Divya Khosla Kumar -- the wife of the head honcho of Super Cassettes Industries Limited aka T-Series, Bhushan Kumar, who's also a top dog among Hindi film producers -- started her career in Bollywood as an actor in Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004). Divya then did a course in cinematography and editing. Post that, Divya directed music videos for Agam Nigam, Jermaine Jackson, Tulsi Kumar etc., and even helmed a few ad films. After directing 20 music videos, she is debuting as director cum story & screenplay writer for this college romance movie. And in lieu of opting for the big shots of Bollywood, she chose to cast rank newcomers in lead roles, which albeit, was the demand of the script.
YAARIYAN is a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life. Set in a boarding school of Sikkim, YAARIYAN is a story of close knit 5 friends who are exploring the best moments of their lives in college, experiencing different relationships and learning new values every day. YAARIYAN is about different characters, their bonding, their friendship, their problems, their fun, their mistakes, their relations. It is about their YAARIYAN during good and bad, thick and thin. The college Principal Jim Martin (Gulshan Grover) summons these five students and handles them the responsibility to save their college campus from an Australian hotelier, who intends making a resort and casino. In order to save the college, these students must surpass their Australian peers, in the test of physical and mental abilities through the medium of chess, cycling, rock concert and rock-climbing, as well. How their Yaariyan triumphs, after igniting the missing patriotism in the male lead, forms the crux of the story.
The story/screenplay (Divya Khosla Kumar and Sanjeev Dutta) is a dreary amalgamation of KJo's Student of The Year (2012) and Indra Kumar's first-of-its-kind superhit adult comedy Grand Masti (2013). Read this, the male lead is worthless and his only motive is to share his passionate first kiss with a girl. The initial half an hour of the movie is totally devoted to his kissing escapades, with tacky, dual meaning dialogues (Sanjeev Dutta) forming the banter and a song coming out of nowhere, in between. Though the songs are the sole saving grace of the movie (music directors: Pritam Chakraborty, Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Arko Pravo Mukherjee and Anupam Amod), the plotline is incapacitated, imbecile and extremely dumb. Being a woman director herself, Divya has no inhibitions/qualms in portraying girls as the only means of fulfilling the sexual urge of male. Every single lady/girl in the movie is shown flaunting her assets. Yes, the cinematography (Sameer Arya) is top-notch, which gives the feel of a lavish Bollywood affair. The DoP swathes the viewers by capturing the lush locales of Sikkim & Australia with finesse. Aarif Sheikh's editing is an utter doom, with the movie clocking in at 145 minutes. The pace dips & goes up hand in hand. Had it not been his wife, I'm assured that Bhushan Kumar won't present the movie under his banner.
Himansh Kohli.... Lakshya, Serah Singh.... Jenny, Nicole Faria.... Jiya, Dev Sharma.... Neil, Rakul Preet.... Saloni, Evelyn Sharma.... Jannet, Shreyas Pardiwalla.... Pardy, Sayali Bhagat, Deepti Naval, Gulshan Grover, Smita Jaykar, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Vikas Verma are all wasted. The makers have taken them for granted. One wonders, what made such actors of calibre sign the movie as Gulshan, Deepti & Smita Jaykar.
On the whole, the movie is a messy hodge-podge of lust, girls, songs and more girls, without any story or so. Had it not been the fear of Censor Board of Film Certification, the makers would have surpassed even Grand Masti, in terms of vulgarity/crudity. Shame on Divya Khosla Kumar! Neither her direction nor her choreography (she had choreographed five songs) have the potential to offer something out-of-the-box and that too with supreme proud & confidence. Direction/Story cum screenplay writing is not your cup of tea Mrs. Kumar. A ham-fisted affair! I am going with 1 star for the music only.view less