Samantha Ruth Prabhu starrer Yashoda hit the screen yesterday and it is getting a good response from the viewers. Samantha especially nailed her performance however, director Hari Shankar and Harish Narayan’s vision hold back the movie from being a masterpiece.
The basic story of the movie revolves around a poor girl who agrees to surrogacy but later found out the dark and dangers behind the surrogacy center. The overall concept of the movie is good and as surrogacy is a new thing in Telugu cinema, it gets a plus point for the story. Furthermore, the music by Mani Sharma justifies the intense scenes and creates a solid impact on the story. The camera work and art department also do a great job but as Hari Shankar and Harish Narayan couldn’t fill the gaps between the story to make the narration even more compelling, the movie fell short.
Performance from Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar, Samantha, Malayalam actor Unni Mukundan, Kalpika Ganesh, and Murali Sharma is great but in a few instances, we can see the story holding them back.
Talking more about the story, the first half of the movie progress a bit slowly but it helps people bond with the character more. However, due to taking more time in the first half, the story in the 2nd half is a bit rushed which both helps as well as affects the movie. The fast pace in the second half helps with the unexpected twists and turns which makes the viewers ignore the illogical narration in some scenes but it also takes back the director’s opportunities to give more gravitas to the actual cause of Varalakshmi. The pain and impact on a pregnant girl who was just a common person a while back and is now fighting for her life are not portrayed that deeply as a result of the fast pace.
To summarise, Samantha’s performance in the movie is great and it can be said that she is carrying the story on her back. Director Hari Shankar and Harish dumped a lot of info in the movie about surrogacy without proper research and execution as they seem more hopeful to get sympathy for the mother and the unborn child. However, they couldn’t get the most out of it due to the fast pace of the movie. Also, the makers are banking on the sympathy angle to ignore the fact that a facility that is running for a long time and has great security couldn’t contain a common girl from escaping which is a main flaw in the movie. The escape might have been well-planned with more innovative writing to justify her escape but sadly like any other story, when you are good evil just can’t stop you is the way the directors went for Yashoda.
Overall, the concept of the movie is great, and the performance of the actors is remarkable, but the execution is average at best. Samantha’s tenacity and A+ performance hold the average execution together to give an entertaining experience for the viewers.