Yodha Movie Review | Filmfare.com



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Yodha, an action-packed thriller set against the tense backdrop of a hijacking, promises adrenaline-pumping sequences within the confines of an aircraft. Drawing parallels to classic action films like Passenger 57 and Olympus Has Fallen, it aims to deliver a similar pulse-pounding experience.

Arun Katyal (Sidharth Malhotra) a soldier from the Special Yodha Task Force, faces suspension after a mission failure. The mystery deepens when he’s unexpectedly found on a hijacked flight. The big question arises: is he a traitor or a patriot? This mystery fuels the suspense of the plot. Directed by Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha, who are making their debut with Yodha, the film is definitely high on action, though lags a bit in the writing department. Sidharth Malhotra dons the army uniform once again after his commendable portrayal in Shershaah (2021). While he carries the uniform with aplomb, the film fails to match the emotional depth and engagement of the Vikram Batra biopic. Nonetheless, Sidharth Malhotra’s presence adds a layer of credibility to the narrative. Sidharth is made out to be a super soldier who doesn’t hesitate to put his life on fire for the service to his country. His entry scene, the fight before the interval, as well as the climax, are all larger-than-life sequences and scream out his credentials as a bonafide action hero.

The real highlight of Yodha lies in its action set pieces, particularly those set inside the plane. These sequences are a visual treat, showcasing well-choreographed stunts that keep the audience on the edge of their seats. However, amidst the excitement, the screenplay falters, often feeling incoherent and juvenile in its execution.

Raashii Khanna shines in her role as a concerned wife and hostage negotiator, bringing depth to her character amidst the chaos. Her portrayal adds a layer of realism to the film’s premise. Additionally, Disha Patani surprises with her action prowess, delivering memorable moments, including action-packed sequences in a saree. However, Yodha is Sidharth Malhotra’s vehicle all the way. He has the required physique to look like a commando and does his best to infuse patriotism in his portrayal. He and Raashii share a good chemistry together, though their romance seems hurriedly put together.

One commendable aspect of Yodha is its non-jingoistic approach. The film depicts leaders and security forces from India and Pakistan battling a difficult situation together, emphasising cooperation over conflict. While patriotism is evident, it’s portrayed in a balanced manner, avoiding unnecessary chest thumping.

Watch the film for its slick fight scenes. The money shot is the one involving Sidharth Malhotra fighting the bad guys as the aeroplane gets inverted midair, resulting in chaos all around. Yodha offers enough thrills to keep action aficionados entertained. With its blend of intense action, dramatic tension, and fine performances, it makes for decent masala fare, albeit with some flaws along the way.

Trailer : Yodha

Archika Khurana, March 15, 2024, 2:30 PM IST

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Yodha story: Special task soldier Arun Katyal (Sidharth Malhotra) is suspended after he fails an important mission. In a shocking twist, he is seen on board a hijacked flight under mysterious circumstances. Is he a traitor or a patriot? That is where the suspense lies.

Yodha review: Debutant directors Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha’s film offers an adrenaline-fueled ride through the skies. The setup is slow and bumpy, but once the plane is hijacked, the tension mounts quickly. Despite a predictable storyline, the movie has a fair amount of exciting moments and twists and turns to keep you engaged. And Sidharth Malhotra expertly navigates the highs and lows of a determined soldier caught in the crossfires of duty and suspicion.
The story unfolds with Arun Katyal, a proud son determined to carry on the legacy of his father’s (Ronit Roy) special task force, Yodha. However, after failing at a critical mission, he is on board a hijacked flight under mysterious circumstances. All evidence points to him being on a revenge mission against the system that has taken everything from him. Is Arun a ‘desh ka dushman,’ or the patriot like his father was? It all unravels in an action-packed thriller at 15,000 feet above the ground.

Sagar Ambre’s screenplay keeps viewers engrossed, drawing them into the tense atmosphere of the aircraft, where the majority of the action unfolds. While the mid-air stunts are thrilling, the film suffers from predictability and clichéd plot twists, lacking depth in exploring themes of courage and patriotism.

However, the film is well-edited, so it stays the course and never feels stretched. There is also subtle humour peppered through the narrative. There are some heavy-duty dialogues like “Main rahu na rahu, desh rahega,” but the lighter moments in the screenplay balance that out.

The music is average, barring Ammy Virk and B Praak’s reprised version ‘Qismat Badal Di.’ The background score blends well with the genre.

After the reel-life portrayal of the war hero Vikram Batra in Shershaah, Sidharth returns as commando Arun Katyal in Yodha, showcasing his competence as an action hero. The movie majorly rests on his shoulders. Raashii Khanna pulls off the part of playing Arun’s love interest with ease. Disha Patani plays a pivotal role as an air hostess caught amid the hostage drama. Tanuj Virwani, another commando of the special task force, makes his presence felt in his limited role. Sunny Hinduja pulls off his role with confidence.

All said, Yodha’s action is thrilling, but it does not really take your imagination to the flight.


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