For the longest time I haven’t been subjected to a film that is so mind-numbing. Divya Khosla Kumar’s Yaariyan will remind you a bit of Main Hoon Na and Student of The Year. But sadly, this college rom-com is no match to Farah Khan and Karan Johar’s hit films
Divya Khosla Kumar’s directorial debut Yaariyan stars Himansh Kholi, Serah Singh, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria, Gulshan Grover and Deepti Naval. The movie revolves around four college friends who are pretty much good for nothing. Lakshya (Himansh) is desperate to experience his first kiss, but something goes wrong every time he aims to get it. What’s bizarre is that the entire college is gung-ho about Himansh’s first kiss. It doesn’t end there, with the youngsters. Even the teachers suffer from some hormonal locha and cannot keep their hands off each other. I am glad that I haven’t come across any such college in my life! The story shifts from the touchy mode to sports, Australia, racial attacks, patriotism and lots of cleavage popping out of the screen into your face. Divya tries to incorporate too many issues into one plot. That’s why Yaariyan failed to make any impact on me. Maybe collegegoers won’t mind watching a film that hardly makes sense. After all, class bunk marke thodi na koi meaningful picture dekhne jayega!
What’s good about Yaariyan?
Hands down it has to be the music and then the cinematography. The songs are peppy and colourful and will certainly cheer you up every time you regret walking into the theatre. And Yo Yo Honey Singh’s special number is delicious icing on the cake. As for the cinematography – the film has been shot in virgin and unexplored parts of Darjeeling and in Australia. The locales are beautiful and will make you go ‘wow’. There is a motorcycle and bicycle race scene that has been shot brilliantly. Also, the first half is tolerable thanks to some good comic punches. Performance wise, Himansh Kholi is decent and the rest are just okay.
What’s bad about Yaariyan?
The most important element – the script! There is too much happening at one point and then suddenly there is nothing happening at all beyond the bosom popping. Brilliant actors like Deepti Naval and Gulshan Grover are wasted. Also, newbie Himansh Kholi needs to work on his ever-smiling face. He flashes his million dollar grin in every frame, which soon gets very, very irritating.
Watch Yaariyan only if you are bored to death. Or if you’re in college and your hormones are driving you crazy. Everyone else should give this one a miss – you will thank us later.
Reviewed by Namrata Thakker
**** Very good