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Two and a half hours of detachment. Not in a good way.

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Director: Divya Khosla Kumar
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Patriotism, Romance
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The trailer starts of with juvenile boy humor almost making you close it down within the first 15 seconds. But, if you stick through it, it surprises you with some serious business, patriotism of some kind, no less. And Deepti Naval!

Not to say that I expect the movie to be engaging or entertaining, just that it comes as a surprise in the trailer. It also looks like that is how the movie will be placed, start off with innuendos and move on to serious business.

Some of the slower, more melodious songs are a pleasant surprise too. Who knows, maybe the movie will manage that too, surprise us.

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Life - "3.5/5"
Bollyspice - "2.5/5"
glamsham - "4/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

For a person who watches at least two films a week in the theaters, including some really bad ones, I admit it is difficult for films to get me hooked. But, hand-in-hand, it is equally difficult to keep me more than 100% detached from what's going on on screen. Even when my expectations are low, I am on the watch for something to like, something to enjoy. But Yaariyan, manages to even take that away from me.

The screenplay is all over the place here. The only clarity it seems to have is that it knows not what to do with itself. It is almost like they used a trial and error method of sticking blocks of story together.

That is especially sad considering the individual blocks of story are rather random in the first place. Picture this - Four pretty much good-for-nothing kids in college are picked up to defend the honor the college. Why? While you have given up on finding an answer to that, the principal of the college insists on giving reasons which might as well have not been given.

So, they have to compete with some college school in Australia and jingoism follows. The competition continues to be pointless and the worst bit is absolutely disgusting sub-plots lengthen the runtime of the film.

If I go about looking for a needle in the hay stack, I would say the only Rakul Preet came across as someone who might be a good actor if given a chance. She's sweet and has a fresh spontaneity about her that I'd like to see more of. And I say this with Deepti Naval and Gulshan Grover in the cast. Then you have a couple of songs the lyrics of which strike a chord, but why would you suffer a film for lyrics?

Very rarely, do I say this about a film, but this once I have to - there go two and a half hours of my life. Especially considering the Pune International Film Festival is on. Sigh

- meeta, a part of the audience

24 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 2 so-so 21 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Gulshan Grover is wonderfully restrained. Deepti Naval and Smita Jaykar are perfect.... full review

So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...film which has an all new star-cast and a debutant director, Yaariyan turns out to be an outing which doesn't let any boredom to set in. Decent enough ... full review

So-So, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...Yaariyan' is nothing to gush about, but the teenies can watch this one for a lark...and some yo-yo beats!... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K. Jha, Apun Ka Choice : ...This one is strictly for the young at heart and disabled of mind.... full review

Thumbs down, by Namrata Thakker, Bollywood Life : ...Watch Yaariyan only if you are bored to death. Or if you’re in college and your hormones are driving you crazy. Everyone else should give this one a miss – you will thank us later.... full review

Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Only for the teenagers and college goers who wouldn't mind some timepass this weekend. ‘NO’ for everyone else... full review

Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Mrs Divya Khosla Kumar, who even makes an appearance in the end, next to some inanity she thought of about motherhood and film direction, only made this rotten flick even more annoying.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ... Lovely Songs. Lovelier Deepti Naval. Shame about the terrible terrible movie. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Somesh Sinha, Desi Martini : ...A ham-fisted affair! Shame on Divya Khosla Kumar! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi, DNA : ...Strictly for those who want to enjoy the songs on the big screen, the rest can go revisit Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander the best college campus film of all time!... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Divya Khosla Kumar’s story and direction, co-scripting with Sanjeev Dutta, and editing by Arief Sheikh lack fine-tuning and therein lays the main reason for this misery!... full review

Thumbs down, by Swayamsrestha Kar, fullhyd.com : ...In this disaster of epic proportions, nothing works, definitely nothing is "cool" enough, and probably all of it will give you a raging... headache... full review

Thumbs down, by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today : ...Lots of action, lost of attempt to create drama, and not-so-great dialogues take over the movie.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...'Yaariyan' is meant to be many things as we keep discovering as we are dragged along its unending length.... full review

