Youngistaan (transl. The land of the young) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language political film directed by Syed Ahmad Afzal. It stars Jackky Bhagnani, Neha Sharma, Farooq Sheikh, Deepankar De and Kayoze Irani. The film is a love story set against the backdrop of Indian politics.
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|Directed by||Syed Ahmad Afzal|
|Written by||Syed Ahmad Afzal|
Ramiz Ilham Khan
|Budget||₹28 crore (US$3.9 million)|
|Box office||est. ₹9.45 crore (US$1.3 million)|
Youngistaan is a love story set in the backdrop of Indian politics. It is the story of Abhimanyu Kaul and the love of his life, Anwita Chauhan.
Abhimanyu Kaul, a young man living an ordinary life in Japan, finds himself in the political spotlight due to the sudden death of his father, the prime minister of India. Abhimanyu struggles to balance his complicated personal relationships with the political resistance against him from his own party. Being a public figure, by reluctantly accepting to represent the governing party, much against his own wishes and at the cost of his private life, is a double-edged sword that Abhimanyu must walk on.
Thought of as an amateur and incapable of handling the issues at large by one and all (except the ever-faithful Akbar Patel, Secretary to the P.M.), the story closes as a victorious Abhimanyu changes the course of events and turns the tide his way, through his hard work, honesty, and above all, a political legacy – a sharp, leading mind that not everyone inherits.
- Jackky Bhagnani as Abhimanyu Kaul/Abhi
- Neha Sharma as Anvita Chauhan
- Farooq Sheikh as Akbar Uncle
- Prakash Belawadi as Murli Mukundan
- Boman Irani as Dashrat Kaul
- Deepankar De as Shubhodeep Ganguly popularly known as Shubho Da (president of ABKP Party, interim prime minister and later president)
- Kayoze Irani as Ajay Doshi
- Brijendra Kala as Kulfi/Alcohol Vendor
- Mita Vashisht as Suhasini Singh Deo
- Triveni Sangam Bahuguna as Ajay Thakur
- Nilesh Rai as Nilesh
Production and promotionEdit
While the first schedule of the film took place in Indore, Lucknow and overseas – the second schedule was held at the Taj Mahal in Agra, where a campaign titled Yo Youngistan Go Youngistan was launched.
Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day gave 2.5 out of 5 stars stating, "While the movie has a very interesting premise, it is totally diluted by lazy scriptwriting and sketchy direction." Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express rated it 2 out of 5 stars and stated "The film, despite its efforts, becomes muddled, and dull."
Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times rated the film 1 out of 5 stars saying "Youngistaan is brain-dead and insufferable." Paloma Sharma of Rediff.com rated the film 1 out of 5 stars saying "Youngistaan neither says something new nor does it reinforce time-tested wisdom in a way that you actually want to pay attention to it."
According to exhibitor Rajesh Thadani, "Youngistaan raked in Rs 40 million during the first weekend." On its first Monday, the film saw a sharp decline in its gross collection earning in the range of 7.5 million, thus taking its domestic total up to a cumulative of 48.0 million at the box office. The film was a Box office bomb.
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Music was composed by Jeet Gannguli (Suno Na Sangemarmar, Suno Na Sangemarmar (Remix)), Sneha Khanwalkar (Tanki (Mika Version) and Tanki (Bhaven Version)), Shiraz Uppal (Daata Di Divaani, Mere Khuda), and Shree Isshq (Youngistaan Anthem, Youngistaan Anthem Remix) whilst the background score were composed by Salim-Sulaiman. Lyrics were penned by Sanamjeet, Syed Ahmad Afzal, Hard Kaur, Sneha Khanwalkar, Jackky Bhagnani, Kausar Munir and Sonny Ravan.
|1.||"Suno Na Sangemarmar"||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||3:22|
|2.||"Mere Khuda"||Shiraz Uppal||Shiraz Uppal||4:09|
|3.||"Tanki" (Mika version)||Sneha Khanwalkar||Mika Singh, Bhavin Dhanak, Apeksha Dandekar, Sneha Khanwalkar||5:27|
|4.||"Daata Di Diwani (Qawwali)"||Shiraz Uppal||Rafaqat Ali Khan & Shiraz Uppal||5:00|
|5.||"Tanki" (Bhaven version)||Sneha Khanwalkar||Hard Kaur, Apeksha Dandekar & Sneha Khanwalkar||5:00|
|6.||"Youngistaan Anthem"||Shree Isshq||Shree D & Ishq Bector||4:45|
|7.||"Suno Na Sangemarmar" (remix)||Jeet Gannguli||Arijit Singh||5:23|
|8.||"Youngistaan Anthem" (remix)||Shree Isshq||Shree D & Ishq Bector||4:48|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|7th Mirchi Music Awards||Lyricist of The Year||Kausar Munir – "Suno Na Sangemarmar"||Nominated|||
|Song representing Sufi tradition||"Daata Di Diwani (Qawwali)"|
The makers have announced a sequel titled Youngistaan dobara, which would narrate the story after Jackky Bhagnani's character becomes prime minister.
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