Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hours 33 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Lyca Productions Cast: Vijay Antony Direction: Jeeva Shankar Screenplay: Jeeva Shankar Story: Jeeva Shankar Music: Vijay Antony Background score: Vijay Antony

Vijay Antony never fails to surprise us with his choice of scripts. He has given us the confidence that he will not make bad movies. Let's see if he has proved this theory yet again. He is teaming up with his debut film director, Jeeva Shankar. Their first collaboration Naan was a success. How have they fared this time around with this political thriller bankrolled by Lyca Productions?

Vijay Antony is one actor who knows his own traits and flaws and chooses roles accordingly. Here he plays a confident young man who enters politics to save himself from his enemies. How he masters the political betrayal game and tackles his opponent’s moves is what Yaman all about. It is a political drama which rides more on emotions. So there is too much of talking but not much action on the floor.

Miya George looks pleasantly ravishing who is just there for the dance rigmarole. Thyagarajan, after a hiatus, makes his presence felt. Other supporting actors have also chipped in reasonably well as far as acting is concerned.

Jeeva Shankar’s camera works in tandem with the dictates of the script and other technical team has delivered what is necessary for the script. Jeeva has purposefully dichotomized his script into two, the first half concentrating on establishing the leads characteristic aspects and the second half on the political milieu. There are clever sparks in the dialogues but the film is not replete with them.

Although the film cannot much be said to move at a Grandprix speed, it does move at a reasonable pace in the first half but the later part of the film moves in a dull manner despite the story’s scope to make it an engaging drama. Beyond a point, the hero becomes an indestructible force that even his opponents have no clue to handle him. From that point, you are just waiting for the film to get over.

The theme’s track lingers on while other numbers are volatile in nature. The duet song in the second half is a speed breaker to the screenplay which appears a forced inclusion not justifying its presence. And the premise as such is not something that is new to Tamil cinema. Totting it up, if you are looking for some clever dialogues and an average political game not minding the pace, Yaman could be a decent watch.

Verdict: A political drama that has its share of moments


2.5 5 ( 2.5 / 5.0 )









Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Feb 04,2017

Yen Mela Kai Vecha Gaali


Singer : Hemachandra Rap : Chetan, Kumar
Lyric : Annamalai


Yen Mela Kai Vecha Gaali starts off like a pop number and then the Vijay Antony Kuthu beats take over. There is a tinge of EDM mixed well with a classical touch like in the Karikaalan song from Vettaikaaran. Hemchandra has the throw required for the song and the rap portions are okayish. The blend of numerous genres makes it a nice listen.


Damelo Dumelo


Singer : Saranya  Vocal : Maria Roe Vincent & El Fe
Lyric : P. Vetriselvan


A song that seems like it could have Stomp and crumb dance steps. It has voices rendered in a western style. There is a repetitive tune and the English lyrics flow in. There is nothing to complain but it does not attract the listener with any unique instrument or rhythm. There is a continuous use of trance and EDM in most song and it follows the same pattern.


Kadavul Ezuthum


Singers : Yazin Nizar, Janaki Iyer
Lyric : Ko Sesha


Yazin Nizar and Janaki sound good in this melody which has a monotonous tempo and beat. The juggle between the melodious parts and the use of electronic music is good. Lyrics by Ko Sesha make Kadavul Ezhuthum a relaxing melody from Vijay Antony.


Sigaram Chella


Singers : Jagadeesh, Ranjit Unni, Velmurugan, Ayyappan
Lyric : Eknath


A fast paced number in the voices of Jagadeesh, Ranjit, Velumurugan and Ayyappan. It is that inspirational push giving song that is perfectly in sync with the situation of the movie. Lyrics by Eknath are commendable but the song could have had a slightly more unique structure to make it the song “on loop”. However, it does interest you with it’s attractive theme.


Neeye Thaniyaai


Singer : Jagadeesh
Lyric : Muthamilan


Neeye Thaniyaai is the finale song to finish with from Yaman. The Violin used in this song kindles emotions in the listener and this song is clearly about a struggle that preaches a little but has it’s moments with Jagadeesh’s voice suiting the genre. A nice finish to Yaman’s album.

Verdict: Yaman has the flavour, but doesn't attract the listener to add to the playlist instantly.
( 2.25 / 5.0 )

Yaman (aka) Yamen

Yaman (aka) Yamen is a Tamil movie. Vijay Antony are part of the cast of Yaman (aka) Yamen. The movie is directed by Jeeva Shankar. Music is by Vijay Antony. Production by Lyca Productions.