Director: V. Harikrishna and P Kumar
Cast: Darshan, Devaraj, Rashmika Mandanna, Tanya Hope, Thakur Anoop Singh, Ravishankar, Dattanna, Sadhu Kokila, Dhananjay.
There are good films, and bad films. Yet, there is also another popular category that is essential for the film industry to survive. The FAN-tastic films, ones purely made to satisfy the expectations of die-hard fans of star actors. Yajamana fits into this genre perfectly as it is quite simply made to entertain Darshan’s fans.
Many films like these leave no scope for logic, common sense and reality. Even an ordinary punch by the hero can easily beat the hell out of the most fierce and powerful person on Earth and beyond! Such films usually come with a one-man army fighting against multiple bad guys, defying all odds!
Darshan, who is fondly referred to as Challenging Star shines in this typical action thriller composed, and directed by debutant V Harikrishna and Kumar.
It orbits around Shivanandi played by Darshan, a small time local cooking oil brand owner who takes on a business tycoon. It kick-offs at a taluk centre where oil business is flourishing because of traditional methods of extracting cooking oil, and due to the local market which is guided by a set of principles governing the interest of both growers and owners.
Along with oil, Yajamana is fried golden with a short love story, in which Rashmika as Kaveri is paired opposite Darshan and the rest of the film is garnished with comedy and loads of action in addition to challenging dialogues.
There are a couple of melodious numbers and peppy songs to dance to along with Harikrishna’s signature tone and tune. While the earlier Yajamana (2000) starring Vishnuvardhan was a classic family drama, high on emotions, and revolved around an elder brother who sacrifices everything for his younger ones, 2019’s Yajamana is a through and through Darshan action show.
Darshan fans can even overlook how a Mumbai court in the film functions in fluent Kannada where the lawyer and judge have conversations in Kannada! Despite these discrepancies, Yajamana does what it intends to do — entertaining Challenging fans.