Yashoda Movie review: New concept, routine scenes

After a long time, Samantha had been gearing up for the release of her film in theatres with “Yashoda”, which has been carrying good expectations on it, ever since the release of its teaser. Dictor duo Hari-Harish helmed the film. The film has finally been released and let’s see how the film has fares at box-office.


Yashoda agrees to be a surrogate mother and joins a huge firm which is known for surrogacy pregnancies, providing reproductively challenged mothers with the babies and making them mothers. However, not everything is as it seems and Yashoda soon realises that. What’s wrong with the establishment and what happens ultimately is the main plot of the story.


The basic backdrop of surrogacy is new for Telugu cinema and has been set up nicely in the narrative. This gives “Yashoda” a completely new edge. The director duo set up the whole surrogacy concept well and created an intriguing factor right from the beginning.

On the other side, one of the biggest minus points of the film are the logical issues. The film is set in a surrogacy center which is shown as hitech and filled with cameras. But Sam escapes them easily. Such scenes are plenty and look a bit over the top. The film starts on an interesting note until Samantha reaches the surrogacy center. From there, the film falls flat as scenes related to ragging and details of the center drag for no reason. A more linear screenplay and crisp narrative would have made matters better.

On a whole, “Yashoda” is a good thriller, but turns out to be quite routine in the end. Samantha is very good in her role, and as long as she’s on the screen, she’ll keep you entertained. If not for adulterated climax, one can watch for thriller elements and Samantha.


Samantha carries the whole film on her shoulders and keeps the audience entertained and on the edge of their seats from the start to finish. She is also highly impeccable in the fight sequences.

Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Unni Mukundan, Rao Ramesh, Sampath Raj and the remaining supporting cast is good in their roles, contributing their part for the film.


The story of “Yashoda” is simple, and the directors manage to keep everyone guessing what’s next very well, at least until 30 minutes into the second half. However, once the twist is revealed and explanations are given, the story becomes diluted and everything becomes very expected. The dialogues by Pulagam Chinnarayana and Challa Bhagya Lakshmi are good.

The background score of the film, provided by Mani Sharma, is one of the major highlights of the film, contributing quite well to the movie. It adds to the overall feel of the movie well.

The production design and cinematography of the film are also good enough, and it clearly shows that the producers haven’t shied away from investing in the film.


Samantha’s performance


Background score


Varalaxmi’s backstory