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For the 1991 Indian Bollywood film, see Yodha (1991 film). For the 2009 Indian Kannada film, see Yodha (2009 film). For the Indian comic book character, see Yoddha (comics).
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CD cover
Directed by Sangeeth Sivan
Produced by Saga Films
Screenplay by Sasidharan Arattuvazhi
Story by Sangeeth Sivan
Starring Mohanlal
Master Siddhartha
Jagathy Sreekumar
Puneet Issar
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Santosh Sivan
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Saga Films
Distributed by Saga Films
Release date(s)
  • September 3, 1992 (1992-09-03)
Running time 149 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Yodha (theatrical release name: Yoddha; Malayalam: യോദ്ധ; pronounced yōddha) is a 1992 Malayalam action comedy film scripted by Sasidharan Arattuvazhi and directed by Sangeeth Sivan. The film stars Mohanlal who plays the protagonist, who is told he is the saviour destined to rescue the Rimpoche of a Nepalese Buddhist monastery from practitioners of black magic. The score and soundtrack were composed by A. R. Rahman. The story is loosely based on The Golden Child. It was mostly shot at Palakkad in Kerala and Nepal. A sequel titled Yodha 2 has been planned, which hypes A.R. Rahman's comeback to the Malayalam film industry.


In an unknown location in the Nepalese Himalayas, a young monk (played by Siddhartha) is about to be crowned the Rimpoche of the monastery, when a gang of black magicians led by an unnamed character (played by Puneet Issar) kidnap him. It is revealed that the leader of the black magicians wishes to make a human sacrifice of the Rimpoche to attain invincibility. The other monks in the monastery understand that the Rimpoche's saviour will arrive from across the Himalayas to rescue him from the clutches of the black magicians. In the meantime, the young Rimpoche manages to escape from the clutches of the magicians and runs away to Kathmandu.

At the other end of the subcontinent, in a small village in Kerala, Ashokan (Mohanlal) is an unemployed youth who, with the other members of his club, whiles his time away competing with his cousin Appukuttan (Jagathi Sreekumar) and his club in a series of trivial competitions. Appukuttan finds himself on the losing side every time, adding to his insecurity complex, which leads him to suspect Ashokan of having an affair with his (Appukuttan's) fiancée Damayanti (played by Urvashi).

When an astrologer predicts to his mother, Sumathi (played by Sukumari), that Ashokan is likely to commit a murder if he remains in Kerala, Ashokan is bundled away to Nepal to stay with his uncle Captain (retired) Krishnankutty Menon (M. S. Thripunithura), whom he hasn't met since childhood. Unbeknownst to Ashokan, Appukuttan flies to Nepal beforehand and establishes himself in Krishanankutty Menon's (Kutty Mama) house, masquerading as Ashokan. Ashokan is cast out onto the streets of Kathmandu, where he meets the Rimpoche and forms a friendship with the young lad.

Dharam Yoddha, the poster of Hindi dubbed version of Yoddha.

Appukuttan attempts to connive his way into marrying Kutty Mama's daughter, Ashwati (Madhoo) — a researcher into Nepalese traditions and black magic at a university in Kathmandu. But Ashokan, with the Rimpoche's assistance, manages to cast doubt into the mind of Kutty Mama and win over Ashwati.

Ashokan and Ashwati then witness one of the black magician's minions kidnapping the Rimpoche. Upon following the kidnapper, they end up confronting the black magician himself. In the ensuing melee, the magician grievously wounds Ashwati and blinds Ashokan, and leaves the two of them to their deaths in the forest. Both of them are rescued by the adivasi tribe tasked with protecting the Rimpoche's monastery. Ashokan is then told of how he is the Chosen One and is trained by an adivasi teacher to overcome his blindness and become a warrior tasked with rescuing the Rimpoche.

In the meantime, the jealous and suspicious Appukuttan follows Ashwati and Ashokan into the forest and is captured by a tribe of adivasis who torture him.

