Yaman Movie Review
Release Date : February 24, 2017
Starring : Vijay Antony, Miya George
Director : Jeeva Shankar
Producers : A. Subaskaran, Fatima Vijay Antony
Music Director : Vijay Antony
“Yaman” begins thirty years back in a village where the idealistic Devarkonda Gandhi (Vijay Antony) is running for the MLA headquarters. Panduranga, his friend and political opponent, had him killed and elected in the same constituency while Gandhi’s widow committed suicide leaving behind her son. The film now moves to Hyderabad where the son grows up as Ashok Chakravarthy (Vijay Antony again).An urgent need for a huge sum of money for his grandfather forces him to go to jail on behalf of someone else.The story begins at this point when it is caught in the conflict between two rival gangs. At this point, Karunakar (Thiagarajan) intervenes as his mentor and helps Vijay overcome his problems and start his own business. Soon, Vijay and Panduranga, who is a powerful minister, find themselves in the same political circle.At the same time, love blossoms between movie star Ahalya (Mia George) and Ashok on a series of coincidences. The film is built at a point where Ashok with his political ambitions enters into direct confrontation with his mentor and also Panduranga. Will Will Ashok also succeed in avenging the death of his father? Will Karunakar tolerate Ashok’s growing ambitions? The rest of Yaman is on how Ashok fulfills his ambition.
Yaman was sold on the name of Vijay Antony who is there in almost all the scenes of the film. Despite his limited capacity, he plays his role in all sincerity. Its arc character transforming from a common man to a small-time politician is well presented. Thiagarajan as Karunakar does an excellent job as a manipulative mentor.The strength of the film is the script that shows how the three main characters try to manipulate themselves. What also works is that the romantic trail does not come out as a distraction in the main narrative.
Yaman hesitates at times when he does not engage viewers completely in the game that is played outdoors. In some scenes, the viewer may feel that the situations are not engaging and that things are going on in an inappropriate way. Mia George has a very short role that is limited to 2 songs and 5 scenes and it barely makes an impact.Although the film is supposed to be a Tamil-Telugu-bilingual, there is a total Tamil influence everywhere right from the mannerisms to the atmosphere to the actors. Although the director has taken care to camouflage the Tamil panels, etc., the Tamil feel is hard to miss.Technical aspects :Vijay Antony’s music does not fit because one of the three songs had a reminder value while the action sequences were again unimaginative. Coming to director Jeeva Shankar, he should have focused on keeping the scenes tighter by adding some more suspense elements.