Thumbs down, Indicine : ... Yaariyan is likely to open below average to average because of the hit music even though it doesn’t boast of any known face in the starcast. The spending power of the Indian teenager might even help the makers make decent profits... full review

Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...The screenplay and editing both are as pathetic. The music is good but a song title Maa as a rock song doesn’t do a great job. Honey Singh’s party tracks are the only thing to look forward to in the music album and that itself is grim news... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Hopefully we’ll get to watch more of her in some other film but you certainly need to avoid this on... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well except for some good foot tapping music and fantastic locations there is absolutely no dum in this cheap and boring film... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Yaariyan talks about a whole lot of other things – friendship, trust, patriotism, race attacks and tolerance – but makes no sense at all.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ... With no plot, horrid screenplay and horrendous performances, Yaariyan, in short, is the example that movie-making is not everybody's business. Stay away... full review

Thumbs down, by Paloma Sharma, Rediff : ...Yaariyan may be targeted at a young audience but every single teenager who chooses to watch it will be insulting their own intelligence,... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Out of the several people making their debut, Rakul Preet (the nerdy gal) shows some real potential. Hero Himansh Kohli also looks like he has a shot, if he agrees to a haircut... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankita Chaurasia, Star Blockbuster : ...The end credits start with a note from the director that says, “Making a film and bringing up a baby are two of the most difficult tasks in the world and I was doing both together - See more at: http://starblockbuster.com/movie-review-yaariyan#sthash.R8mA9xx9.dpuf... full review

Thumbs down, by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST : ...Music alone is the upside of the flim. A sheer torture best avioded... full review

69 tweeters(?) - 27 yays 1 so-so 41 nays

Yashshivalkar: Yaariyan is a wonderful movie <3

varoom98: halfway through yaariyan...<3 awesome movie #procrastinationatitsfinest #shouldbedoinghomework

VaishuSalvi: Time Pass n Yaariyan.. Both nice movie! :)

UwesHashmi: #Yaariyan Movie Dekhne K Bad Din Bahot Good Lag Raha Hai Missing My Collage Friends

SwarajBoddu: Yaariyan is such a wonderful movie for this year it will definatly like youth nice entertaiment movie

SuraParth: Watched #Yaariyan awesome movie !

SohiniDogra: Yaariyan :D Amazing Movie . Superb Story . Yet Too Touchhyy and Its a MUST Watch ! ♥ @himanshkohli @shivam3vedi

shubro_g: Tweet 29- JSt saw yaariyan. a gr8 film. the #yaariyanweekend is over. its showtime

SarangRajvansh: Yaariyan...such a wonderfull movie...

sakshi_jain18: Saw #Yaariyan today.... Was jst an awsome movie.....loved @himanshkohli ...AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME:-)

Rohit70102554: Yaariyan must watch.......

RahulKhatod: Yaariyan Rocks @Yaariyantweets #YaariyanWeekend #YaariyanWeekend #YaariyanWeekend #YaariyanWeekend

prishrm: #YAARIYAN wht a movie it is! I don't hv words to appreciate....n ys hw can I frgt lakshya.....:* M in luv wid @himanshkohli! <3 #LYSVM

palki2: #yaariyan nyc movie nd #himanshkohli is tooo tooo cute bt i cried 3 tymes in d movie :p

Natwar_rathore: #Yaariyan really awesome movie. @himanshkohli and @Rakulpreet dono hi is movie ki jaan h. LOVE YOU SO MUCH <3

mutahir_17: Love the movie yaariyan♥

melroserocks7: Jz saw #Yaariyan movie!!!Wat a movie it was!It was awesome!!Seriously luv it!Great job by @himanshkohli @Rakulpreet n the #Yaariyan team!!:)

Kumar0006Rk: Yaariyan is paisa vasool....location was superb...cool music..@taran

jas_canuck92: #Yaariyan is a very cliched, formulaic, corny, unrealistic college film...But its a highly enjoyable, and a very ENTERTAINING film!!!

iChinmayMehta: #Yaariyan awsum movie...!!! #goodStory #bestCast @Yaariyantweets

HRangoonwala19: Whattay movie that was..Yaariyan..best one!!!weekend to crazy hgya yawr ^.^

goldyaish: Watched #Yaariyan Too good! Full of music..masti..mazaa..mouj..emotions..romance..race etc etc @himanshkohli you are kamaal! @Yaariyantweets

DsouzaJennifer: Saw Yaariyan today! People criticizing the movie just because it's a sincere attempt by newcomers. Acting and Direction is nicely done!

