Starring : Shiva, Santhanam, Sandhya and Dhansika
Direction : I. Rajasekaran
Music : Vijay Ebenezer
Production : MS Murugaraj
Actor Shiva can never get tired of doing comedy entertainers. Within two months of his last film’s release, his new film ‘Ya Ya’ has hit the screens today. Santhanam plays the second lead in the film and his name in the title card along with Shiva’s name proves that a lot of filmmakers rely on Santhanam to make their film click with the audience. The movie is directed by newcomer Rajasekaran, who was a former assistant of Director Rajesh. Dhansika and Sandhya play the leading ladies.
Dhoni aka Ramarajan (Shiva) does not have any aim in his life and he is contended with getting money from friends and relatives. Sehwag aka Rajkiran (Santhanam) is introduced to Dhoni under strange circumstances. Although they are at loggerheads with each other initially, they soon turn out to be good friends. Meanwhile, Dhoni falls in love with Seetha (Dhansika), but she does not reciprocate his feelings for her. Kanaka (Sandhya) is a police constable and she plays Dhoni’s cousin. With all these characters in the film, the movie tries to be a clean comedy entertainer.
The role is tailor-made for Shiva, however, you cannot help comparing his role with almost all of his previous films’ roles. It is good to star in comedy films and entertain people, but one has to make sure it does not get too repetitive for the audience. Santhanam sparkles in places and interestingly, he has also got a pair in the film. We do not want to reveal more on that, as it is the only surprise factor in the film.
Dhansika looks pretty, but her role has very limited scope. After doing a film like ‘Paradesi’, Dhansika should have got powerful roles in Kollywood. Sandhya appears in few sequences and she does not make a very powerful impact. Powerstar Srinivasan is back with imitating the Kollywood stars and he has not spared anyone at all this time – Rajini, Kamal, Vijay, Ajith, Suriya… Devadarshini as a councillor and her sidekicks are annoying in their roles.
Among Vijay Ebenezer’s songs, ‘Oru Kannaadiya’ is an interesting number and his background score is passable, considering the nature of the script. Vetri’s camera work is functional and thanks to editor Suresh, the movie’s running length is just 2 hours and 16 minutes.
There is no single scene in the film that stands out and appeals to the audience. The movie takes time to get started, as the first half an hour is lost in introducing the characters. The councillor’s character is very poorly sketched. How many more films will showcase old women falling for young men? The director has made sure there is a punchline from Santhanam every now and then. But, more often than not, the jokes are silly and do not evoke laughter.
It is not sure why makers are behind keeping the names of famous personalities’ for their characters in the film. (Remember, the names ‘Rajini and ‘Kamal’ were used in Saguni?) This film tries to bank on the popularity of Dhoni and Sehwag.
Verdict : ‘Ya Ya’ is a mix of few laughable moments and a lot of ‘When-will-this-scene-end?’ moments.