Jiiva-Thulaso Nair's "Yaan" has received average reviews from the critics.
Directed by cinematographer-turned-director Ravi K Chandran, "Yaan" is an action thriller with Jiiva and Thulasi in lead roles. The film also has Nassar, Thambi Ramaiah, Karunakaran, Nawab Shah and Jayaprakash among others. "Yaan" music is composed by Harris Jayaraj, while the film is produced by RS Infotainment.
Plot: Chandru (Jiiva) falls in love with Srila (Thulasi Nair) and tries to woo her. She avoids him in the beginning but later falls for him.
Chandru is an MBA graduate and does not have any job. Circumstances force him to leave for a job in Basilistan. Upon reaching there, Chandru gets arrested for drug trafficking and he gets sentenced to beheading in public. Will Chandru escape death sentence and return home? It forms the crux of the story.
The first half of "Yaan" is dedicated for the romance between the lead pair and the interval introduces a twist in the film. The second half has some engaging sequences but has loads of action scenes, stated the critics.
They also mentioned that the film is let down with weak writing. Jiiva's performance and Manush Nandan's cinematography, however, have won accolades for them.
Check below the review roundup of "Yaan"
"Yaan has solid milieu, at least on paper. However, it is let down by a very weak narration. The movie gets to the scheme of things only by the interval, with songs and preludes for the songs in the first half. And post interval, it takes us through the daring escapades of the lead pair," according to Behindwoods Review Board.
"Having been a cinematographer, Ravi K Chandran has made sure that the film is visually aesthetic and looks grandeur on screen. While that is appreciable, it would have been great if he had also worked towards making an exciting screenplay," said Sai Shyam G of iflickz.
Performances: "Brimming with energy, Jiiva is the live wire in movie. Though the narration fails to excite you, this guy is your consolation prize for buying a ticket. It might be too early for Thulasi Nair to be the mainstream Kollywood heroine, but she does fit the bill to extent. Moreover, this is a commercial film and we don't need a heroine who actually knows to act. Thulasi with a handful of expressions is adequate, you might think," said Siddarth Srinivas of Cinemalead.
"Nawab Shah as the villain is of no use, and turns out to be nothing more than a Bollywood puppet brought in to make the cast sheet look good. The supporting cast is neat, but you did expect better from veterans like JP and Nassar," he stated.
"Camera and visuals, performance and music - these three aspects are in astounding perfection in the movie. Art direction is also equally in justice of the technical crew. Srikar Prasad's editing stands out in all the chase sequences, which are dime a dozen in the thriller," according to Indiaglitz.
Verdict: Fails to Appeal