DeepjyotiKumar: BOI: Yaariyan First success of the Year; Dedh Ishqiya flops. http://www.naachgaana.com/2014/01/12/boi-yaariyan-first-success-of-the-year-dedh-ishqiya-flops/

biswatosh: Wow Surprising !! Yaariyan Scores Better Than Dedh Ishqiya.

ArPitGarg2222: yaariyan movie, good attempt by divya kholsa kumar, overall good movie and all the new comers- well done, good work

akshita_sharma4: watched yaariyan n its awsm movie !

akshay6777: #Yaariyan ok movie one time watch :D

Yewnop: Yaariyan Movie sUcks Man :D

yasirzubair786: Yaariyan ........ wahi porani story kuch nyaa nhi hai is movie main bus dekhaya thora style se hai......... :/

vmargaj: Yaariyan Qki bakwaas gaane gaane gaane gaane gaane.....

viruraj3: Yaariyan sucks..ZERO rating .

vasudevil91: Wat a bornig and childish movie.. #Yaariyan * 1 star movie....

TheSadPokemon: It takes a genius director to achieve the worst movie of the year, only ten days into the year. #Yaariyan

teleworldin: Movie Review: ‘Yaariyan’ 2 stars Yaariyan starring: Himansh Kohli, Rakul Preet, Nicole Faria, Dev Sharma,... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=281515835334496

SRKswarrior1: So dedh ishqiya is getting 5/5 and yaariyan is getting 0/5 stars , hmmm

Shivam013: #Yaariyan is so bad that even the popcorn falls asleep with you in the theatre. Avoid it to mantain your sanity.

sahithimanaswin: #yaariyan Expected story with unexpected stunts

SagarKarani: Plz do not see the movie yaariyan it suxs... It is worse Dan dhoom 3

RK0105: Calling #Yaariyan silly would be the understatement of the year. It is mind-numbing idiotic. Waste of Money

real_ayush: Yaariyan is a shit movie.

Pre_06: Yaariyan is such a stupid movie. Total waste of time.

PranavMotwani: Watched "YAARIYAN" today..!! -_- . Then i suddenly realised that i bunked my ACCOUNTS lecture for such a CRAP... https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=710433015662927&id=350301128342786

prabhu84: Half a star for Yaariyan - LOL

Piyuple: talking bout movies, I went to watch Yaariyan yesterday! #WorstMovieOf2014

MullahPakistani: Cannot watch Yaariyan. Nice music notwithstanding.

M0ckstar: #Yaariyan - 1.5/5. Waste of time and money.

LUV_IMRAINA: Watchd Yaariyan..!! Bakwas Movie...!! O out of 5 for Movie...!!! Dnt Go....!!! #Request

KetanGilda: We owe it to the nation, esp those who have suffered Yaariyan #MoviesBetterThanYaariyan

Jaymin1nine: #Yaariyan was not upto what i expected from the movie. i mean not at all #sigh!

iSakyb: Yaariyan,a complete waste of time. Dedh Ishqiya,way more worth it!!

iNirmalHR: Jitna Expect Kiya Tha Utni Achhi Nahi Hai #Yaariyan

imbabaji: Do not watch yaariyan. I repeat do not watch yaariyan. Waste of money.

HumTumMatrimony: kuch bhi karna weekend pe but yaariyan muvi mat dekhna... what a shit muvi :-(

Hitenlucifer: Informing yu all further.......yaariyan s a worst movie I hd ever seen.....it's better yu don't waste yur money

gautam_bakhru: #Yaariyan is absolute pathetic, disgusting and worst movie of the century. I want my money back.

