The Cast and Crew
Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Javed Shaikh, Mithun Chakraborty, Aushima Sawhney, Anjan Srivastava
Music :A R Rahman
Cinematography: Kabir Lal
Director: Subhash Ghai
Subhash Ghai is one of those masters of Bollywood commercial cinema, who can be depended upon to deliver the song-dance-drama formula with aplomb. Remenber Karz, Khalnayak, Ram-Lakhan, Saudagar and Taal have been culled out of the well known Indian film format, yet with that something special, that makes Ghai a showman with a touch of class.
Yuvvraaj has the signature of Subhash Ghai. The family feud is there. The greedy backstabbing is there. The breezy music is there. And the entire saga unfolds in dazzling visuals at exotic locales.
Deven Yuvvraaj (Salman Khan)is a spoiled brat and thrown out of the house by his millionaire father (Javed Shaikh) when he misbehaves with his mentally challenged brother Gyanesh Yuvvraaj (Anil Kapoor). He goes away to Austria and begins a hand to mouth existence as a choir boy. He falls in love with Anushka (Katrina Kaif) who is a musician-singer. Her billionaire father Dr. Banton (Boman Irani) refuses to allow his daughter to have a permanent relationship with Deven as he is poor and also ill-behaved.
Deven gets the news that his father passed away and he at once returns to London with an intention of getting his share of millions so that he can marry Anushka.
Deven returns and meets his brothers Gyanesh and Danny Yuvvraaj (Zayed Khan) after a decade. Danny has a lavish life style and he is also eager to get his dough-pie. The attorney (Mithun Chakraborty) announces that the entire estate has been bequeathed to Gyanesh Yuvvraaj.
Deven and Danny need money urgently. Will they succeed? Will Deven reunite with Anushka? Will the greedy feud imbalance the familial relations? Will sibilant rivalry destroy the family and its wealth? Answers to these questions are dealt with to reach a gripping climax.
Anil Kapoor gives a great performance as a mentally challenged person. He has given one of his best performances ever. Salman Khan is vibrant and essays his role with style and flourish. Katrina Kaif is stunningly glamorous and makes her presence felt in spite of lesser screen space.
Zayed Khan is adequate. Boman Irani and Mithun Chakraborty give credible and creditable performances in their cameos. All other actors suit their characters.
The story, screenplay and direction are according to the known standards of Subhash Ghai. However, Yuvvraaj is more luxurious in its feel. If the director erred, he erred on the side of opulent elegance. There are pitfalls and a bit of predictability now and then in the course of narration, but appear worthy of benign neglect.
The music by AR Rahman is a fusion of the classical occidental symphony and the melodious oriental ragas. It looks as though Rahman had been paying his own version of tribute to Ludwig van Beethoven, Leopold Mozart, Johann Christian Bach et al through his music composed for Yuvvraaj.
Cinematography by Kabir Lal is simply outstanding. He captured the vibrant colours of Europe in such a manner that each frame looks like a masterpiece.
The costumes are very stylish and the set designs are lavish. The production values are high.
The superb performances by Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan, the sizzling dazzle of Katrina Kaif, the exotic cinematography, the enthralling eloquence of AR Rahman and the flamboyant showmanship of Subhash Ghai are the USP of Yuvvraaj.
Though the film runs for about three hours, it is an opulent entertainment all the way.
3 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar