Looking at the trailers one would get would expect Youngistaan to fall in a very utopic zone. Well it does in most of the places, but presents a new side of a story which you might like or discard it as unimportant in such a plot.
Abhimanyu (Jackky Bhagnani) is the only son and heir of the Prime Minister (Boman Irani) of India. Abhimanyu lives a simple life working as a passionate gaming developer at a gaming company in Japan. His world is his job and his live-in girlfriend Anvita (Neha Sharma). When the father dies of cancer, he is replaced as the new Prime Minister to lead the nation for the next three months until the general elections. Abhimanyu is lost initially in this new world, totally clueless facing vital responsibilities. Apart from this, he has to face the testing times in his personal life which is affected due to the endless protocols that are mandatory for P.M. The gradual transformation of this leader from being clueless to a clever politician keeping the good intentions intact is the theme all about.
Youngistaan invests a considerable time on the side effects of politics on his protagonist’s personal life. It’s a boon and a bane at the same time. Those who expect more content on the scheming politics would be disappointed. And at the same time, it seems like a conscious decision to be hatke. However, the last 30 minutes seems too stretched with extremely predictable plot. The tackling of the senior leaders doesn’t excite making the culmination wearisome. The humour is well-written though, especially in the first half, most of which is situational.
Jackky has improved a lot from the FALTU days and gives a passable performance as the 28-yr old Prime Minister. Neha Sharma scores brownie points and justifying her role trying to fit in the new world. Farooq Sheikh plays the role of the loyal P.A . The legendary actor’s subtle reactions are a pleasure to the eyes. Madras Café fame Prakash Belwadi also has an important role in the film.
The soundtrack of the film is impressive with soulful tunes. Cinematography and editing are neat too.
The convenient writing in some of the sequences is what goes against the movie, but at the same time the director’s skill in keeping the viewer should be appreciated when an escapist script is on the plate.
The movie can be given a try. Catch in on the television telecast later, if not in the cinema halls.