DJGOEL: Money saving tip: DON'T WATCH YAARIYAN.. — feeling bored

DirtyDastoor: Dekhne gaya Yaariyan, ban gaya Chutya! #flop

dhaval_thakkar_: it comes down to how many minutes do you survive for #yaariyan.

DesiMogli: जो लोग सिर्फ अच्छे गानों की वजह से कोई फिल्म देखने चले जाते हैं वो महा चूतिए होते हैं #Yaariyan

CoolShatul: #yaariyan ekdum bakwas !!!

Confused_Chora: 'Yaariyan' a complete shitty experience.

Ayeshasama3: Marz Bhi haain deti jaan b hai Leti Yaariyan

ashitweety: Yaariyan- 2 stars.. the old masala served again. dedh ishqiyan- 4 stars.you may not understand the film at one time.. but its a must watch..

anuhelios: Now m know y DedhIshqiya z gud coz Yaariyan is toatally bakwaas...nly cleavages,1long kiss,no story,hochPoch bas aur kuch nhi .

anubhavpandey73: Yaariyan =baba ji ka thullu

Aniket414: Yaariyan-Dumb And Dumber. It is death by film. Mind numbingly dumb and overwhelmingly stupid, this is the kind of... http://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=643523985705584&id=100001439668694

aks_india: --->> @mohitraj: If you take your friend watch Yaariyan this weekend, then your Yarri with him will be in danger as movie is so pathetic

AkkaBond: No #Yaariyan for me after reading the review. It's more of a Yawn-iyan it seems.

7 readers - 5 yays 2 so-so 0 nays

Not Interested in Watching, by Anuj : (although i might just download it just to watch Nicole Faria ;)

Not Interested in Watching, by Fan

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Hindi Songs Lyrics : Worthy to watch, good concept.

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Pooja

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rajesh Nambiar

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rasel Rony : 99

Yay! Thumbs Up, by satyapanda : Can U Uploade All new Songs

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: A couple of fist fights.
  • Language: Mostly clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of kisses.
  • Concept: Friendship and patriotism, I guess.
  • General Look and Feel: Regular low-budget college romance

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

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Comments (10)

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@Meetu: based on the trailer agree with you a 100%. It does start of with puerile vulgar comedy, and continues with that for quite some time. Continue further and you realise that the movie would veer away from juvenile matters to serious stuff like pride and patriotism. Promising trailer, but too much vulgar content in a film with social patriotic message would just limit the film to young generation. I always feel that mixing vulgar content with good content just puts away family audience from visiting the theatre.


I expect this one to be a complete disaster,even dumber and more juvenile than SOTY!
@Meetu : Are u fan of Yo Yo Honey Singh? :P

@Fan hoping against hope...

@Anuj huh?


My condolences for the lost 150 minutes of your precious life.
Thanks however for the review as it has saved 150 minutes of my life being wasted.


Wonder what hypocritical feminists & worthless armchair activists who constantly accuse male film-makers of stereotyping women and portraying them as "objects of lust" in movies have to say about this film directed by Divya Khosla! As I'v always maintained,film-making is a business and box office the holy grail. Anything that sells will be exploited to the maximum. People looking for quality & content can either start producing films for free or switch to theatre and street plays!


Whatever said and done,this movie despite being disliked by 80% of its viewers' will still end up being a plus equation for its investors. This is what we call smart planning and economics,something that the self obsessed Kashyap's,Bharadwaj's and Bhansali's can learn from!

Yaariyan has done good business with a decent opening considering the fact that the movie had a cast of newcomers as well as a first time director. Its take guts to make a movie with newcomers. The last movie we have seen with newcomers was Student of the Year by Karan Johar

Recently watched the movie Yaariyan,its seems your review tells the truth. Feeling sorry for missing the review before I've watched the movie.

yaarian is very nice movie but specially Honey Singh song Blue Panni is very nice. I love this song.

Awesome movie,I love this movie and also movies Song was great.

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