Yuva (transl. Youth) is an Indian Hindi-language political thriller film directed by Mani Ratnam and released in 2004. The film was simultaneously shot in Tamil as Aaytha Ezhuthu, and it is loosely based on the life story of George Reddy, a scholar from Osmania University of Hyderabad.[4]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMani Ratnam
Written byAnurag Kashyap (dialogues)[1]
Screenplay byMani Ratnam
Produced byShekhar Kapoor
Mani Ratnam
G. Srinivasan
StarringAjay Devgn
Abhishek Bachchan
Vivek Oberoi
Rani Mukerji
Kareena Kapoor
Esha Deol
CinematographyRavi K. Chandran
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byA. R. Rahman
Distributed byMadras Talkies
Release date
21 May 2004
Running time
162 minutes
Budget 180 million[2]
Box officeest. 260 million[3]

The film tells the stories of three young men from completely different strata of society and how one fateful incident on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge changes their lives forever.[5] The narrative of the story is partially in hyperlink format.[6]

At the 50th Filmfare Awards, Yuva received 7 nominations, including Best Villain, and won a leading 6 awards, including Best Film (Critics), Best Supporting Actor (Bachchan) and Best Supporting Actress (Mukerji).

Yuva was also a breakthrough for Bachchan as he won the Stardust Award for Actor of the Year – Male for his performance.


The film is set in Kolkata. Michael (Ajay Devgn), Arjun (Vivek Oberoi), Vishnu (Karthik Kumar) and Trilok (Abhinav Kashyap) are leaders of a student organisation who want to remove the corruption involved in politics. However, their lives take an unexpected turn when Lallan Singh (Abhishek Bachchan), a goon working for ruthless politician Prosenjit Bhattacharya (Om Puri), tries to eliminate them.


The film begins with Lallan Singh (Abhishek Bachchan) shooting Michael "Mike" Mukherjee (Ajay Devgn) on his bike, resulting in him falling off the Vidyasagar Setu into the water below which is witnessed by Arjun Balachandran (Vivek Oberoi). The flashback of the characters prior to the incident then unveils.

Lallan is a goon, originally from Bihar but settled in Kolkata, West Bengal because his brother Gopal Singh (Sonu Sood) has left him alone and he had no option of earning back home. He loves, marries and abuses his wife, Shashi Biswas (Rani Mukerji). He gets into a contract under Gopal's recommendation to run errands and work as a hitman for Prosenjit Bhattacharya (Om Puri), a politician.

Michael is an influential student leader who wants politicians like Prosenjit to keep away from college elections. His closest associates are his best friends Vishnu (Karthik Kumar) and Trilok (Abhinav Kashyap). Among the two, Vishnu acts as a right-hand man to Michael. Michael, in his personal life, is in love with his neighbour Radhika (Esha Deol) who lives with her uncle and aunt. Prosenjit is worried when he hears news of students standing in the election. He uses every possible way to get them out of politics. First, he provides a scholarship to a prestigious foreign university to Michael. When Michael refuses the bribe, he orders his goon, Gopal, to take control. Gopal orders Lallan to beat up Trilok, which he does; but faces very strong retaliation from Michael and his fellow students.

Arjun Balachandran (Vivek Oberoi) is the carefree and spoiled son of an IAS officer. He wants to relocate to the U.S. for a better future. He falls in love with Meera (Kareena Kapoor), whom he just met. Arjun asks Meera for coffee and takes her to the beach and realizes that Meera loves him back. One day, Arjun proposes to Meera, prompting her to playfully avoid him by getting into a taxi. Arjun gets a lift from Michael, who is travelling in the same direction to catch up with Meera, who is going that way. Suddenly, Michael is hit by three bullets (shot by Lallan) and falls off the bridge. He is critically injured but is saved by Arjun and Meera.

Lallan finds out that Michael is recovering from his injuries and this is witnessed by Arjun, who follows him to apprehend him, only for Lallan to beat him up badly and leave him with a broken arm. After staying by his side until his recovery, Arjun changes his mind and joins hands with Michael to contest in elections. Lallan later kills Gopal when he finds out that he had been instructed by Prosenjit to take him out due to Lallan leaving an eyewitness (Arjun) behind the bridge incident. He confronts Prosenjit, who brainwashes him to work for him and orders him to kidnap Arjun, Vishnu and Trilok. However, they escape with the help of Lallan's ally Dablu (Vijay Raaz), who has a change of heart after realizing that their profession was interfering with their personal lives, causing Sashi to leave Lallan for her hometown. He convinces Lallan, however to no avail and is killed by him when he aids Arjun's escape.

While running, Arjun calls Michael for help, but Lallan easily catches and beats him up. Michael arrives at the nick of time to rescue Arjun at Vidyasagar Setu. A fight ensues between the three men where Lallan is overpowered by Michael, who spares him and leaves him for the police. Lallan is handed to the police. Michael, Arjun, Vishnu and Trilok win the four seats they had contested for and thus enter into politics.


