Youngistaan : Film Review


Cast - Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma

Director - Sayed Ahmad Afzal

Rating - ***1/2 What's it about
A story about how an individual reacts when his life takes an unexpected twist, Youngistaan is the story of Abhimanyu Kaul (Jackky Bhagnani) who is a regular guy living with his girlfriend in Japan making video games. Back home his ailing father (Boman Irani) who is the Prime Minister of India is on his death bed. Now the baton is passed to Abhimanyu as he's thrown in the political arena and suddenly his life changes overnight as he's sworn in as the PM of the country. What follows is a series of funny yet though provoking incidents that throw light on the socio political intricacies of our country.

What's hot
This has to be Jackky's best performance. He is totally at ease with his character and plays it with utmost sincerity. Also his styling and body language after becoming the PM has been well portrayed. The humor comes in the form of the portion where he has to let go of his previous life and accept this new responsibility. The transition scenes are well shot. The late Farooq Shaikh who plays the secretary to Abhimanyu is outstanding. He is one of the best performers in the film after Jackky. The Suno Na track is a beautiful ballad and one of the highlights of the film.

What's not
There should have been more twists and turns in the plot. After a while the story starts stagnating. Some songs feel unnecessary and out of place. The part where he is talking to the youth and inspiring them also could have been better.

What to do
On the whole Youngistaan is a great entertainer with a positive social message.

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