Devan (Salman Khan) and Danny (Zayed Khan) are blood bothers. Gyanesh (Anil Kapoor) is their step-brother and is also a mentally under-developed man. They are the sons of a multi-billionaire business man in London. Devan comes out of the house in his teens as he hates his father and he settles as a chorus singer in Prague. His father dies and leaving the entire fortune in the name of Gyanesh. Devan and Danny unite and plot against Gyanesh to steal his money. The rest of the story is about how Gyanesh makes them realize the value of human bonds and brotherly love.
Salman Khan tried to re-enact the antics he had portrayed in David Dhawan films. But his characterization does not demand similar antics. His performance in the final scene with Boman Irani is good. Katrina Kaif is adequate as the heroine. Anil Kapoor is excellent as a mentally immature man. Zayed Khan fits the bill with a character of negative shades. Mithun Chakravarthy is good in a brief yet vital role of the attorney. Boman Irani is nice as heroine's father.
Story - screenplay - direction: Story of the film has some shades of Taal (musical subject). Story is quite predictable. Treatment of the film is formulaic. Screenplay is uninteresting. Characterizations in the film are bad except for that of Anil Kapoor's. Direction by Subhai Ghai is clichéd. There is no soul in the film.
Other technical departments: Music by AR Rehman is very good. But Subhash Ghai could not capitalize on it. Cinematography by Kabir Lal is good. The sets and locations explored are beautiful. Dialogues of the film are routine. Production values are very good.
Analysis: Subhai Ghai is the master of drama in Hindi films. How would a drama sound if there is no soul and feel to it? 'Yuvaraaj' is an example of drama that has neither soul nor substance. The script is clichéd and characterizations are bad. On a whole, Yuvaraj disappoints.
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