Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mani Ratnam|
|Produced by||Shekhar Kapoor
|Screenplay by||Mani Ratnam|
|Based on||Aaytha Ezhuthu
by Mani Ratnam
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Cinematography||Ravi K. Chandran|
|Edited by||A. Sreekar Prasad|
|Distributed by||Madras Talkies|
|Release dates||21 May 2004|
|Running time||162 minutes|
|Budget||120 million (US$1.9 million)|
|Box office||172.5 million (US$2.8 million)|
Yuva (Youth), originally titled Howrah Bridge is an Indian political drama film directed by Mani Ratnam and released in 2004. This film was a remake of a Tamil film Aaytha Ezhuthu 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. Yuva was declared 'average grosser' at the Indian box-office.
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.
And then there is Arjun (Vivek Oberoi), 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), whom he just met.
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. Firstly 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 manage to escape with the help of Lallan Singh's ally. Lallan follows Arjun and beats him up. While running, Arjun manages to call Michael for help. He comes to rescue Arjun at Howrah Bridge. Then 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 Vidhansabha.
- Ajay Devgn as Michael Mukherjee
- Rani Mukerji as Shashi Biswas
- Abhishek Bachchan as Lallan Singh
- Vivek Oberoi as Arjun Balachandran
- Kareena Kapoor as Mira
- Esha Deol as Radhika
- Om Puri as Prosonjit Bannerjee
- Sonu Sood as Gopal Singh
- Saurabh Shukla
- Vijay Raaz as a Friend of Lallan Singh
- Anant Nag as Arjun's Father
- Abhinav Kashyap as Trilok
- Tanusree Chakraborty as Arjun classmate
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
|"Dhakka Laga Bukka"||A. R. Rahman, Karthik, Mehboob||04:59|
|"Khuda Hafiz"||Sunitha Sarathy, Lucky Ali, Karthik||05:02|
|"Kabhi Neem Neem"||Madhushree, A. R. Rahman||04:57|
|"Dol Dol"||Blaaze, featuring ethnic vocals by Shahin Badar||03:59|
|"Baadal"||Adnan Sami, Alka Yagnik||05:25|
|"Fanaa"||A. R. Rahman, Sunitha Sarathy, Tanvi Shah||04:41|
|"Anjanaa Anjani" (Additional song
as a background score)
|Sunitha Sarathy, Karthik||01:04|
Yuva grossed 173.5 million (US$2.8 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. It was sold to distributors at price of a 20 crore-film. Despite a good opening, the box office response to Yuva was mixed, with several distributors losing money. It is another matter that the producers, Ratnam's Madras Talkies, had more than recovered their investments in this 20-crore three-language project.
2004 Filmfare Awards
- Best Supporting Actor – Abhishek Bachchan
- Best Supporting Actress – Rani Mukerji
- Critics Award Best Movie – Mani Ratnam
- Best Screenplay – Mani Ratnam
- Best Art Direction – Sabu Cyril
- Best Action – Vikram Dharma
- Mid-2004: MHN Shines; Yuva, Lakshya, Khakee – Mixed Response
- Box Office 2004
- Sarkar, Sonia (18 January 2007). "Bollywood-inspired IITians eyeing polls". The Times of India.
- Hot spots
- Dull opening for Yuva!
- I am today's woman – very independent, very bindaas'
- Box Offfice Decade in Review: 2004 – Veer Zaara, Dhoom 1, Main Hoon Naa
- Yuva a loser?
- Give Yuva a chance. Don't kill it!