Director Mani Ratnam
Release date May 22, 2004 (India)
Genre Action, Adventure, Crime
|Release date 21 May 2004|
Based on Aaytha Ezhuthuby Mani Ratnam
Writer Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), Mani Ratnam (screenplay)
Awards Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Songs Dhakka Laga Bukka
Similar movies Related Mani Ratnam movies
Yuva (Youth), originally titled Howrah Bridge, is an 2004 Indian political drama film directed by Mani Ratnam and released in 2004. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Aaytha Ezhuthu and in Hindi, and is based on the storyline of students entering politics.
The film tells the stories of three young men from completely different strata of society and how one fateful incident on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge which changes their lives forever. The narrative of the story is partially in hyperlink format.
Lallan Singh (Abhishek Bachchan) is a goon, originally from Bihar but settled in Kolkata, West Bengal because his brother Gopal Singh (Sonu Sood) has left him alone and he had no option of earning back home. He loves, marries and abuses his wife, Shashi Biswas (Rani Mukerji).
Michael Mukherjee (Ajay Devgan) is an influential student leader who wants politicians like Prosenjit Bhattacharya (Om Puri) to keep away from college elections. Michael is in love with his neighbour Radhika (Esha Deol) who lives with her uncle and aunt.
Arjun Balachandran (Vivek Oberoi) is a 20-year-old boy, and the carefree and spoiled son of an IAS officer. He wants to relocate to the U.S. for a better future. He falls in love with Mira (Kareena Kapoor Khan), whom he just met. Arjun asks Mira for coffee and takes her to the beach and realizes that Mira loves him back.
One day, Arjun and Mira get into a quarrel on the road and Mira gets into an taxi. Arjun gets lift from Michael to catch up with Mira, who is going that way. Suddenly, Michael is hit by a bullet, and he is saved by Arjun. After talking to Michael, Arjun changes his mind and wants to be a politician. Prosenjit is worried when he hears news of students standing in the election. He uses every possible way to get them out of politics. First he provides scholarship of a prestigious foreign university to Michael. When Michael refuses the bribe, he orders his goon Gopal Singh to take control. Gopal beats some students but faces very strong retaliation from Michael and his fellow students. After that Lallan Singh takes charge and kills Gopal. He kidnaps Arjun and other candidates. However, they escape with the help of Lallan Singh's ally. Lallan follows Arjun and beats him up. While running, Arjun calls Michael for help. He comes to rescue Arjun at Vidyasagar Setu. A fight ensues between the 3 men but Lallan overpowers Arjun but is defeated by Michael who chooses to spare him and leave him for the police.
Lallan is handed to the police. Michael wins the four seats he and his fellow students have contested for. Shashi leaves for her hometown while Lallan remains in prison. Michael, Arjun and two friends enter into politics.
The soundtrack features six songs by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Mehboob. The rap and lyrics for the song Dol Dol were by Blaaze.
Abhishek Bachchan was praised by the critics for hints of a rustic 'angry young man' type performance in the film.
Yuva grossed ₹173.5 million (US$2.7 million) at Indian box office. Yuva did well in multiplexes. But it has not done well in single screen theatres. Compared to other parts of the country, it has fared better in Mumbai. The Mumbai distributor will recover the cost of the film, but his sub-territory distributors in places like Surat and Gujarat lost money.In places like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, even the south India, distributors lostaround ₹ 50 lakh (Rs 5 million) to ₹ 1 crore (₹ 10 million). Overseas, too, the film has done average business.
2004 Filmfare Awards
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