Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Set in the 70's era, Zee5's 'Yaara' is a story of the awesome foursome - Phagun (Vidyut Jammwal), Mitwa (Amit Sadh), Rizwan (Vijay Varma), and Bahadur (Kenny Basumatary) who meet each other in their childhood in the midst of a lot of drama in their lives. Soon they become best buddies and start smuggling together growing up to be known as the 'Chaukdi Gang'. The film starts in 90's era when they all have matured and only three of are seen living a quality life. This is when enters Mitwa who hasn't changed at all and still is in big trouble as he gets arrested by the CBI. Now, what other three friends have to do to save his life, is the point where the story begins and then takes you into the flashback forming the crux of the film.
This movie's title makes it seem that it is all about the unbreakable bond of friendship which is not the case when you finally watch it. The element of friendship and mutual connection among the four of them is missing somewhere. Even the dialogues fail to leave an impact on the audience's mind as the writers have done a forgettable job. The storyline of the film is too ordinary and many twists are easily predictable, though, there is a big twist at the end but the starting seems to be exaggerated.
The editing of the film also suffers thanks to the screenplay which keeps moving back and forth also breaking the pace of the story and interest of the viewer. Otherwise, the setting and visuals are actually good which do take you to back to the early 70s & the 90s and the locations are also carefully selected as per the requirement of the story so here the Yaara gets full points.
The best part of the film is acting by all of them, especially Vidyut & Amit, who both have done complete justice with their characters. Vidyut and Amit both charm you with their magnetic presence on screen and steal the show in every frame. The only disappointment is Shruti Hassan who plays Sukanya, Phagun's (Vidyut Jammwal) love interest. She looks dull and out of her character as a socialist & speaker against caste and class exploitation, Naxalism, and state oppression.
Tigmanshu Dhulia tries to make a non-linear story with so many flashbacks but the thing is, it makes sense only when it is clearly presented before the audience otherwise the result is chaos which is exactly the case here. Indeed, there are some points when you get curious about the revelations but only for a moments post which the film goes back to making you scratch your head.
The music of Yaara is a mix of different themes such as Sufi, romance and friendship. Moreover, the chemistry of Phagun and Sukanya is up to scratch as there are some love moments among them which are shown very beautifully by using various locations.
All in all, Yaara is just an average flick with a few good moments but along with a few disappointments in direction and storyline too. So, if you are a fan of Vidyut and Amit Sadh then you might like the film which might not be the situation in the other scenario.