In the Realm of PN1997

Friday, April 15, 2005

Yuva

Yuva is one of the films I was really looking forward to seeing. Two years ago, I saw Mani Ratnam's excellent A Peck on the Check, which, alas, I have never been able to find on VHS or DVD.

While Ratnam's new film, Yuva, is not quite as emotionally engaging as A Peck, it is an energetic and entertaining film. Nearly three hours long (but not feeling it), Yuva tells the intertwining stories of 3 men who have a fateful encounter on a bridge. The film begins with the shooting at the bridge and then flashes back to tell the story how each man wound up at that place at that time. Blending the personal with the political, Yuva mixes drama, romance, comedy, and musical numbers in a way only possible in a Bollywood film.

Print at the film festival had spotty English subtitles, but the film was easy enough to follow.

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