ZEE5’s Yaara has been launched. Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia’s crime-drama movie starring Vidyut Jammwal and Amit Sadh is released on ZEE5 today. Set in the backdrop of North India, Yaara revolves around an enduring friendship between four notorious criminals and traces their rise and fall. If you are thinking of watching this movie, here is our review.
- Rating: 3 stars out of 5
- Reason to watch: Great acting by the cast
- Reason not to watch: Poor writing and editing
Yaara Movie Plot
Yaara is about four friends cum partners-in-crime – Phagun (Vidyut Jammwal), Mitwa (Amit Sadh), Rizwan (Vijay Varma) and Bahadur (Kenny Deori Basumatary). The movie tracks their lives from the ’50s to the late ’90s. Phagun and Mitwa were surrogate brothers, who ran away from their village after their father was killed and they failed in their attempt to kill his murderer. They reach a village near Indo-Nepal border, where they are recruited by Chaman (Sanjay Mishra) as part of his Chaukdi gang. Bahadur and Rizwan are the other members, who become their friends.
Yaara Movie Review
Yaara is said to be a remake of the 2011 French film, A Gang Story. Since we haven’t seen the original film, we do hope that it has an interesting storyline to catch the attention of Dhulia, an intelligent if inconsistent filmmaker. For Yaara shows very less of the acumen that was needed in the existence of this adaptation. The movie has been in the making for five years, and like with nearly every delayed release, it has quite a few scars to show. In the case of Yaara, it is the sloppy editing that turns out to be a dealbreaker. As the movie flits through one scene to another with frenzied cuts, it is difficult to maintain a sustained interest in the proceedings. As a result, we hardly grab what happens in a particular scene, nor do we find the characters, including the protagonists, to be engaging enough.
The only two characters that manage to bring some modicum of intrigue are Phagun (more so, because he is the ‘hero’) and Mitwa (because of the mystery surrounding his return, which is soon skewered). Rizwan and Bahadur turn out to be mere fillers, rather than properly sketched out characters. For a film that is about friendship forged in turbulence, we don’t really feel for these ‘yaaras’. This film needs to borrow friendship bands from Rahul to live upto that title. Yaara gains some semblance of momentum in the middle portions when the gang gets involved in the Naxal movement, and finds themselves arrested.
Official Trailer | Yaara
Shruti Haasan is just about okay. Sanjay Mishra is criminally underused, while Ankur Vikal is wasted. A couple of positives, apart from the earnestness of the actors, includes Rishi Punjabi’s cinematography. There are some beautiful frames of sand dunes in the first act of the film, while the rest of the movie is decently photographed. The songs are mildly interesting.