Yuva is a young rebel, who aims to be the boss of everyone. Street-smart and intelligent, he does not want to be the Good Samaritan like Bhagat Singh that his mother wants him to be. His dreams and aspirations make him take some 'wrong' choices. But, his journey makes him understand what's good and what's not.
Mass entertainers come with a lot of terms and conditions. Their basic premise is to entertain the crowds across different sections, which means, more often than not, people forsaking logic at times. Quite often, when there is a big star at helm, one gets carried away with his presence on screen and also gives up on the story. Luckily, Manju Mandavya's debut endeavour as a director proves to overcome these obstacles and delivers a film that entertains, has a message and also gives the hero ample scope to perform his antics.
Masterpiece about? Well, it is a film about ambitions, torn between a mother's dreams to see her son as a social reformer and a son's gluttony for power. The 'mother sentiment' has always been a trump card for mass filmmakers in south India and Manju Mandavya gives this age-old idea an interesting makeover. Yash's character traits make him that loveable rebel who is instantly likeable. His 'good-natured' mother, who dreams of seeing her son do extremely well in life, comes across as more annoying than loving. This works for the film, because, with the plot's progression, you tend to have a shift of emotions, siding the mother and wondering why the son doesn't see the mother's logic.
With this shift also comes in a social message, which doesn't seem too direct and preachy. Playing to the gallery or the padde hudugrus, yet talking to the multiplex crowds, the writers have given an interesting message to the youngsters and the system. Suhasini's experience is the perfect foil to Yash's swagger and this makes for a good watch through the course of the film. The much-talked-about Bhagat Singh sequence is well-shot and interesting.
The film also comes with an ample serving of romance, comedy and action. The romantic track involving Shanvi is quite new. Unlike the usual mass films where the heroine's story track seems forced in for colour and glamour, the romance here is refreshing and you wait for those bits. Similarly, the comedy track involving Yash's favourite Chikkanna is good. This could arguably be one of Chikkanna's best performances this year.
The music and background score are massy and evoke ample whistles. 'Annange Love Aagide' and 'I Can't Wait Baby' especially linger on much after the film is done. Technically, the film is sound and boasts of good cinematography, editing and sets. Wonder when the rights of this film will be shortlisted by Kollywood and Tollywood filmmakers. High time, no?