Movie Review: Uvaa

Cast: Mohit Baghet, Lavin Gothi, Rohan Mehra, Bhupendra Singh Megh, Rajit Kapoor, Om Puri, Jimmy Sheirgill, Sangram Singh

Direction: Jasbir B. Bhati

Production: Dhanraj Films

Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes

Rating: 2/5

Story: Worried about their future, five wayward teens from remote villages in UP are enrolled in an English medium school in Faridabad by their respective families in order to reform them. But can the youngsters adapt to their new posh surroundings? Things further take an ugly turn when the boys get involved in a criminal case.

Review: Ram (Vikrant Roy), Anil (Rohan Mehra), Vikram (Lavin Gothi) Salmaan (Mohit Baghel) and Deenbandhu (Meghvrat Singh) are good-for-nothing brats, who fool around and ogle their female colleagues and firang teachers, dressed in seductive saris. They don’t pay heed to the regular punishments they are subjected to or warnings given by the school staff. However, things escalate when three of them are taken into police custody for allegedly raping their principal’s daughter. The boys claim innocence. Even their school, family and friends stand by them but law must take its course and ensuring that is S.P. Tejaveer Singh (Jimmy Sheirgill). Does truth prevail?

Uvaa (read youngsters) is one of those many films which touches upon a relevant topic but fails to capitalise on its potential. You fail to understand why a film, loosely inspired by the Nirbhaya case must begin as a silly campus caper. The director resorts to comedy in the first half, probably to extend the reach of his social drama across all age groups and that turns out to be a terrible decision. The supposed jokes do not amuse you at all.

The youngsters act well but sadly, poor writing lets them down. Rajit Kapoor and Om Puri are wasted. Jimmy Sheirgill’s character is the highlight of the film and he is sincere and intense but you wonder why such a good actor gets restricted to such conventional roles.

Various films raise issues and portray aam junta’s plight, their silent protests and outrage against the system, but fail to offer a credible solution to fight the crime. Uvaa dares to do that and manages to make sense somewhere, but shoddy execution mars this potentially significant social drama, which demands crucial changes in our judiciary and society at large.

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