Borrowing its name from a popular cuss-word abbreviation, 'YZ' turns the entire meaning of the phrase around. The director-writer pair of Sameer Vidwans and Kshitij Patwardhan has been credited with making some beautiful slice-of-life films ('Double Seat' and 'Time Please'). Their films always strike a chord with the viewers, primarily because they are logical and can be easily identified with. 'YZ' too is no different.
If you go by the trailer, the film can pass off as a desperate guy's attempts to get appreciation and love, but as they say, 'don't judge a book by its cover'. At the heart of 'YZ' is an issue many people face today- loneliness. What Vidwans and Patwardhan do with this issue though, is something completely unexpected.
The protagonist Gajanan aka Ababa (Deshmukh) is stuck in a mundane life. He teaches history at a college in Wai, isn't married, although his mother makes sure to enrol his name in every matrimonial database, and is fed up of being teased for his so-called drawbacks. When he is told to teach at a college in Pune, Ababa gets cold feet. The prospect of living all by himself in a big city scares him but he accepts the offer. In Pune, he meets Battis (Tanksale), a student who eventually teaches him lessons in life. With Battis' 'training in the art of YZ', self-realisation and his encounters with three women, the young and bubbly Antara (Parna), the demure Parnarekha (Sai) and his childhood friend Sayali (Mukta), Ababa transforms into a whole new person.
This movie belongs to Sagar. He is so convincing and natural that you laugh when he laughs and cry when he cries. Calling him a great find won't be an understatement at all because it's as if the role was meant for him and no one else. If Sagar is Arjun in the battlefield, his charioteer and confidante, Lord Krishna would be Akshay. Akshay has done small roles earlier but as Battis he gets a much needed break. He unleashes a flurry of punch-lines and fits the role perfectly. Parna as the bubbly girl is convincing and so is Sai, who sheds her glam avatar for this film. In a small role too, Mukta drives the point home with her expressions.
'YZ', along with its title, is an out-of-the-box film. Its graph rises consistently and ends on a high note. The film is a complete package; great story, acting and direction plus good music.
To sum it up, 'YZ' wreaks 'havoc' from the word go and missing it wouldn't be a wise thing to do.
WATCH: Trailer of 'YZ':