After a series of flop movies and the breezy rom-com ENDRENDRUM PUNNAGAI which was a decent hit in the box office, Jiiva is back with his next film ‘YAAN’. Ace cinematographer Ravi K Chandran who is known for his notable work in cinematography in films like FANAA, AAYUTHA EZHUTHU, KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL, GHAJINI, BOYS, SAAWARIYAA has made his debut as a filmmaker through YAAN. Cinematographers turning as Directors is not new to Tamil cinema. We have seen many popular cinematographers like K.V.Anand, P.C.Sree Raam, Santhosh Sivan, Velraj proving themselves as good film-makers; also, we have seen some cinematographers like K.V.Guhan and Ravi Varman failing as a film director. So, in which list does Ravi K Chandran join as a debut film-maker? Read on, to know!
Chandru (Jiiva) is a ‘happy-go-lucky’ natured unemployed MBA graduate; he falls in love with Srila (Thulasi Nair) in first sight. When Srila loves him back, her father (Nasser) does not like it. Srila’s father calls Chandru to his home and insults him for his playful attitude and jobless situation. Chandru starts looking for a job immediately so seriously, to prove himself; since he does not find any job in his city, Chandru leaves to Balikistan. Once he lands in Balikistan, he is being arrested for a crime that he does not do. How does Chandru manages to prove his innocence forms the crux of the story.
Director Ravi K Chandran has tried to present a very old story as an interesting action thriller, but has failed to a great extent. YAAN leaves you yawn in most parts, with a poor writing and a disastrous execution from the first time director #Ravi_K_Chandran. The film runs for more than 2:30 hours, but does not have an engaging content for at least 30 minutes; Yaan has been too dry in content. The screenplay is much faltering, and makes us doubt if the film would have been a HIT even it was released 10 to 15 years ago; the film has such a bunch of uninteresting scenes. There are too many outdated scenes like where the public is asked for support through television channels and social sites. Even when the hero is facing a deadly problem, the audience are not able to feel any tension where there is no connectivity at all! There are a ‘n’ number of unanswered questions regarding the logic, which you will not be able to count too.
The film starts with a shoot-out which ends in the death of an international terrorist, but after that we do not see a single scene that moves the film towards its plot until the interval. The second half is even more sluggish, which will test your patience to a great extent. Jiiva has done a convincing job in the role of Chandru. He looks stunningly cool and handsome, thanks to the extra-ordinary costume desigining all through the film for all the artists. Thulasi Nair delivers an average performance and she needs to improve a lot more in her expressions; even, the lip sync was not good in many scenes. Veteran actors like Nazar, Jaya Prakash has also been much under-utilized in very small roles.
Songs in Harris’s music are average and are also misplaced completely which acts as speed breakers. The only relief is the pleasing cinematography, Harris’ thumping Background score in the action scenes and the choice of locations, costumes and the sets which has been good. The romance portions which occupies most of the first half has been ‘run-of-the-mill’ type; Jiiva’s character’s playful act is enjoyable in few scenes and is annoying in most scenes. The build-up in Thulasi’s intro scene or Jiiva’s long run for getting her visiting card is not so interesting; also, the CG work in these scenes and many scenes in second half was poor. The stunts were no way realistic and the extensively used slow motion shots in the stunts could have been reduced a lot. If escaping from that jail illegally in such a country is the hreo’s aim and if that is all he wanted to, then what for did he wait till the climax scene? Over a point of time in the second half, the audience go puzzled what the director is trying to say or what entertainment he has tried offering!
VERDICT: One of the most boring commercial films of the year!
P.S: If you are one who have been irritated by films like #Maan_Karate, #Jilla, #Anjaan and #Irumbu_Kuthirai this year, YAAN will add to it.
Review by: Rahman
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