The last nail in the coffin.....
I am one of those hindi movie buffs of old, who love formula films, the drama and excitement of the old or beaten track taken by films. Hence, I was secretly nurturing some hope in my heart that I might be able to either catch a glimpse of the Subhash Ghai of old who gave us films such as Karz, Meri Jung, Ram Lakhan, among others, or if not then he would probably have learnt a lesson or two from the debacle of Yaadein and Kisna and re - invented himself somewhat, to use this multi starrer opportunity to advantage.
Alas! Neither of the above hapenned, and in fact sad but true, Yuvraaj seems to convert the hunch into a reality, that Subhash Ghai, now, seems to have lost it completely.
Firstly, the director has a beautiful score of his hands, with Tu hi meri dost hai already popular on the charts, rather than augmenting the score with good if not beautiful picturisation, he hacks the songs to smithereens with a giant axe.
Tu hi meri dost hai - lip sync not matching with the song...Salman careering in the air...random carriage coming in...making it seem bizarre. Even the others like Shanno Shanno, have an old style and look of song picturisation, (horrible colours of dresses, lots of extras gyrating, and very unreal sets), which doesn't work in today's day and age of slickness. The songs also seemed extraneous to the story on several occasions. What cold blooded murder of a decently good track given by A. R. Rahman.
The one intelligent move made by the director were the many product/ brand placements made so obviously through the movie which may have raked in some good moolah.
Salman hams in the movie like nobody's business. Zayed shows some bad acting talent. Katrina delivers what she is meant to , which is look exceedingly pretty, innocent, play the cello and spout accented hindi dialogues which she did with a fair level of ease.
The only thing that worked in the movie, was Anil Kapoor, who was surprisingly restrained and showed that he was the most seasoned actor of them all.
All in all, please stay away if you have better things to do, or a better use for your money, but if you must, then do ensure that you carry a couple of aspirin with you.