Madras-born director Mani Ratnam's sprawling story of modern Indian youth (yuva
in Hindi) follows the intertwined destinies of three young men from dramatically different backgrounds. The movie opens as ambitious thug Lallan (Abhishek Bachchan), student activist Michael (Ajay Devgan) and yuppie Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) converge on Calcutta's traffic-clogged Howrah Bridge: Lallan shoots Michael, whose skidding motorbike nearly hits Arjun. Three lengthy flashbacks trace the circumstances that brought them to this dramatic juncture. Lallan, a product of the Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) slums, is bailed out of prison by his older brother, Gopal (Sonu Sood). Gopal provi...