Based on the French film Les Lyonnais (2011), Yaara is well adapted by Tigmanshu Dhulia - an avant-garde storyteller of the present times - to suit Indian sensibilities and the film will have you on edge of the seat as it unfolds.
Yaara is engaging in most parts. It starts off strong enough and keeps the momentum going till the end, though, of course, it goes back and forth at times and that could get a bit confusing. The viewer ought to stay alert and watch the goings-on carefully. As Yaara moves ahead, the narrative vacillates between engrossing and not-too-captivating moments. It also gets talk-heavy at times. The climax could've been more impactful. Also, the concept is too urbane. Tigmanshu Dhulia's dialogue is plain ordinary. The plot takes time to come to the point. But Yaara, in totality, is a well-crafted, well-executed film with the ensemble cast pitching in competent performances.
Siddharth Pandit, Ankit Tiwari, Shaan and Gourov Dasgupta-Roshin Balu's music is another asset. Cinematography (Rishi Punjabi) is first-rate. The look of the film is consistently brilliant. The background score (Clinton Cerejo) is exceptional. Each and every frame seduces you into the world that director Tigmanshu Dhulia recreates so delightfully.
The hard work and expertise of director Tigmanshu Dhulia are echoed by the entire star cast of Yaara. Not just the title leads, but each and every actor delivers top-notch performances. Vidyut Jammwal is simply outstanding. Amit Sadh is commanding yet again. Vijay Varma is in top form. Kenny Basumatary, Anuraag Pandey and Mohommed Ali Shah and Shruti Haasan pitch in terrific performances. Shreya Narayan, Sanjai Mishra and Ankur Vikal may not have many lines to deliver, but they do make their presence felt.
To sum up, Yaara may not be Tigmanshu Dhulia's finest work, but it has moments that prove his supremacy as a storyteller and his effort needs to be lauded. Watch it on for the intriguing characters and terrific performances!