|Directed by||Jeeva Shankar|
Fatima Vijay Antony
|Written by||Jeeva Shankar|
|Music by||Vijay Antony|
|Edited by||Veera Senthil Raj|
Vijay Antony Film Corporation
Yaman (English: Lord of Death) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language political drama film written and directed by Jeeva Shankar. Co-produced by Lyca Productions and Vijay Antony Film Corporation, the film features Vijay Antony and Miya in the lead roles, while Thiagarajan portrays another pivotal character. The film, which features Jeeva Shankar and Vijay Antony doubling up as the cinematographer and the music composer respectively, was released alongside its dubbed Telugu version on 24 February 2017.
As the film begins, Arivudai Nambi (Vijay Antony) is killed by his rivals who fear that their position would be threatened if he were to make it big in politics. Decades later, his son Tamilarasan (Vijay Antony, again) accidentally is drawn into the murky world of behind-the-screens politicking when he is jailed due to admitting to have hit someone on the road.
Two gangster-type baddies with political backing become his enemies and this in turn brings him closer to Karunakaran (Thyagarajan), a political heavyweight who has his own ambitions. A minister sees Tamilarasan as an enemy because he sees in him his father, Arivudai Nambi, whom he had conspired to murder.
Machinations and counter-machinations grow with the growing political ambitions of Tamilarasan, whose rivals won't let him and his friend (Miya George as actress Anjana) live in peace.
Tamilarasan boldly faces all this in his game of one-upmanship and realizes his dream of growing big in politics.
- Vijay Antony as Tamilarasan aka Yaman and Arivudai Nambi (Tamilarasan's Father)
- Miya as Agalya (Anjana)
- Thiagarajan as Karunakaran
- Arul D. Shankar as Thangapandian
- Sangili Murugan as Tamilarasan's grandfather
- Sreeja Ravi as Karunakaran's wife
- Charle as Thyagu
- G. Marimuthu as Manimaran
- D. R. K. Kiran as MLA
- Jayakumar as Selvaa
- Arjai as Sakthi
- Swaminathan as Govindhan
In December 2015, Jeeva Shankar announced that his next film would feature Vijay Antony and the pair would collaborate after working together in Naan (2012). Shankar had initially discussed the script with other actors including Vijay Sethupathi, who had requested the director to finish the script in two months, but Shankar took eight months and Vijay Sethupathi became busy with other projects. Antony's availability meant that Shankar chose to cast him in the lead role. He revealed that the film would be a political thriller film set in Chennai and Antony would portray the character who brings "the message of death". Miya was signed on as the film's lead actress during January 2016, while Lyca Productions announced that they would produce the film. Antony put on weight for the film and began working on the project during the same month, with the producers revealing that the film would be shot within eighty days. Thiagarajan joined the film's cast during May 2016 and revealed that he would portray the lead antagonist, appearing as a "political mastermind".
Several scenes were shot in Chennai, while a prison set was erected in Pondicherry for the shoot. A song was shot in Mumbai during July 2016 featuring Vijay Antony and Miya. The team later moved on to film sequences in Georgia during July 2016.
|Soundtrack album by Vijay Antony|
|Released||4 February 2017|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Vijay Antony chronology|
The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Vijay Antony. The song "Yem Mela Kai Vachaa Gaali" was released as a single in September 2016, during the Tamil Nadu Premier League match of Kovai vs Chepauk held in Tirunelveli. The album was released on 4 February 2017 by Lyca Music.
|1.||"Yem Mela Kai Vachaa Gaali"||Annamalai||Hemachandra, Chetan, Kumar||4:30|
|2.||"Damelo Dumelo"||P. Vetriselvan||Saranya, Maria Roe Vincent, El Fe||4:31|
|3.||"Kadavul Ezhuthum"||Ko. Sesha||Yazin Nizar, Janaki Iyer||4:57|
|4.||"Sigaram Chella"||Eknath||Jagadeesh, Ranjith Unni, Velmurugan, Ayappan||2:44|
The film had a worldwide theatrical release on 24 February 2017, with a dubbed Telugu version with the same name having a simultaneous release. Sify.com gave the film a positive review, stating "to conclude, Yaman is a film with many layers, and one with solid drama at its core, which makes it such an engaging watch" and that "it is that rare kind of film which transports you bang in the middle of its action". In their review of the film, The Hindu found "strong performances and detailing save the day for Vijay Antony’s Yaman... the film's release timing is apt in the country’s politically active scenario". A critic from The Times of India wrote "overall, a little more pace, doing away a duet song which appears in the second half which makes audience yawn and slight tone down of heroism would have worked wonders". The Indian Express called it "a watchable political drama, which has come out at the right time in the light of the ongoing political crisis in Tamil Nadu". Likewise, The Deccan Chronicle's review mentioned "the film works only in parts". The New Indian Express stated "despite the glitches, and with more positives than negatives, Yaman is a fairly interesting watch".