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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Produced by Shekhar Kapoor
Mani Ratnam
G. Srinivasan
Screenplay by Mani Ratnam
Based on Aaytha Ezhuthu
by Mani Ratnam
Starring Ajay Devgn
Rani Mukerji
Abhishek Bachchan
Vivek Oberoi
Kareena Kapoor
Esha Deol
Sonu Sood
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
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 120 million (US$1.8 million)[1]
Box office 172.5 million (US$2.5 million)[2]

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 his own Tamil film Aaytha Ezhuthu and is based on the storyline of students entering politics.[3]

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.[4] The narrative of the story is partially in hyperlink format.[5]


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. One day, Arjun and Mira get into a quarrel on the road and Mira gets into an auto. 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.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 into politics.



Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 2004 (India)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Venus
Producer A.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities
Aayutha Ezhuthu

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.

Song Artist(s) Duration
"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


Critical reception[edit]

Abhishek Bachchan was praised by the critics for hints of a rustic 'angry young man' type performance in the film.[7]

Box office[edit]

Yuva grossed 173.5 million (US$2.6 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.[8][9] 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[edit]


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