Yodha Movie Review: Sidharth Malhotra’s flies high in this predictable action thriller

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: The setup of the film is slow and bumpy but once the plane is hijacked the tension mounts quickly. Debutant directors Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha’s film offers an adrenaline-fueled ride through the skies, despite a predictable storyline. The film 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 suttle 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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