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Yuvvraaj

Movie poster
Directed by Subhash Ghai
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Written by Sachin Bhowmick
Subhash Ghai
Kamlesh Pandey
Starring Salman Khan
Boman Irani
Anil Kapoor
Zayed Khan
Katrina Kaif
Mithun Chakraborty
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Kabir Lal
Editing by Subhash Ghai
Distributed by Mukta Arts
Release date(s) 21 November 2008
Running time 162 mins
Country IndiaIndia
Language Hindi
Gross revenue Rs. 24.36 crores

Yuvvraaj (Hindi: युवराज) is a 2008 Indian film starring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Zayed Khan and Katrina Kaif based on the Hollywood movie Rain Man. It is produced and directed by Subhash Ghai. American Coby Hadas makes his Bollywood debut with a small part in this film. A.R. Rahman composed the music for the film. Yuvvraaj is a musical story of a fragmented family of three brothers Deven Yuvvraaj (Salman Khan), Gyanesh (Anil Kapoor) and Danny (Zayed Khan) fighting and playing games with each other to inherit their father's wealth. According to the director, the film is about the arrogance and overconfidence of contemporary youth. "Everyone wants to be a rock star, regardless of whether they have the morals to go with the appellation."[1]

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Synopsis

Deven Yuvvraaj (Salman Khan) is a struggling singer who signs an agreement with his girlfriend Anoushka’s (Katrina Kaif) father Dr. Banton (Boman Irani) to become a billionaire in 40 days.

To acquire this wealth, he has to go through an emotional roller coaster journey of joy and pain with his two estranged brothers, Gyanesh Yuvvraaj (Anil Kapoor) and Danny Yuvvraaj (Zayed Khan), who he meets after 12 years. On meeting them, he realizes that they are two individuals who are completely opposite to each other, which makes his task all the more difficult. He goes to his house to meet his brother and to get his share; but after reaching home, he finds out that, according to his father's will, only Gyanesh Yuvvraaj will be the heir of the entire property. The whole film is about the 3 brothers coming back together. In the end Gyanesh is poisened by family. Danny takes care of the family as Dev rushes Gyanesh to hospital. The last part is Gyanesh gets better.

Characters

Salman Khan as Deven Yuvvraaj is a slightly ambitious guy who believes life begins with himself and ends with his love Anushka. A quarrel with his father was reason enough for him to leave home and live as a struggling singer. Devoid of family values, he is forced to journey through the circle of love for the sake of money to complete his love story. However, as he goes along this journey, he softens into a likeable and lovable character.

Anil Kapoor as Gyanesh Yuvvraaj is the centerpiece of all action. An autistic savant, he is completely removed from the idea of money; therefore, his enormous inheritance has no impact on him. All he wants is love. He withers without it. By some stroke of destiny, he has a genius disorder. Since childhood, he was brilliant in all aspects of music. He enters Deven’s world of music and effortlessly becomes the superstar that Deven dreamt of being.

Zayed Khan as Danny Yuvvraaj is the real prince who lived life super-large. A passion for flying kept him floating on an air-cushion filled with his father’s money. A playboy and a brat, he was sure that the inheritance would be his. Unable to deal with the loss of his playground (as casinos and clubs threw him out), he strikes at Gyanesh in an attempt to get back what he thinks was rightfully his.

Katrina Kaif as Anoushka is a beautiful, angelic girl who is passionately in love with her 'cello and Deven. A girl of very high values, she refuses to marry Deven unless her father accepts him willingly.

Filming locations

Although a part of the film supposedly plays in the Czech capital Prague, the corresponding outdoor shots were actually filmed in the Austrian mountain province Tyrol. Scenes filmed in the province's capital Innsbruck feature many of the city's sights, such as the imperial castle, St. James's Cathedral, the main street and the ski jumping arena.

Release

Box office

Yuvraaj was released on 21 November with around 1000 prints. The movie managed to collect only Rs. 100 lakh in its opening weekend in the U.K. and Rs. 32 crore in the U.S.A. In the first four weeks of its box office run, the net collections of the movie were around Rs. 72 million.[2]

Critical reception

The film received generally mixed reviews from critics. Indiatimes gave the movie one star and described it as "not just a bad film but a boring film"[3]. Sonia Chopra of Sify gave the movie one and a half stars.[4]. Taran Adarsh praised the acting of the cast, while criticising the screen play, labeling the movie as just "interesting in parts". [5] Martin D'Souza of Bollywood Trade News Network gave the movie three stars out of five calling it "on the whole, a worthwhile experience". [6] Nikhat Kazmi in his review in Times of India praised the music, cinematography and performances by Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.[7] Rajeev Masand of CNN IBN gave the film 1 out of 5 stars, criticizing Salman Khan's acting and also the direction, he also described the film as boring. The film received a 3 out of 5 stars from a film rater who described it as a "classical film that makes you cry and laugh at the same time".

Music

Yuvvraaj
Soundtrack by A.R.Rahman
Released
16 October 2008 (CD release)
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 44 minutes
Label T-Series
Producer A. R. Rahman
Professional reviews
  • Glamsham.com 4/5 stars [1]
A.R.Rahman chronology
Sakkarakatti
(2008)
Yuvvraaj
(2008)
Ghajini
(2008)

Music of the film released on 17 October 2008. The score, performed by the Chennai String Orchestra, utilizes Western classical music and retro disco music. The orchestra also performs Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Reception

The score received positive reviews. Gulzar said "music of Yuvvraaj is magnificent".[8] Salman Khan himself promoted the music saying that music is the USP of Yuvvraaj.[9] Rediff.com was impressed with the album and said that Rahman excels in Yuvvraaj.[10] Buzz18 was impressed with the album.[11]

Tracks

Tracklist
Track Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Main Hoon Yuvvraaj"   Salman Khan 1:13
2. "Tu Meri Dost Hai"   Benny Dayal, Shreya Ghoshal 6:13
3. "Shanno Shanno"   Sonu Nigam, Srinivas, Karthik, Timmy, Sunaina, Vivienne Pocha, Tina, Blaaze 6:22
4. "Tu Muskura"   Alka Yagnik, Javed Ali 5:37
5. "Mastam Mastam"   Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer 6:17
6. "Zindagi"   Srinivas 5:06
7. "Dil Ka Rishta"   Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, A. R. Rahman, Clinton Cerejo, Suzanne, Vivienne Pocha, Sunaina, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Blaaze 7:39
8. "Manmohini Morey"   Vijay Prakash 3:11
9. "Shanno Shanno (Remix)" (remixed by Krishna Chetan) Sonu Nigam, Srinivas, Karthik, Timmy, Sunaina, Vivienne Pocha, Tina, Blaaze 2:38

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