Cast : Aadhi , Nikki Galrani
Direction : Sathya Prabhas Pinisetty
Music : Praveen, Shyam, Prasan
Producer : Ravi Raja Pinisetty
During our impressionable years, it isn’t rare for our parents to tell us “Your friends will not help you in life, so focus on getting good marks and a good future.” This film is dedicated to all those parents who hate their son’s best friends. The title character Saga, played by Aadhi, reminds us of Karna from Mahabharat who takes the side of the Kauravas knowing well that they are in the wrong. The reason? Loyalty and friendship. And much like the Mahabharat, there are too many characters walking in and out of Saga’s life. The first half of the film is lost in explaining each of those character’s place in Saga’s life. The second half is forced into a race against time to finish the story before the audience loses it.
Saga has three best friends from college. He is the odd one of out, because his dad isn’t as loaded or influential as his friends’. One day, his friends get drunk and pick a fight with a girl and her boyfriend (who looks like he was born and raised in a gym), and it blows up to a point where the police get involved. The moment the police realize the perpetrators are from high places, they let them go and shift the blame onto the boyfriend. Meanwhile, Saga reaches the place just as things turn bad. In the end, the girl swears revenge, and shows off her Delhi colors with the Tamil translation of “Tu jaanta hai mera baap kaun hai?” and mysteriously goes missing later that night.
As expected, her dad is a gangster in Mumbai. He isn’t part of the mafia, he is the mafia. Mudaliyar, played by Mithun Chakraborty, is the typical South Indian gangster who is the Robin Hood of Mumbai Tamilians. When he gets wind that his daughter is nowhere to be found, he takes matters into his own hands. And of course, a lot of other things are happening in the interim. Surprisingly, the film focuses more on what happens to the four friends than actually focusing on what happening to Mudaliyar’s daughter and her boyfriend.
Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka sticks to the stereotypes – The villain can only be taken seriously if he has a voice that rivals Amitabh Bachchan’s. When a girl dies, her spirit has to walk around in a white salwar because, apparently, that’s the dress code in heaven. The film’s censor certificate contains Revised in brackets, suggesting something has been changed. Though, it is never disclosed to the audience. The director has tried too many things, and this has made it a diluted effort. Watch it once, but don’t bring logic into it.
Verdict : Good performances, average story. It’s not the worst movie of the year, but just barely misses the list
Review : Sudarsan Ramamurthy