through his directorial debut ‘yeidhavan’, sakthi rajasekaran has tried to expose a corrupt network affecting medical education in tamil nadu, in the form of an action thriller with some twists and lots of characters. Let’s see how the film has been successful as an entertainer and illuminator on the subject it deals with.
krishna (kalaiyarasan) is a middle-class young man who runs a company that sells machines to detect counterfeit bills. his younger sister (sowmiya) aspires to be a doctor. she fails to get a merit seat despite getting good grades on board exams.
Unable to let go of his sister’s dream, Krishna collects money beyond his ability and pays Rs.50 lakhs as capitation fee through an agent and gets a seat at a private medical college. he only later learns that the medical council of india canceled his approval for medical school. The future of the freshmen, including Krishna’s sister, who paid a lot of money to acquire a seat at that university, becomes a big question mark.
While trying to recover the poll fee, his sister dies under mysterious circumstances. Krishna learns that gowtham (gowtham), who runs the medical college, is behind his sister’s death and also wants to spoil the future of the students who have started protesting to save his education. p>
krishna decides that not only is it enough to avenge his sister’s death, but he also needs to safeguard the medical education and future of the other students at that university. he knows well that he has to use his brains instead of his brawn to do that against gowtham, the selfish and evil son of an influential businessman who also runs a network of agents and goondas.
Corruption and bribery in private state medical institutions is no secret. through the director of ‘yeidhavan’, sakthi rajasekaran has shown the ways and means of how money plays its role in tamil nadu medical education, especially in private universities. the director’s hard work and research to bring it to light in detail is commendable.
there is a subplot involving dharman (krishna), a hit man, cleverly intertwined with the main plot. The hero uses it to take on Gowtham and the way he does it makes the movie predominantly engaging with its fair share of twists and surprise elements. There’s also a reveal about a surprise kill in the pre-interval block that goes a long way to keeping the momentum going throughout the second half. the heroine (satna titus) is not just the love interest of the hero. she is a police officer and with limited screen time she plays a vital role in the script. the dialogues, especially those delivered by kalaiyarasan, are powerful and enhance the impact of the film.
these are the elements that make ‘yeidhavan’ stand out as an action thriller. but one couldn’t help feeling that given its tropical plot and ingenious ideas in the construction of the script, the film could have been more than attractive. It could have been more bawdy and even riveting, if the director had avoided some clichéd elements, like songs that religiously follow the format of a commercial movie (a duet and an item number) that aren’t easy on the ears either.
The climax is somewhat disappointing as Krishna, until then an ordinary man, suddenly becomes a powerful action hero. introducing many characters makes it difficult to follow proceedings.
The leading role in this film offers no challenge to Kaliayrasan and simply does justice by satisfying his requirements. the same goes for satna titus.
newcomer gowtham brings the rich man attitude with his body language and is every bit as menacing as the villain. Krishna as Dharman gives a tidy performance, while Aadukalam Naren as Karna, Gowtham’s man Friday makes his presence felt. Vela Ramamoorthy appears in only a few scenes in the first half and we have a feeling the talented performer could have been used more.
newcomer paartav baargo does a sub-par job with his re-recording and the songs aren’t catchy either.
premkumar has done a fantastic job with the camera. Editor I.J. Allen has done his part well in presenting this story with multiple characters without confusing the audience.
Verdict: ‘Yeidhavan’ is a gripping action thriller that also sheds light on a corrupt network that is seriously affecting the quality of medical education in Tamil Nadu.