Yaariyan (2014 film)

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Yaariyan (2014 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDivya Khosla Kumar
Written bySanjeev Dutta
Produced byBhushan Kumar
StarringHimansh Kohli
Rakul Preet Singh
Serah Singh
Nicole Faria[1]
CinematographySameer Arya
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Music byPritam
Anupam Amod
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Release date
  • 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10)
Running time
145 minutes[2]
Budget100 million[2]
Box office550 million[2]

Yaariyan (transl. Friendships) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romance film directed by Divya Khosla Kumar,[3] and stars Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet Singh and Nicole Faria.[4] It marked the debut of the director[5] as well as the leads. The film was produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner of T-Series Super Cassettes Industries.

Yaariyan tells the story of 5 close friends who are in college, experiencing different relationships and learning new values. The response to the promotional material on YouTube led the distributor to release the film two weeks earlier than initially planned.[6] The film released on 10 January 2014 with 1200 screens release in India.[7] The film received negative review from critics but was a box office success grossing ₹550 million against its ₹100 million budget.


Living in a university campus set in Sikkim, Lakshya (Himansh Kohli) is the son of a martyred army officer but does not appreciate his father's sacrifice for the nation. Lakshya, Jiya (Nicole Faria) – a college bombshell, Saloni (Rakul Preet Singh) – a geek, Pardy – a drummer, and Neil – a biker, are five close friends who are exploring the best moments of their lives in college, experiencing different relationships yet living an aimless life. Lakshya and his girlfriend, Jenny try to kiss in the library but get interrupted by Pardy and caught by the principal. Soon, in a function Lakshya and Jenny again try to use some personal time with Jiya taking her role for the function but things go awry when Jiya gets stripped from her saree in her underwear in front of the audience and Lakshya and Jenny hanging from a chain above. Jenny then dumps Lakshya. They come across a challenge when their college land has been bought by an Australian businessman who plans to build a casino instead but is ready to lease out the land to the college for 100 years only if they're able to defeat a team of Australian students in a five-round competition. The principal chooses the five students to take part in the challenge.

For the first three rounds they are sent to Australia where Lakshya meets his best friend and cousin Debu. During the first round of rock concert, the Australian band steals Lakshya and his band's song, and on protest they brutally beat Debu. While Debu is rushed to hospital, Lakshya and the band perform a Hindi song, eventually losing the first round. Saloni then wins the second round which is a chess competition. Unable to recover from his injuries, Debu succumbs to death in the hospital. Disturbed by his death, Saloni and Neil lose the third round of bike race, giving Australia a 2–1 lead.

The competition is then shifted to India with two more rounds to go. Lakshya discovers that Neil was the traitor who gave their song to the Australian band and intentionally lost the bike race motivated by a greed of getting an Australian immigration as promised by an Australian team member. Neil is now planning to lose the cycle race as well, but in order to fail his plan, Lakshya befriends Jannet (Evelyn Sharma) and makes Neil believe that the Australians are double crossing him. Neil realizes his fault and decides to win the race, but fatefully falls from stairs breaking his leg. Lakshya takes his place and beats Australia in round four leading to a tie between both teams. In the final round of rock climbing, a team member of both teams has to collect his respective country's flag from the hill top and race back to college in order to win the competition. After crossing all the hurdles, Lakshya manages to win the race and the college celebrates their victory. The story ends with Lakshya and Saloni, Jiya and Pardy getting together while Neil repents his deeds. At the end, Lakshya and Saloni kiss but Lakshya gets distracted again as his sight goes to another girl standing there.




Early 2012, Bhushan Kumar announced making a film in college romance genre and that Divya Khosla Kumar would be the director.[citation needed] Soon, an announcement was released that the cast of the film will include newcomers Himansh Kohli[9] Rakul Preet Singh[10] Nicole Faria and Evelyn Sharma as well as Gulshan Grover[11] and Deepti Naval.[12]

The title of the movie was registered with Saif Ali Khan[13]

The production budget of film is 110 million (US$1.5 million)[14]


The shoot began in Mumbai[15] followed by shoots in Sikkim and Darjeeling. In Darjeeling, the movie was shot in St Joseph's College, Darjeeling.[16] The film was also partially shot in Cape Town. Song Sunny Sunny was shot in the Bo-Kaap area of Cape Town.[17]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received generally negative reviews. Madhureeta Mukherjee from The Times of India gave the movie 3 stars stating "Divya's debut film 'Yaariyan' is mounted on a large canvas with impressive production value."[18] Prithvi KC of Vellore Times has stated that the movie wasn't up to the hype created. Saibal Chatterjee for NDTV Movies gave the film 1 star out of 5, stating that Yaariyan "makes no sense at all".[19] Paloma Sharma for Rediff gave the movie 0.5 out of 5 stars and wrote: "Yaariyan may be targeted at a young audience but every single teenager who chooses to watch it will be insulting their own intelligence".[20] Madhureeta Mukherjee from Times of India gave the film 2 stars out of 5. She stated that "Yaariyan is nothing to gush about, but the teenies can watch this one for a lark...and some yo-yo beats!".[21] Taran Adarsh for Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4 stars out of 5 and stated that Yaariyan is "A treat for youngsters and young at heart". "On the whole, Yaariyan has a gripping second half, smash hit musical score and the youthful romance that should lure and entice its target audience.".[22] Tushar Joshi for DNA India praised the music of the film, and gave the film 2 stars out of 5 stating that the film is "strictly for those who want to enjoy the songs on the big screen".[23] Mohar Basu for Koimoi gave the film 0 stars out of 5 stating that "there is no valid reason for you to watch Divya Khosla Kumar's Yaariyan. It is dull, boring, pathetic and doesn't seem to get over it".[24]

