One of the most awaited films in recent times is finally out. Not surprisingly, films which release beyond a certain period of time after the completion of their shooting, fail to set the box-office on fire despite their content and music.
‘Yogi’ has neither a novel storyline nor freshness in the portrayal by its lead actors; in fact this is the film where director Ameer debuts as the hero opposite a subdued Madhumita (where is she nowadays?). The film is all about Yogi (Ameer) – the law-breaker, who accidentally comes across a toddler during one of his ‘raids’. The moment he sees the child, the soft part of his heart starts beating for it and now you know what the story is all about: its’ about how Yogi manages to save the child and restores it to its parents.
The only saving grace in this otherwise predictable film is that the director has mercifully stayed away from the temptation of a routine song-and-dance numbers and has made a decent enough attempt to present his film in a practical manner. The ‘snake’ sequence, featuring Yogi and the snake(s), is quite fascinating indeed!
As pointed out earlier, the screenplay is good but not great, allowing viewers the liberty to pre-impt the successive sequences in their minds. Climax is again the age-old story of the hero taking on the baddies single-handedly and coming out triumphant. Another irritating factor is though the Police are seemingly aware of Yogi and his hideouts, for no reason, they are unable to trace him!
Ameer, in the role of a gooda, is just about perfect. His in-born rough looks only add credibility to the character he portrays in the film. He being a director himself, displays good body language and has done his own stunts which are passable. However, director Ameer has failed to bring out the actor Ameer in himself to the fore: he is found wanting in many emotional sequences. The on-again, off-again Madhumita, makes a comeback of sorts in this film and provides the perfect foil to Ameer’s brooding looks and menacing stare.
Vincent Asokan’s characterization could have been better conceived, though the actor has put in a good enough performance. Surprisingly, his emotional sequences are upto the mark.
Ameer and his supporting cast seem to have specialized in mouthing the ‘Chennai’ accent and are very good at it. ‘Ganja’ Karuppu and Ponvannan try to entertain the viewers with their brand of slapstwith little success.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score is good but none of the songs stay in the memory for long.
Though ‘Yogi’ is impressionable, it doesn’t qualify to be called a ‘great film’!