Yaakkai Movie Review

A well conceived theme with medicore writing.

Reviews 4-Mar-2017 10:21 AM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Kuzhandai Velappan
Production : Prim Pictures
Starring : Krishna, Swathi Reddy, Prakash Raj, Aathma Patrick
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : Sathya Ponmar
Editing : V. J. Sabu Joseph

Filmmaker Kulandai Velappan made his debut directorial with the film ‘Aanmai Thavarel’ and after long hiatus comes back with the film ‘Yaakkai’, which is a medical, thriller starring Krishna, Swathi, Guru Somasundaram and Prakash Raj in lead roles.


Kreshna falls in love at first sight with Swathi after meeting her in the college. As the relationship blossoms to more depth, Kreshna is succumbed to an unbearable fate of losing his girlfriend in accident, right in front of his eyes. Off the late, he gets to know that what happened was not an accident, but a premeditated murder. It’s about his revenge seeking journey for Kreshna as he unravels the most gruesome mystery involved in the field of medical science.


Getting on with the positive aspects, it’s really good to see filmmaker like Kulandai Velappan going for a different attempt like medical thrillers. In fact, the basic premise of the story that revolves around the rare blood group of –H positive is something intriguing and grabs our attention into the concept. The starting plot point from the death of Radharavi, who plays the father of Guru Somasundaram to the accident of Swathi, has been very well narrated. Perhaps, what general audience could find as a negative trait could be lack of commercial elements... On the other end, the narration after certain point of time lacks momentum and it should have been crafted with few more raciness. Cinematography by Sathya is laudable and it adds upon our appreciations. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score and songs are colossally neat. But editing by Sabu Joseph doesn’t get to a neater degree


Kreshna establishes his best efforts in distinguished avatars as a fun loving college student and in contrast as a revenge seeking man. The role essayed by Swathi is commendable, though her culmination turns out to be an unexpected shock to the audiences. Guru Somasundaram has attempted a different avatar in negative shade, but in few places he looks odd for the role, though he gives his best. Prakash Raj’s role could have been stretched out better and yes, he takes a cakewalk as usual with his portions. Others in the cast include Radharavi, Singam Puli and MS Bhaskar have done their episodes well.

What works?

1. Basic genre of medical crime thriller
2. Star-cast and performances
3. Music and Cinematography

What doesn’t work?

1. Lack of raciness and momentum in screenplay
2. Lack of commercial aspects.

Blending the emotional aspects of love and revenge into the genre of medical crime thriller deserves special mention and it has possibilities to gain audiences’ attention.

Verdict : A well conceived theme with medicore writing.

Rating : 4/10

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