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Movie: Yaman
Cast: Vijay Antony, Miya George, Thiagarajan, Arul Jothy, Sangili Murugan, Charle and others
Music: Vijay Antony
Editing: Veera Senthil Raj
Producer: Miryala Ravinder Reddy
Writer, Cinematographer, and Director: Jeeva Shankar
Banner: Lyca Productions
Release Date: February 24, 2017

After 'Bichagadu', Vijay Antony became a household name in Telugu. However, with his immediate psychological thriller film 'Bethaludu', he disappointed. Now, the music director turned hero teamed up with director Jeeva Shankar who had launched him in 2012 and picked a political thriller 'Yaman'.

Man of principles Devarakonda Gandhi (Vijay Antony) was assassinated by his friend & political opponent Pandu and gets elected from the same constituency while Gandhi’s widow commits suicide leaving behind their baby son Ashok Chakravarthy (Vijay Antony). Ashok is raised by his grandfather (Sangili Murugan) in Hyderabad... far from the village.

Ashok grows up into a youth. An urgent need for a huge sum of money required for his grandfather forces him to go to jail on behalf of someone else. This pushes himself into a spot as he stuck between two groups - Samba, Narasimha. With the backing of Opposition leader and ex-MLA Karunakar (Thiagarajan), Ashok manages to come out of it. For this help, Karunakar seeks a favour from Ashok and this lands him into a big mess after he meets minister Pandu. In parallel, love blossoms between the movie star Ahalya (Mia George) and marries her. What’s the game of political wits between Ashoka Chakravarthy and Karunakar, Pandu, who won and who lost their lives is the rest of gripping narration.

Vijay Antony once again maintained his brand of surprising script selection and delivers impressive performance. He runs the whole show in this political thriller movie loaded with solid drama. In contrast to his last couple of films, he acted more with a sustained intensity in eyes.But he needs to improve his dances a lot. Mia George is beautiful, authentic and does a neat job in her limited role. Thiagarajan too is okay. But he fails as a villain. Arul Jothy’s character etching is superb and leaves a long lasting impact. All others did justice to their roles.

Director Jeeva Shankar, who himself is a writer and cinematographer, offers good visuals supported with the strong writing. The film has enough twists and turns that are unpredictable and thus makes the film engaging. Background Music works in favour of the film. Songs are passable as nothing great about them. Though the film is supposedly a Tamil-Telugu bilingual, there is a total Tamil influence everywhere right from the mannerisms to the atmosphere, to the actors. Though the director has taken care to camouflage the Tamil signboards etc., the Tamil feel is hard to miss.

On the whole, Yaman is an interesting political thriller. Despite a strong content and formidable artistic excellence, extremely time eating and slow unfurling of story test the audience patience. If you ignore the slow pace of the film, Yaman is good to watch.
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