Yatchan Bullet-Point Review
By Mani Prabhu
- With all the talk about novelists as co-writers strengthening a film’s character arcs and conflicts, Vishnuvardhan’s Yatchan, based on the novel of the same name by Subha, goes to prove how an engaging premise on paper doesn’t always translate into an equally engaging movie experience.
- Stories about cases of mistaken identities being as old as cinema itself, Vishnuvardhan neither tweaks his film convincingly nor infuses enough hilarity in it to let us overlook the predictable plot. The result is an inconsistent film, which has its moments of irreverent fun, but fails to sustain our interests on the whole.
- So, where exactly does it go wrong? Is it about the shoddy screenplay? Is it about some uninspiring performances? Is it about the lack of spark in the general scheme of things? Is it about the conscious decision to keep things light and breezy? Probably, a combination of these!
- The film takes quite some time to establish the lead characters, and while a couple of these episodes have a quirky zing, most others come across as dull and outdated.
- The film does manage to entertain in bits and pieces, especially by throwing off unexpected humor in tense circumstances, but only when it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The moment, the director tries to narrate en earnest conflict, which he does way too often, things go haywire.
- If you are willing to go into some suspension of disbelief, the interval sequence is an absolute riot. If only the film had been strewn with more of such flippant mood pieces… if only!
- The less said about Arya and his character, the better. Kreshna starts off promisingly, but goes over the top with his histrionics easily. While Deepa Sannidhi tries hard to emote, it’s only Swati, who impresses with her vivaciousness.
- What’s with acclaimed actor Adil Hussain made to lip sync Tamil! Is it a part of the eccentric jokes?
- Again, what’s it with RJ. Balaji mouthing stale one-liners in the name of comedy! It works a couple of times, but soon becomes a dreary affair.
- Yuvan Shankar Raja is back in business with a peppy background score. Okay, at least, he has managed to grab our attention this time.
- With a little more imagination and inventiveness, Yatchan could have been that light-hearted, quirky and indulgent fun entertainer; Tamil cinema had been missing for quite some time now. But for now, it comes across as mediocre and half baked.