Friday 27 November 2009
Ameer, Devaraj, Madhumita, Vincent Asokan
Ameer, who debuts in the film as an action hero with six pack abs, fights an army of well armed men single handedly (something which he used to make fun of other Tamil heroes), looks menacing and for a first timer has done a decent job.
Of course, we would prefer Ameer the director any day, as Yogi is nowhere in the league of his previous oeuvres like Paruthiveeran, Ram, Mounam Pesiyadhe. Still there is something different about Shiva?s film as it offers a fresh off-kilter cinematic experience.
The story is set in a slum in Chennai near Tiruvanmayur. The story is about the life and hard times of a murderer Yogi (Ameer) and his band of three men. Yogi is a silent killer with no human emotions and lives on the edge making a living out of robbery and murder. He is a basically a loner who has dark secret to hide and even attacks his friends if they start digging about his past.
One day during a robbing spree, when he is chased by the cops as a quick getaway he gets into a car parked by a woman in front of a fruit shop. As he races away in the woman?s car, he hears the cry of a child and finds a three month old baby in the back seat of the car! Later he abandons the car and as he moves away hears the scream of the baby. The man with no emotions is moved and suddenly shoves the baby into a large shopping bag and goes home. He hides the baby from the rest of the gang and tries to take care of the infant alone, but soon realizes the futility of it.
Yogi soon picks at gunpoint Sulochana (Madhumita) a young mother who has been deserted by her husband to breastfeed ?his? baby! Meanwhile the child?s real mother Caroline (Swati) a heiress to a fortune and her scheming husband Linden (Vincent Asokan) who married her knowing very well that the baby is not his, start a frantic search led by a cop (Ponvannan) for the baby.
At the same time Yogi gets redeemed and vows to turn into a new man after experiencing joys of being a foster father! In a flashback we are told he had a troubled childhood, an unhappy past where he was brutalized by his heartless and cruel father (terrific cameo by journalist Devaraj) who was responsible for making him a brute. The cops close in on Yogi as he decides to give the child back to its parents, leading to a climax twist.
Some scenes in the film are disturbing like when Yogi feeds the baby with condensed milk to stop the crying and later when he returns he finds that ants are all over the infant! Then the pet cobra and the way it is killed is also unsettling. The Yuvan- Ameer team had always dished out great music in the past, but this time its not worked that well, with the mass number Sirmevum Koovatthulae..,the pick of the lot.
Camera of RB Gurudev has to be appreciated, and his choice colour gives the grim look to the film. Madhumita in a deglamorised role is perfect, while other newcomers in supporting roles including the baby give the film the raw edge. The film sags in the second half with a heavy duty melodrama and long drawn out climax, which is predictable as the director tries to give heroism to the central character.
There are too many loopholes in the script. How come the cry of the baby was not heard by others in the slum? The director fails to piece together the morally complex tale about how a young boy is made into a killer due to the bestiality of his father .At best Yogi remains a turgid chronicle of how the inherent goodness in an individual will triumph in the end, though it is told in a depressing way.