“yaman” is a bilingual tamil/telugu film starring vijay antony who won over telugu audiences with his 2016 smash hit bichagadu. while the film grossed over 20 million rupees, his next release “betaludu” didn’t work well. Now, the musical director turned hero is back with his third Telugu release, which is being promoted as a political revenge drama. So let’s see what’s in store for the audience.
Story: “Yaman” begins thirty years ago in a town where the idealistic Devarkonda Gandhi (Vijay Antony) is running for the post of MLA. panduranga, his friend & A political opponent, he gets himself killed and elected from the same constituency, while Gandhi’s widow commits suicide, leaving her baby behind. The film then cuts to the present in Hyderabad, where the son grows up as Ashok Chakravarthy (Vijay Antony again).
The 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 he is caught up in the conflict between two rival gangs. At this point, Karunakar (Thiagarajan) steps in as his mentor and helps Vijay overcome his problems and start his own business. pretty soon vijay and panduranga who is a powerful minister end up in the same political circle.
In parallel, love blossoms between movie star Ahalya (Mia George) and Ashok through a series of coincidences. The film builds to a point where Ashok, with his political ambitions, comes into direct confrontation with his mentor and also with Panduranga. Will Ashok also manage to avenge the death of his father? Will Karunakar tolerate Ashok’s growing ambitions? the rest of yaman is about how ashok fulfills his ambition.
yaman has been sold under the name of vijay antony, which is present in almost every scene of the film. despite his limited acting skills, he plays the role of him with all sincerity. the character arc of him transforming from a common man to a small-time politician stands out well. 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 each other. what also works is that the romance track doesn’t appear as a distraction in the main narrative.
yaman falters at times when he doesn’t fully engage the viewers in the game at hand. in some of the scenes, the viewer may feel that the situations are unattractive and that things are arranged inconveniently. mia george has a very short role that is limited to 2 songs and 5 scenes and barely makes an impact.
Although the film is supposedly bilingual Tamil-Telugu, there is full Tamil influence throughout, from the mannerisms to the atmosphere to the actors. Although the director has taken care to camouflage the Tamil signs etc, the Tamil feel is hard to miss.
Vijay Antony’s music is not recorded as none of the three songs had any memory value, while the action sequences again lacked imagination. Coming to director Jeeva Shankar, he should have concentrated on keeping the scenes tighter by adding a few more suspenseful elements.
Overall, yaman is an interesting concept of a political game played between different characters. It keeps the viewer’s interest around how Vijay Antony handles the critical situations around him and taps into mind games. If you ignore the movie’s slow pace, Yaman deserves a decent one-shot.
123telugu.com rating: 3/5
reviewed by 123telugu team
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