Saturday, 29 March 2014

Film Review - Youngistaan

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Film: Youngistaan
Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, Farooq Shaikh
Directed by: Syed Ahmed Afzal
Duration: 2 hrs 13 mins
Rating:  * *

Youngistaan is one of those films that walks the middle path but pretends that is has some higher purpose all together. It could have been a taut political film but thanks to the shoddy writing, it doesn’t even come close.

Abhimanyu Kaul (Jackky) lives with his girlfriend (Neha Sharma) in Japan but the death of this father (Boman Irani) who also happens to be the Prime Minister of the country, prompts him to take a plunge in politics. Before you know it, he is sworn as the P.M. only to face resistance from his senior party workers not to mention the problems caused by his live-in relationship.

Farooq Shaikh (God bless his soul) plays his P.A and confidante and lending some credibility. The election talk in film can be made into an election guide for extreme dummies. A perfectly literate character asks “what is this code of conduct” and at one stage his girlfriend even asks how many seats are required to claim absolute majority in the Lok Sabha. As a means of educating the rural audiences it is fine but it still doesn’t suit the character asking such silly questions.

There is a lot of the wanna-be element in the film. When was the last time you saw security men in suits wearing dark shades in India? The same security men even violate the Motor vehicle act of 1988 by a standing on a moving vehicle.

Barring Farooq Shaikh there is nothing much to harp about in the acting department although Neha Sharma is not bad. Youngistaan is like a half cooked dish that is not terrible, but certainly not enjoyable.

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