Round-up Review: ‘Yaariyan’

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‘Yaariyan’ boasts a very youthful story with a debut director in Divya Khosla Kumar, wife of the co-producer Bhushan Kumar. It’s set in a college and is a plot surrounding five college friends, looking at their relationships and other trials and tribulations. Starring a whole host of actors including Gulshan Grover and Deepti Naval, BizAsia takes a look at what the reviews have said.

Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama, said, “Divya deserves kudos for accepting the challenge of directing freshers in her debut film… The beginners don’t set the screen ablaze at the very start itself, but the performances grow on you gradually.”

Subhash K Jha of IANS gives his view, “It isn’t a pretty sight to see an actress of Deepti Naval’s calibre ham…��The plot is tiresomely old-fashioned. The narrative is cluttered with characters who think 1970s but wear clothes and an attitude borrowed from the immigration desk of an American airport.”

“It packs in too much variety of thought bubbles (parties, patriotism, racial discrimination) in this boarding school drama. There are emotions, but the scenes or characters don’t go deeper than the gloss…” Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India, writes.

Saurabh Dwivedi at India Today advises, “Lots of action, lost of attempt to create drama, and not-so-great dialogues take over the movie.��Avoid watching the film.”

It seems the critics have slammed this movie more than they’ve liked it. Will it give ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ stiff competition this weekend or is that not a fair comparison? We’ll have to wait and see.

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