhagnani has performed his best, the supporting roles by his lead heroine - Neha Sharma - and the party leaders against him did not give it full. I remember Neha Sharma as lead actress in the 2007 Telugu film Chirutha - the blockbuster movie that launched Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan Teja - and had never liked her in that as well. She has a loud voice that comes close to shrieking than screaming. Her role as Anwita Chauhan is very obnoxious, adamant, stubborn and not understanding what big role Abhimanyu was playing. Not liking her already, this role grated me much more. Please, her role could have been toned down a lot to make it better.
Although I appreciated that Abhimanyu stays on the side of his girlfriend Anwita when she becomes pregnant against all oppositions, jokes and curses. However, no matter how forward India is there are some ethics that are still not accepted. Getting your girlfriend pregnant and not marrying here is something the community wouldn’t accept. Yet they showed that people are accepting this which does not jive well with the actual common crowd who is watching the movie.
There is a 2010 Telugu film Leader that launched the career of Rana Daggubati has a similar theme - a young person getting into politics and becoming the leader that everyone wants. However that movie had much more grip to it and left a powerful note to the viewers. Unfortunately Youngistaan did not leave that mark. Infact other than that one song, it ended up making you feel laugh and cringe mostly rather than inspiring.
All in all not even a good movie to watch sitting on the couch. Just enjoy that one song on your playlist instead.