Youngistaan movie review.
2014 has been a very political year so far for Bollywood. There have been many films based on politics and society; ranging from Jai Ho to Gulaab Gang. The latest one to join is Youngistaan
The film follows the story of the loverboy Abhimanyu (played by Jackky Bhagnani), who is suddenly uprooted from his carefree life and is compelled to take over his father’s powerful position as India’s youngest Prime Minister.
Abhimanyu Kaul leads a life of gaming, partying and romancing his inamorata Anwita (Neha Sharma) and living-in with her in Tokyo. This existence comes to a rude halt when his father suddenly passes away and he is forced to take up the position of the chief minister.
His life turns upside down overnight as designer denims are replaced by tailor-made sherwanis and kurtas; wild parties are replaced by ‘parties’ with corrupt politicians.
His only trust-worthy man is Akbar uncle (late Farooq Shaikh), the PA to the PM. His live-in relationship with his girlfriend -which is considered inappropriate on various levels in this country- if frowned upon by the media and the politicos but the couple refuse to budge. How the suave loverboy becomes an efficient PM forms the rest of the story. Jackky disappoints the viewer with his acting skills.
The only person worth watching is the late Farooq sahab; in the last role of his life. His acting prowess enables him to deliver a flawless performance.
The director Syed Ahmed Afzal’s utopian ideas make the viewer go ‘blah’ sometimes in the film; Moreover, Abhi’s character’s look bears uncanny resemblance to the congress leader Rahul Gandhi. With the Lok Sabha elections around the corner, one can’t help but wonder if this is a campaign film. From something as basic as how Jackky waves at the masses, addresses the public, the way he walks, talks and wears clothes, every detail has been paid great attention to and looks so real.