Featuring Vidyut Jammwal, Amit Sadh, Shruti Haasan, Vijay Varma, Kenny Basumatary and Sanjay Mishra, “Yaara” was one of the most anticipated films. Having given some terrific movies like Dil Se, Gangs of Wasseypur, Bullett Raja and several more, director and writer, Tigmanshu Dhulia gave the audience high expectations. However, things do not seem to have gone as predicted. Yaara attempts to straddle five decades between the early 1950s to the late 1990s – yet the movie seems to struggle. Yaara streams on Zee5.
The first quarter of the movie stretches as it explains the storyline and allows characters to create themselves. You will know without much confusion that this is a story about friendship, betrayal, honour and rebellion.
The weak screenplay allows no way for the main cast consisting of Jammwal, Sadh, Shruti Haasan, Vijay Varma and Kenny Basumatary to channel their energies. None of the actors, except Jammwal, to an extent, show a consistent rhythm. Even Hassan’s character arc was disappointing.
Jammwal plays the gang leader PhagunGadoliya and covers most of the action scenes. Amit Sadh takes the role of the temperamental Mubarak “Mitwa” Shahariya. The two boys share a bond from their past in Jaisalmer and are forced to take up criminal lives before they turned teens. Sanjay Mishra plays a gangster, sees potential in them and spots them in a bus evading the police after having attempted murder.
The two other significant roles are done by Vijay Varma and Assamese actor-director Kenny Basumatary. However, their performances were not impressive.
Yaara is a remake of the 2011 French drama Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story) and a large part of the plot takes place in the 1970s and makes a shift to the year 1997 later.
No doubt that Yaara has its moments, especially with its action sequences. However, there are simply too few of them to impact the audience or change the course of the film. Although hugely anticipated and spoken about, Yaara is nowhere near Dhulia’s best works.