At a time in 1982 when Prem Nazir's romance, husband wife tales were bringing people to the theaters, here was a movie by K.G George with an unknown actor ,Mammootty and some small time actors like Nedumudi Venu, Thilakan etc. with an investigating theme to it. Bharath Gopi had just won an award and was popularly known for portraying the good man roles. This was his first negative role and he has done a commendable job. A very risky mix And the risk paid off. Yavanika was one of 1982's biggest hits. Probably from here on,it set the trend of murder mysteries.
Apparently the movie's murder theme is based on the Rashomon affect where witnesses give different version. The investigator has to solve among st the different versions. Mammootty inspite of his 7th movie has pt up a almost perfect performance.
You have to watch the movie for the way the suspense unfolds. True to its name, Yavanika , which means curtain of secrecy , the movie blends the Kerala's traditional theatre culture and a murder mystery to make you glued to your seat.