‘Yuvah’ - great action, but lacks soul (Kannada Film Review)

June 6th, 2009 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS  

By R.G. Vijaayasarathy
Film: “Yuvah”; Director: Narendra Babu; Cast: Karrthick, Madhu Sharma, Gulshan Grover, Manoj K. Jayan, Shobharaj, Ramesh Bhat and Chandrashekhar; Music: Guru Kiran; Rating: **1/2

“Yuvah” is young Narendra Babu’s third directorial venture after the reasonably well-made romantic films “Oh Gulaabiye” and “Pallakki”. But this time the director has taken a different route in making a full-on action flick using the finest technical talents from Bollywood and the south film industry. “Yuvah” has much gloss and glitter, but the story lacks soul.

“Yuvah” has some exceptional action and chasing sequences by Bollywood fight masters Yagna Shetty and top southern fight choreographer ‘Thriller’ Manju. And some of the dance sequences choreographed by Saroj Khan and Akbar Khan are brilliant and eye-catching.

The great song compositions by Guru Kiran and good camera work make the film attractive.

The director has chosen perfect outdoor locations to film the action sequences. Despite its fast-paced movement, “Yuvah” goes down by a few notches because of the weak screenplay. Surprising because director Babu had proved to be different from other filmmakers in his previous films.

The story of “Yuvah” have been retold many times over and it looks as though the screenplay is a montage of several sequences seen earlier.

The title of the film may well relate to the youthful ambience shown in the first few reels, but the film drifts to the usual underworld story midway. And unfortunately the lack of any fresh elements make the proceedings a little dull in the second half. The film comes back to life only in the climax where a chase and fight sequence are well shot.

The film revolves around Jeeva, a Black Belt in karate, who has to take up the responsibility of his family because he has an irresponsible father. His helpful nature and good behaviour attracts him to his classmate Sree. During one of his outings with Sree, Jeeva accidentally hits a big don Jayaraj, who gets killed. But Jayaraj’s gang members suspect another rival gang member and kill him.

Sree takes Jeeva to her father Annaji, who is also a big don. Anna, who is tracking Jeeva’s movements, then gives him a gun for protection.

Meanwhile, Jayaraj’s elder brother Dhoni, who has a running feud with Anna, learns that Jeeva had killed his brother. An enraged Dhoni also comes to know that Jeeva is in love with Anna’s daughter. So he wants to kill Jeeva and settle scores with Anna.

And as in most masala movies, the hero wins his final combat with Dhoni.

Newcomer Karrthick is good in fight sequences, but he can work on his expressions. Babu could have extracted a better performance from actress Madhu, who has a few good sequences.

Veteran artists make an impact with Bollywood villain Gulshan Grover, Malayalam actor Manoj K. Jayan, Shobharaj and Ramesh Bhat excelling in their respective roles.

Guru Kiran’s music and background score is the highlight of the film. The songs “Chinnamma” and “Oh, Taavare” have already become popular. M.S. Ramesh’s dialogues are peppy.

“Yuvah” is technically sound but the lack of a good, original storyline and average performances from lead artists are a let down. But action film lovers will enjoy the film.

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