Cast: Himansh Kohli, Serah Singh, Nicole Faria, Dev Sharma, Rakul Preet, Evelyn Sharma, Sayali Bhagat, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover
Director: Divya Khosla Kumar
T-series in it’s hey day was known to develop hit music first and then weave a story into it in order to convert it into a film. Remember ‘Lal Dupatta Mal Mal Ka’ and several others that were better known for their music rather than content?. Divya Khosla Kumar’s well marketed and superbly publicised maiden directorial effort, ‘Yaariyan’ appears no different from that earlier con. The music is terrific, there’s no two ways about that but the story is completely lacking in consistency, content or believability.
A hotch-potch of genres and cross-cinema-references, this romantic-comedy-adventure-drama-musical borrows ideas from several hit films both Bollywood and Hollywood to fashion its patchwork quilt narrative. From the Jai-Veeru kind of brotherhood, to ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ triangle of love, lust and innocence, to grand-masti sorta skimpiness in creative thought, to nat-geo styled sporting adventures, all tucked-in by reason of the flimsiest of premises, this film is a complete mess.
The story is largely set in Sikkim. A young lad Lakshya (Himansh Kohli) whose only motive is to share a passionate kiss with a girl goes all out to get the college hottie compromised. Caught in the act, he and his friends are set a challenge by the college Principal (Gulshan Grover). They have to participate in a two-stage competition beginning in Australia with its finale in Sikkim. Failure in this competition would mean losing their college grounds to the Australian folks.
It’s a weird set-up and the exposition only makes it worse. The drama appears crudely manufactured and the practiced motions appear completely fake. The only good thing about this film is it’s terrific music, especially the Honey Singh composed and sung, peppy youth anthem that plays twice in the film and Baarish – hauntingly rendered with soulful pathos, composed by Mithoon. The ABCD pyjama party number is also quite interesting. Also the cinematography by Sameer Arya with its picture postcard bent, is befitting of a romantic adventure. Unfortunately Divya Khosla Kumar’s story and direction, co-scripting with Sanjeev Dutta, and editing by Arief Sheikh lack fine-tuning and therein lays the main reason for this misery!