Yaanai Movie Review

Arun Vijay's smashing performance makes Yaanai a solid entertainer to watch in theatres! Here goes our Yaanai Movie Review.

Yaanai Movie Review

A satisfying commercial entertainer with Arun Vijay’s terrific performance!

Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music

Arun Vijay’s Yaanai comes off as a commercial entertainer in the true styling of director Hari, who pulls up his socks and plays to his strengths right from the beginning of the film. The film is based on pure familial emotions and not much other than that, but that is more than enough to land at an emotional entertainer that also packs in a punch in terms of its raging action sequences.

Yaanai is based in the coastal areas of Rameshwaram and Dhanushkodi, and focuses on a family where Arun Vijay plays the last brother born to Radhika, the second wife of Rajesh. The family is knit together by their businesses, and their long list of commitments, but have a scare in the form of the opposite gang led by Ram, and have scares due to his presence coming back from jail. Hari balances his storyline with elements that keep us interested and balances it with emotional scenes, mass moments and action sequences in addition to the commercial elements all round. The film has a lot going for it in its first half except for some comic scenes, and keeps us pinned due to the emotional weight that it carries. In the second half, the film holds on pretty well and sticks to the basics, ending on a decent note.

Arun Vijay does a phenomenal job in the lead role, showcasing a lot of range that kicks in big amounts of energy and rage into his work. The film benefits big time from his performance that is one of his career bests for sure.

Arun Vijay gets splendid support from the rest of the cast – Priya Bhavani Shankar does a neat job, Samuthirakani is fine, Radikaa is at her angry best, and Ammu Abhirami gets a strong part to play which is a great move again. The film’s cast work as very good additions and end up as a big plus for the film.

Gopinath’s camerawork is not great but he holds on well in the single-shot sequences. GV Prakash’s songs are fine fits with Yaelamma Yele leading the pack, and his BGM has been done well though it has some shades of his earlier films.

On the whole, Yaanai is a proper commercial entertainer from director Hari who truly announces his comeback after few duds. The film does have some interesting elements in it and the emotions are sure to click well with the audiences.  Yaanai Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas

Yaanai Movie Review Rating: 3.25/5

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