Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring: Vidyut Jamwaal, Shruti Haasan, Amit Sadh, Vijay Varma, Sanjay Mishra and others.
Streaming on: Zee5
YAARA is a film which starts in the late 90s. The film is based on the friendship of two friends – Phagun (Vidyut Jamwaal) and Mitwa (Amit Sadh). The film starts in 1997, Phagun is married to Sukanya (Shruti Haasan). There is a party going on, when Phagun, and his two friends (Vijay Varma and Kenny Basumatary) find out Mitwa has been caught by CBI who want him to turn against a don named Shaqeel. The film then goes to flashback to the 1950s to show how the friendship of Phagun and Mitwa began. How Phagun’s dad was killed by a local Rajasthani Bahubali. They tried to take revenge on him but failed and they decide to run off. In the bus they meet a gangster Chaman (Sanjay Mishra) who sees potential in them and takes them to his boss, who starts involves them in the smuggling business on the Indo – Nepal border. Time passes and it’s 1977. They are selling guns to communists in a Delhi University where they come across Shruti who is a comrade. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The film is poorly written and poorly executed. There is no clear flow or direction this film seemed to be headed in. Almost at the climax and it’s still unclear what point this film is trying to make. A lot seems to be happening in the film as well to a point it gets you a migraine to figure what’s actually happening.
Technically, the film is average. Cinematography by Rishi Punjabi is good. Editing by Geeta Singh could have been slicker. Writing is terrible. The songs are out of place and seem unnecessary. The production design and costume design is average.
Performance wise, the film is good. Vidyut Jamwaal gives his best but is let down by poor writing, but shines in the action sequences. Shruti Haasan doesn’t have much to do, but she does well. Amit Sadh does well. Vijay Varma is in his element. Kenny Basumatary is decent. Sanjay Mishra has a cameo and he plays his part effortlessly. The rest of the cast offer able support.
Tigmanshu Dhulia’s direction is probably his weakest film till date its a shame cause there was some potential in the film but its never actually realized.
On the whole, the film is a major letdown. Barring some well executed action sequences there is nothing which happens in the movie over all.