‘Yaar Anmulle’ was a complete entertainment package. The trio of Aarya Babbar, Harish and Yuvraj Hans were the anchors, who held the reins of the movie firmly in their hands, though Aarya Babbar did falter in that frequently in the movie. It was Harish, who took the cake with his hilarious acts.
His comedy was so spontaneous, natural and refreshing that never at any point in the film the viewer feels anything imposed in his character. The storyline was simple and plot developed on the expected lines. But this cannot be taken to be a weak point of the film as in case of comedies it is not the story that is of utmost importance, rather it is the comic dialogues and acts, and also the character portrayal. For a change, the comedy in the movie was not created out of stale jokes and the SMS’s as has been the case with most of the Punjabi films recently.
There are a few flaws that need to be discussed in this film review of ‘Yaar Anmulle’. They could have very well been avoided. First, the location of the movie was shifted back and forth from Punjabi University, Patiala to Lovely Professional University, Phagwara. The logo of the Lovely Professional University was shown whenever there was a classroom scene. Had the logo not been there, the classroom could have been passed off as that of the Punjabi University, Patiala. Secondly, the fowl Punjabi language used by Harish to create humour should not have been used. The director probably wanted to give it a realistic touch and also endear it to the Punjabi youth, who often indulge in such indecent language. But by using such language to create humour the director seemed to be justifying its usage. At no cost this message should be given by a movie of a high stature.
Some critics have pointed out that there is no moral message in the movie. First of all, I would like to mention it here that if there is no moral message in the movie that should not be considered as a negative point of the movie. Not all the films preach morality. Some are for pure entertainment purpose, with the only thing kept in mind that no immoral act is promoted. And that would be preaching morality in some sense! One thing definitely lacking in the movie ‘Yaar Anmulle’ is that there are many scenes in the film that focus on ragging in the University but there is no message against this issue. Now the second point is that the statement that there is no moral message in the movie is not wholly true. There are certain messages. One such instance is when it is particularly emphasized by Jividha that if Aarya Babbar has not been to clear his exams it is not that he is not intelligent. This is a very common mindset of people in Indian society, which leads to a tragic setback to the Indian education system and also the neglect of talented children. There are many children, who might not be very intelligent in academics but have a hidden talent in them just as Aarya Babbar has the knack of writing beautiful poetry. Hence, film ‘Yaar Anmulle’ has a very serious message to convey. It should serve as an eye-opener for the society, especially the parents, who are always into pressurizing their children to score well in academics.
Kajal (first from left), Yuvraj Hans (second from right) and Aarya Babbar (extreme right)
The cinematographer too deserves credit for his outstanding work. The heroines didn’t have much to do in the movie. It was just like any other Punjabi movie. But there are a few things in which this one stands out inspite of its simple story line. For instance, the ragging scene in the beginning of the movie didn’t appear to be a stereotype (as was the case with the ragging scene in ‘Yaara O Dildaara’.
Overall, the movie was very good and not just a one-time watch.