Box office[edit]


Yaariyan had a good first weekend of around Rs 150 million nett[25] Yaariyan grossed around Rs 25.0 million nett on first Monday taking its four-day total to 190 million nett.[26] Yaariyan had the same figure as Monday as it collected 25.0 million nett taking its five-day total to Rs 215.0 million nett[27] Yaariyan collected around 27.5 million nett in second weekend.[28] Made on a budget of 100 million. It collected 420 million.[29]


Yaariyan was screened in the UAE and had a limited release.[30]


Soundtrack album by
Released9 December 2013
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
ProducerBhushan Kumar
Pritam Chakraborty chronology
Dhoom 3
Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Mithoon chronology
Aashiqui 2
Samrat & Co.
Yo Yo Honey Singh chronology
Ragini MMS 2
Arko chronology
Jism 2
Hate Story 2
Anupam Amod chronology
Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara!
Singles from Yaariyan
  1. "ABCD"
    Released: 25 November 2013
  2. "Baarish"
    Released: 29 November 2013
  3. "Sunny Sunny"
    Released: 6 December 2013

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Pritam. There is also a special number by Honey Singh titled Sunny Sunny. Mithoon rendered tracks for this film as well. Arko also composed a track. First full track ABCD was released on 25 November 2013. Baarish was released on 29 November 2013. Audio album of the movie was released on 9 December 2013 on internet. Song Allah Waariyan was released on 11 December 2013. The song is sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali, and written as well as composed by Arko.

Track listing
1."ABCD"Amitabh BhattacharyaPritamYo Yo Honey Singh, Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares3:25
2."Baarish"MithoonMithoonMohammed Irfan, Gajendra Verma6:14
3."Sunny Sunny"Yo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar4:03
4."Allah Waariyan"ArkoArkoShafqat Amanat Ali5:14
5."Love Me Thoda Aur"Irshad KamilPritamArijit Singh, Monali Thakur, Nikhil D'Souza4:25
6."Meri Maa"Irshad KamilAnupam AmodK.K.5:17
7."Zor Lagaake Haisha"Irshad KamilArkoVishal Dadlani5:59
8."Mujhe Ishq Se"MithoonMithoonGajendra Verma, Tulsi Kumar5:44
9."Baarish – Yaariyan" (Remix)MithoonMithoon, Remixed by: DJ ShivaMohammed Irfan, Gajendra Verma5:07
10."Meri Maa" (Reprise)Irshad KamilAnupam AmodK.K.4:43
11."ABCD – Yaariyan" (Remix)Amitabh BhattacharyaPritam, Remixed by: Kiran KamathYo Yo Honey Singh, Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares3:19
12."Meri Maa" (Unplugged)Irshad KamilAnupam AmodAnupam Amod5:17
13."Yaariyan Mashup"VariousVariousVarious3:43
Total length:1:02:33

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Yaariyan – Movie – Box Office India". Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  3. ^ Starcast (18 June 2012). "No big stars in my movie: Divya Kumar". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013.
  4. ^ "19-year-old Serah Singh makes Film Debut with Yaariyan". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  5. ^ Director debut (8 April 2012). "Divya Kumar to focus on new penchant". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Bhushan Kumar's YAARIYAN to finally release on January 10". 28 November 2013. Yahoo India. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Yaariyan". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  8. ^ "I can be lot more than just a villain: Vikas Verma - Times of India".
  9. ^ Lead actor (24 September 2012). "Divya Kumar found lead actor a former Radio Jockey for her directorial debut". Mid Day.
  10. ^ Rakul Preet Singh (18 June 2013). "South Indian cinema is the place to be: Rakul Preet". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 23 June 2013.
  11. ^ Gulshan Grover (19 October 2012). "Grover to play college dean in Divya Kumar's Yaariyan". Screen India.
  12. ^ Deepti naval (11 December 2012). "Deepti Naval to play the quintessential Bengali woman". Mid-Day.
  13. ^ Title (18 August 2012). "Nawab Saif Ali Khan gives away title". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012.
  14. ^ "It was tough to convince my husband of my abilities: Divya Khosla". ibnlive.in.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  15. ^ Muharat shot (31 October 2012). "Divya Kumar's 'Yaariyaan' goes on floor". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013.
  16. ^ Location (18 October 2012). "Barfi!'s train station to be featured in another movie". NDTV.
  17. ^ "Bollywood Movie Yaariyan Shooting Location". bollylocations.com. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  18. ^ Mukherjee, Madhureeta (10 January 2014). "Yaariyan". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  19. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal. "NDTV Movies Review". NDTV. Retrieved 9 February 2014.1/5 stars
  20. ^ Sharma, Paloma. "Rediff Review". Rediff. Retrieved 9 February 2014.0.5/5 stars
  21. ^ Mukherjee, Madhureeta. "Time of India Review". Times of India. Retrieved 9 February 2014.2/5 stars
  22. ^ Adarsh, Taran. "Bollywood Hungama Review". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 9 February 2014.4/5 stars
  23. ^ Joshi, Tushar (10 January 2014). "DNA India Review". DNA India. Retrieved 9 February 2014.2/5 stars
  24. ^ Basu, Mohar (10 January 2014). "Koimoi Review". Koimoi. Retrieved 9 February 2014.0/5 stars
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  30. ^ "Dedh Ishqiya Dull Overseas Dhoom 3 Sets New Benchmark". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 18 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014.

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