  • Ajay Devgn as Michael "Mike" Mukherjee, an activist who wants to encourage students to enter politics
  • Abhishek Bachchan as Lallan Singh, a goon working as muscle for politician Prosenjit Bhattacharya
  • Vivek Oberoi as Arjun Balachandran, a wealthy young man who dreams of going to America
  • Rani Mukerji as Shashi Biswas Singh, Lallan's wife who gets abused every day by him
  • Kareena Kapoor as Meera, a girl who is going to Kanpur and Arjun's love interest
  • Esha Deol as Professor Radhika, Michael's neighbor and also his love interest
  • Om Puri as Prosenjit Bhattacharya, a ruthless politician and Lallan's boss who wants to get the college students out of politics
  • Anant Nag as IAS Avinash Balachandran, Arjun's father
  • Vijay Raaz as Dablu, Lallan's friend who helps Arjun, Vishnu, and Trilok escape
  • Sonu Sood as Gopal Singh, Lallan's brother, a goon who had left his brother alone and later gets killed by him
  • Saurabh Shukla as Dr. Gopal, Radhika's uncle
  • Karthik Kumar as Vishnu, Michael's close associate who acts as a right-hand man to him
  • Abhinav Kashyap as Trilok, Michael's close associate who once gets beaten up by Lallan Singh
  • Paras Arora as Arvind Balachandran, Arjun's younger brother
  • Tanusree Chakraborty as Arjun's classmate
  • Kharaj Mukherjee as Advocate Vishal Ghoshal
  • Brijendra Kala as Sheshadri, a newspaper editor
  • Sujata Sehgal as Joe Mukherjee, Michael's sister
  • Lekha Washington as the girl at the embassy
  • Simran (uncredited)


Hrithik Roshan was initially supposed to play the role of Lallan Singh, but was replaced by Abhishek Bachchan.[7]

The film was shot at different locations including Kolkata, Chennai, Bhopal, Theni, Pollachi and other areas of West Bengal.


Soundtrack album by
Released5 March 2004 (India)
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelVenus Records & Tapes
ProducerA.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities
Aayutha Ezhuthu

The soundtrack features six songs by A. R. Rahman, with lyrics by Mehboob. The rap and lyrics for the song "Dol Dol" were by Blaaze.

Song Artist(s) Duration
"Dhakka Laga Bukka" A. R. Rahman, Karthik, Mehboob 04:56
"Khuda Hafiz" Sunitha Sarathy, Lucky Ali, Karthik 05:02
"Kabhi Neem Neem" Madhushree, A. R. Rahman 04:49
"Dol Dol" Blaaze, Shahin Badar (Ethnic Vocals) 03:59
"Baadal" Adnan Sami, Alka Yagnik 05:25
"Fanaa" A. R. Rahman, Sunitha Sarathy, Tanvi 04:41


Critical receptionEdit

The film received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics, with Bachchan and Mukerji's performances receiving particular praise.[8] It was reported that the movie had the narrative style of the 2000 Mexican film Amores Perros.[9][10]

Box officeEdit

Yuva grossed 173.5 million (US$2.2 million) at Indian box office. Yuva did well in multiplexes. But it did not do well in single-screen theatres. Compared to other parts of the country, it fared better in Mumbai. The Mumbai distributors recovered the cost of the film, but the sub-territory distributors in places like Surat and Baroda lost money. In places like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and even South India, distributors lost around 50 lakh (Rs 5 million) to 1 crore ( 10 million). In states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the viewers couldn't relate to the film, hence leading to dismal business. Overseas, too, the film did below-average business.[11][12]


List of accolades received by Yuva
Total number of awards and nominations[a]
Totals 18 41
Award[b] Date of ceremony[c] Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Bollywood Movie Awards 30 April 2005 Best Screenplay Mani Ratnam Nominated [13]
Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan Won
Best Villain Won
Best Supporting Actress Rani Mukerji Won
Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Won
Filmfare Awards 26 May 2005 Best Film (Critics)[d] Mani Ratnam Won [15]
Best Screenplay Won
Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan Won
Best Performance in a Negative Role Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Rani Mukerji Won
Best Art Direction Sabu Cyril Won
Best Action Vikram Dharma Won
Global Indian Film Awards 25 January 2005 Best Story Mani Ratnam Nominated [17]
Best Dialogue Anurag Kashyap Nominated
Best Villain Abhishek Bachchan Nominated
Best Music Director A. R. Rahman Nominated
Best Choreography Brinda(for song "Fanaa") Nominated
Best Art Direction Sabu Cyril Nominated
Best Action Vikram Dharma Nominated
Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Nominated
International Indian Film Academy Awards 11 June 2005 Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan Won [18]
Best Supporting Actress Rani Mukerji Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards 21 January 2006 Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan Won [20]
Screen Awards 18 January 2005 Best Film Yuva Nominated [21]
Best Director Mani Ratnam Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan Won
Best Supporting Actress Rani Mukerji Won
Kareena Kapoor Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Madhushree(for song "Kabhi Neem Neem") Nominated
Best Editing A. Sreekar Prasad Nominated
Best Action Vikram Dharma Won
Best Sound Robert Taylor Won
Jodi No. 1 Abhishek Bachchan & Rani Mukerji Nominated
Stardust Awards 20 February 2005 Dream Director Mani Ratnam Nominated [23]
Star of the Year – Male Abhishek Bachchan Won
Best Supporting Actor Vivek Oberoi Won
Breakthrough Performance – Male Sonu Sood Nominated
New Musical Sensation – Female Madhushree(for song "Kabhi Neem Neem") Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 26 March 2005 Best Supporting Actress Rani Mukerji Nominated [25]
Best Villain Abhishek Bachchan Nominated


  1. ^ Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.
  2. ^ Awards, festivals and organizations are in alphabetical order.
  3. ^ Date is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.
  4. ^ Shared with Govind Nihalani for Dev.


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