Yuvvraaj proves that Subhash Ghai is still stuck in the old school of film making. He's employed several cliches. The scheming mama, his two sons who never change their clothes till the climax(of course never say a single dialogue too), a sexy bahu who's been picked up straight from the Ekta Kapoor stable of vamps, sets which sometimes resemble those of Saawariya and many more. There's not a single dialogue that remains with you after you leave the theatre, save for the not so innovative "Kaagaz ke tukdon se nahin dil ke rishton se ghar banta hai" from an autistic Anil Kapoor, who sometimes seems really mentally challenged but sometimes talks like a really normal guy. The Indian brother scene and the Hindi subtitles looked like last ditch efforts to give the movie an Indian feel, a move clearly targeted to please the moviegoers in the interiors of the heartland.
Anil Kapoor tried to pump in some energy in the slow-death goings on, though he reminded one of his similar effort in EESHWAR, but as usual remained in character throughout which is commendable.
Salman sleepwalks through his role, sometimes looking really jetlagged, what with his hair-scare during the pillow fight with Kats. Sometimes looking bloated and beefy, especially in the Mast MAstam song and struggles to dance too. Or was it that the background dancers were so fast that we found Salman to be slow. Yeah, but he salvages his role with some sparks towards the end. But oh my my tell me why Salman refuses to be himself in all his movies. Hasn't he learnt anything about characterisation. Will someone please explain Salman using Bambaiya words like Shaana, chumma-chaati even though he's lived all his life in London and Europe.
It's always good to see Katrina Kaif speaking in her original voice and not being dubbed by someone else. But what happened to her make up and her hair. She's never looked so bad in her films. Did Subhash Ghai put in all his money on the sets entirely? What a pity!!
A.R. REhman's lilting and haunting music does bring some respect to the film. But somehow I feel Ghai is more comfortable picturising the simpler lyrics by Anand Bakshi Saab than the difficult to comprehend but always a treat to listen to poetry-heavy lyrics by the great GUlzaar Saab. Otherwise how could you explain the picturisation of the AAja main hawaaon pe.. song with Salman actually flying hawaon mein using not so great special effects.
Finally, It's all the way the weakness and lack of tightness of the script that does the movie in. A big rap on the knuckles of Mr. Ghai for slowing down and thereby killing the interest in the first half, remember, he's also the film's Editor. Not a worthy scene, not a worthy dialogue. All I take with me after watching the movie is Rehman's soul-stirring music , which has anyways made it's permanent place on my mobile's music player.