Cast: Himansh Kohli, Serah Singh, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria, Dev Sharma, Shreyas Pardi, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover
Writer and Director: Divya Khosla Kumar
Screenplay: Divya Khosla Kumar, Sanjeev Dutta
Music: Pritam, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Dr. Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Lyricists: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Editor: Aarif Sheikh
Cinematography: Sameer Arya
Dialogues: Sanjeev Dutta
Divya Khosla Kumar marks her debut with ‘Yaariyan’ and whenever she is asked about the film, she confidently gives this answer:
“When I decided to direct a film, I thought a film on the youth would be a great idea. I could pack in every Bollywood ingredient into this story, be it action, romance, masti and more. However, Yaariyan is not mere candy floss; it has a soul and a message. We have tried making the film in a real way. It is a feel good entertainer.”
(Courtesy: Gulf News)
So after the trailer came out, it caught our attention. Didn’t it? Specially after such an amazing and soothing album, it really got all of us interested in watching Yaariyan. We haven’t had good youth based films in the past, for instance: Gippi. Yaariyan could have been a cult film if it made any sense. It disappoints throughout.
If this was the real way, I wonder what would have happened if they made it in an unreal way?
The college is in Sikkim and we hardly see any locals? Okay, let’s start from the beginning as it’s made in a real way.
College going boys are not so horny all the time, specially for a kiss. Nowadays, 50-60% of the teenagers have their first kiss before entering college. (And those who don’t, they don’t behave like sex maniacs)
Lakshya (Himansh Kohli) disregards his mother and detests his father, as he had given up on himself for the country.
(Old-school) We see him running on the roof top, yes! We’ve seen that in Main Hoon Na.
The difference? That was Shahrukh and no one can ever look like him. Then, Lakshya struggles to get his first kiss and he’s caught by his principal (Gulshan Grover), predictable stuff. Then he screws up the college play and hence, their principal decides to pick him as the captain of the college team which will compete with an Australian college in order to save their plot in Sikkim. (Hahaha! The plot will make you wonder why you came inside the theatre)
And finally, the lead heroine enters- Saloni (Rakul Preet Singh). Another typical filmy entry, as she falls on him and blah blah. She is the geek and with time, she turns into the college hottie. (Who can tell miss Khosla that Bollywood has evolved over the years and all this, it’s just become really old school?)
The girls have a pyjama party in their hostel and the boys are invited for it. (Another haha moment) It’s a reputed college and that’s the security level over there? Boys can enter the girls hostel at any particular time and stay over night? Laugh out loud.
I can’t write much about the plot because I’m still confused about it.
Himansh Kohli looks like a wannabe and acts like a wannabe, he is good in the emotional scenes. That’s it!
Nicole Faria (Jia), she has nothing to do as the director has just kept her for the booby-ness. YES! She has just flaunted and flaunted, nothing else.
Dev Sharma (Neil) and Shreyas Pardi (Pardi), both of them are really decent as they don’t have much scope.
Serah Malik (Jenny) looks HOT but again, the director has just focused on her legs and her lips as she’s always sucking a lollipop. (Divya ma’am, that’s not the only way to make someone look hot)
Rakul Preet Singh, she is the highlight of the film as she is the only one who can actually “act,” amongst the youngsters I mean. Even though, she doesn’t have A LOT to do, she strikes gold. She’s fresh, she has the intensity and she’s definitely here to stay.
Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover and Smita Jaykar, all the superlative actors are wasted over here.
Jatin Suri (Debu), he has a cameo but he is amazing. He is powerful and I’m sure he has bright future.
The best scene is the entire film: When Debu’s dying and he is talking about his mother. It’ll get some tears for sure. (The only ‘real’ moment in the film)
Though the entire film is full of spoilers, I’d still like to point out a few:-
Our Indian students and Deepti Naval, they keep conversing in Hindi. (With the Australians, of course) Plus the Australian reciprocates to the dialogue with facial expressions. How did he even understand that? (Hahaha)
Lakshya wins the competition in the end, as he turns into some weird superhero and from nowhere, he comes and throws the flag inside the flag holder. (Too much logic? Ehh?)
The Swayamwar! Why would a girl keep a swayamwar, just to make her boyfriend jealous? STUPIDITY!
The kiss! It grosses you out. The spit exchange is clearly visible and it’s GROSS. (Incase, Khosla ma’am thought it’s sensuous, no…it’s not.)
Australians steal our song and in 5 minutes, the band is ready with a full fledged song on Maa and it goes on and on. So much so that after 2 minutes, it is night. WOW!
The best thing about Yaariyan is it’s music, so save money and listen to the songs. Go watch Dedh Ishqiya instead. That’s a masterpiece!