Yaan Review

Bright colours, dim screenplay

Reviews 2-Oct-2014 2:42 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Production : RS Infotainment
Direction : Ravi K Chandran
Cast : Jiiva, Thulasi Nair, Karunakaran
Cinematography : Manush Nandan
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Editing : A Sreekar Prasad

There’s a most dangerous shootout happening on the world’s most dreaded mafia lord Malik and is so playfully carried out (an encounter sans clearing off the public is a fun or imperfection?). Abruptly, the next sequence we have Chandru (Jiiva), the protagonist rushing towards his friends with joyful mood of sharing a wonderful experience of falling in love at first sight with Shrila (Tulasi Nair). It’s a slow motion capture of the same incident of shootout splendidly crafted on screens. That’s the first point of applause you would never mind giving off for the earnest efforts. So what for the rest of this film that running up 155 minutes?

Jiiva, an orphan well pampered by his grandmother falls in love with Tulasi Nair and when her father rejects his proposal for his devil-may-care attitude, he leaves back his acquaintances in Mumbai and flies for Basilistan for a new job with the help of job agent (Bose Venkat). On reaching this land of desert, he is caught red-handed for the crime he didn’t commit – Narcotic Smuggling and is thrown into prison with a death penalty of beheading. What unfolds next is whether Jiiva would make free from the clutches of law for the crime he didn’t commit or succumb to the fate.

Cinematographer Ravi K Chandran makes his debut directorial with this film and his association with maverick filmmakers across the sub-continents and superstars had kept us hooked upon this film. But the script really straggles vaguely with no definitions. There’s a mafia shot dead in the beginning of film and suddenly it’s about the stereotypical methodology of a guy of falling in love with a girl. Nearly after a hour as the film touches intermission, the conflict begins and if we prepare ourselves that everything is gonna be fine in second hour. Yet again, it’s so much sluggish with proper narration. A major portion of second half is lifted from critically acclaimed international film ‘Midnight Express’. Everything becomes so much clichéd and predictable. If you’re looking out for positives, it’s the visually brilliant treat by cinematographer Manush Nandan. You get to know his proficiency right on the first frame that captures aerial view of Mumbai ornamented with artificial lights in night. Karunakaran appears for the last 30 minutes of this film, but he has performed something more than what the lead actors have done. Jiiva sleepwalks through the same sort of roles and he has to choose some unique roles and scripts. Tulasii has failed to deliver the performance of what is required.

What works
1. Cinematography by Manush Nandan
2. Editing
3. Karunakaran

What doesn’t work
1. Confusing plot
2. Lacks thrill and action elements
3. Vague screenplay
4. Amateurish climax
5. Too many songs at unwanted places

Being one of the continent’s best cinematographers, Ravi K Chandran has embellished the visuals with more colours and techniques, but fails to prove his prowess in his new criteria of filmmaking.

Verdict: Bright colours, dim screenplay

Rating: 3/10

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