‘Yagam’ is a simple story which tries to adapt a different screenplay to increase your interest. Truth is it actually works up to a point. However, when the entire jig saw puzzle falls in place, it leaves a scent of a mediocre drama. A sense of déjà vu prevails, something which we have seen in plenty of other films in the past. Even Danny’s hallucinations look silly and out of place after a point. The story could have been more interesting had Ajay’s investigation commenced right after Sanjay Arya’s (Rahul Dev) death. Ajay has been portrayed as a brilliant cop with amazing power to imagine, the exact modus operandi of these deaths which he believes are in fact murders. His investigation could have turned this story into a cat and mouse chase had he entered the scene a bit earlier.
Bharani K Dharan’s cinematography is good, although the color grading, lighting looks quite pale. Mani Sharma’s music is hardly impressive and the same goes for the lyrics. Marthand K Venkatesh’s editing could have been a lot better in the first half of the film. It’s so haphazard that it’s bound to confuse the audience rather than evoking excitement. Arun Prasad, who had earlier directed couple of sensible films like ‘Thammudu’ and ‘Gowtham SSC’, falters a bit in his third attempt. His attempt to make a ‘different’ film is praiseworthy; however, it would have made more sense had he got his screenplay and narration right.
The revenge drama depicted in ‘Yagam’ has been abused so much in Telugu cinema that it hardly hits you. The only difference here is that it has new faces, shot in Bangkok with people speaking Thai most of the time. The track where Ajay reveals the modus operandi of the crimes is one of the very few things worth mentioning in the film. My favourite scene of the film is when the cops take a dig on producers, directors in Telugu Cinema. The cop says those who have been protesting against piracy are the same ones who resort to piracy of English, Hindi and other language films to come up with new stories. It’s such a pity, perhaps bad timing, that this dialogue coincides with the recent issue raked up in the film industry. Overall, ‘Yagam’ is a mediocre film which tries to be too pretentious than what it’s actually worth. I wonder if the film had been any different had someone from the cast or the crew ‘predicted’ the fate of the film, just like what Navdeep does in the film. As far as from which film(s), has ‘Yagam’ been inspired, I would leave it for the director Arun Prasad to answer!