133 Min | Drama | March 2014
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Director: Syed Ahmed Afzal
Starring: Jacky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, Farooq Shaikh
Youngistaan Review: ‘Youngistaan’ may not be flawless or a razor-sharp political satire, but its a well-made, honest film. Its potential cannot be denied, despite its visible minuses! ‘Youngistaan’ Synopsis Abhimanyu Kaul – a young, independent, Games Developer, living in Japan & the love of his life, Anwita Chauhan – a bubbly, passionate & full of life, summer intern. Their happy and content life faces the test of time, when blood ties & the pressure of being born into the first family of India tears a young Abhimanyu between his love for Anwita & a promise made to his dying father, the Prime Minister of India. Being a public figure, by reluctantly accepting to represent the governing party, much against his own wishes & at the cost of his private life, is a double-edged sword that Abhimanyu must walk on.
‘Youngistaan’ explores an underdog’s story with honesty. It begins well, it progresses well, as the humor works, the political portions work & so do the performances. But, the second-hour begins to lose pace. Once our protagonist, turns into the most powerful man of the country, his journey grips you completely. But, the subplot, the romantic-angle, acts as a deterrent, more-so in the second-hour. Its stagnates the pace as well as the overall impact. Another thing, the length could’ve been trimmed, by at least 15-minutes. Syed Ahmad Afzal’s Screenplay does justice to an interesting premise, but could’ve been sharper. His Direction, on the other-hand, is controlled. Cinematography & Editing are good.
Performance-Wise Jackky Bhagnani enacts the protagonist, with sincerity. He’s controlled, mature & believable all through. This has to be his best work till date. Neha Sharma does an okay job. The Late/Great Farooq Sheikh is a joy to watch, as always. Boman Irani is wasted. On the whole, ‘Youngistaan’ is a good watch.
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