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Yaanaa

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The Times Of India
12th July, 2019 10:25 IST
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CastVaisiri Jagdish,Anant Nag,Jai Jagadish,Rangayana Raghu,Suhasini Maniratnam,Sadhu Kokila,Chikkanna
DirectorVijayalakshmi Singh
GenreDrama
Duration2h 15m

Three girls, each pursuing their passion, decide to run away from Bengaluru after experiencing some trying circumstances. The trio end up meeting each other by chance and set out on a trip to Goa. Life lessons and introspection ensue in this coming-of-age tale.

Maya - an aspiring DJ, Anjali - a small town girl with big city dreams - and Nandini - a boisterous go-getter - study in the same college. Each of them have their own tryst with love, life and growing up. When each of them end up in a situation that leads to an emotional breakdown, each decides to run away from the city. They cross paths during this journey out of town and together, they decide to head to Goa to get away from their sorrows. It does remind you of Bollywood films like Dil Chahta Hai or Zindagi Naa Milege Dobara, albeit with female protagonists. It has its share of gloss and glamour, interspersed with good songs as well. Additionally, the lessons learnt by the protagonists during this trip also helps them introspect and work up the courage and determination they require to take on the hurdles they face with renewed confidence.

The narrative takes a while to establish the trying tales of the three leading ladies. While the first half could have had crisp editing, the innumerable endearing moments make up for it during the second half.

The three debutantes have put in an earnest effort. Vaibhavi, who plays a character with an intense story arc, has made most of the opportunity. Vainidhi lights up the screen and shows great promise. Vaisiri's energy is unmissable. The three male leads have limited roles. Watch out for the host of well-known actors appearing in cameos through the film, especially Anant Nag and Suhasini who appear onscreen together after a long hiatus.

There have been quite a few films with women as the protagonists over the recent few months. However, if the last decade had Moggina Manasu that made an impact, this year, it is Yaanaa that fits the bill. In comparison, this one is a bit more stylish and bold. If you love college capers with a dose of emotional drama, this is just what you should watch this weekend.



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