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|
|21 May 2004|
|Budget||₹120 million (US$1.8 million)|
|Box office||₹172.5 million (US$2.6 million)|
Yuva (Youth), originally titled Howrah Bridge, is an 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.
Then there is a 20-year-old boy named Arjun (Vivek Oberoi), 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), 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 auto. Arjun gets a lift from Michael to catch up with Mira, who is going that way. Suddenly, Michael is hit by a bullet, and Arjun saves him. 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 to take control. Gopal beats some students but faces very strong retaliation from Michael and his fellow students. After that Lallan takes charge and kills Gopal. He kidnaps Arjun and other candidates. However, they escape with the help of Lallan's ally. Lallan follows Arjun and beats him up. While running, Arjun calls Michael for help. He comes to rescue Arjun at Howrah Bridge. 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.
- Ajay Devgn as Michael Mukherjee, a student leader who wants to lead people into being politicians.
- Abhishek Bachchan as Lallan Singh, a goon from Mumbai who hates Michael and Arjun.
- Vivek Oberoi as Arjun Balachandran, a 20 year old boy who dreams of going to America.
- Rani Mukerji as Shashi Biswas, Lallan's wife who gets abused every day.
- Kareena Kapoor as Mira, A girl who is going to Kanpur and also Arjun's love interest.
- Esha Deol as Radhika, Michael's neighbor
- Om Puri as Prosonjit Bannerjee
- Sonu Sood as Gopal Singh, Lallan's older brother who teaches him respect.
- Karthik Kumar as Vishnu
- Saurabh Shukla
- Paras Arora as Arjun's younger brother
- Vijay Raaz as a Friend of Lallan Singh
- Anant Nag as Arjun's Father
- Abhinav Kashyap as Trilok
- Tanusree Chakraborty as Arjun's classmate
- Sujata Sehgal as Michael's sister
|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$2.6 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.
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 Archived 4 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- Dull opening for Yuva!
- Box Office Decade in Review: 2004 – Veer Zaara, Dhoom 1, Main Hoon Naa[permanent dead link]
- Yuva a loser?
- Give Yuva a chance. Don't kill it!