Ashokan then ventures into the magician's hideout, rescues the Rimpoche, and brings him back to the monastery. The Rimpoche then, aided by an ailing old monk, restores Ashokan's eyesight. As the solar eclipse nears, the monks begin the coronation of the Rimpoche. The black magician rushes to the monastery to kill the Rimpoche before he is crowned. But Ashokan stands in the black magician's way and, in the climactic fight, kills the latter.

Ashokan then discovers that Ashwati is not dead as he had previously feared. Appukuttan makes a final appearance, trained as a warrior by the adivasis who captured and tortured him. In the comical fight that ensues, Appukuttan is beaten up by Ashokan.


Box office[edit]

The movie was an Onam release of 1992 and a commercial success. The film was a super hit at boxoffice running for more than 200 days and now has a major cult following.[citation needed] Jagathy Sreekumar was highly appreciated for his funny and quick witted portrayal of the jealous cousin of the hero and his combination scenes with Mohanlal is still considered as one of the best comedy scenes in the history of Malayalam films. Yodha along with In Harihar Nagar, Godfather and Ramji Rao Speaking is considered as one of the best comedy films in the history of Malayalam movie industry.


Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1992
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Tharangini
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Pudhiya Mugam

The original score and songs were composed by A. R. Rahman; the lyrics were penned by Bichu Thirumala. This is the only released Malayalam movie for which Rahman has composed the music so far.

The soundtrack was also released in Tamil (as Asokan), Hindi (as Dharam Yoddha) and Telugu (as Yoddha). The respective soundtracks featured versions of all songs except "Mamboove", which was not featured in the film. "Mamboove" was later reused for the Tamil movie Pavithra as "Sevvanam". The lyrics were written by Vairamuthu, P. K. Mishra and Veturi respectively for the Tamil, Hindi and Telugu versions. The Hindi version was added with five songs composed by Pappu Khan.

The soundtrack was met with positive responses upon release. The track "Padakali" is often considered one of the most popular songs ever in the Malayalam film history. Besides the tune of the song, the tongue twisting lyrics by Bichu Thirumala and choreography by Kumar were noticed.[citation needed]

Release history[edit]

The original soundtrack was released by Tharangini in 1992, then the Tamil dubbed version, Asokan by Pyramid in 1994, the Hindi version by BMG Crescendo in 1996 and the Telugu version in 1995. The Hindi version was re-released in 1997 with five new songs added.

Track listing[edit]

Malayalam (Yoddha)
No. Title Singers
1 "Padakaali" K. J. Yesudas, M. G. Sreekumar
2 "Kunu Kune" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha
3 "Maampoove" K. J. Yesudas, Sujatha
4 "Theme Music" Malgudi Subha
Tamil (Asokan)
No. Title Singers
1 "Om Kari" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
2 "Kulu Kulu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
3 "Theme Music" Malgudi Subha
Hindi (Dharam Yoddha)
No. Title Singers
1 "Main Dilli Ka Shehzada" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
2 "Mujhko Yeh Lagta Hain" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
3 "Theme Music" Malgudi Subha
4 "Kangna Kalai Mein Khanke" Kavita Krishnamurthy
5 "Yeh Resham Ki Sari" Kumar Sanu
6 "Kal Raat Mujhse Tu" Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Poornima
7 "Ek Do Teen Char" Jolly Mukherjee, Alka Yagnik
8 "Chori Se Chupke Chupke" Jolly Mukherjee, Poornima
Telugu (Yoddha)
No. Title Singers
1 "Kule Kule" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra
2 "Theme Music" Malgudi Subha

Kerala State Film Awards[edit]


This new project will be directed by Sanjeev Sivan and will be made in Hindi, as well. Big names like AR Rahman, Richard Herrovites, Sreekarprasad, Santhosh Sivan and Sean Kerbey will team up for this thriller which will be produced by Network 18. The movie will be presented in 3D version also and will be shot at Nepal, New Zealand and parts of Kerala. The other details about the title of the project, and its cast and crew are awaited.[citation needed]

The original movie was directed by Sanjeev's brother Sangeeth Sivan, who later turned out as a famous director in Bollywood.


The comic dialogues of Jagathy Sreekumar and Mohanlal in the movie created a cult among the people in Kerala and still it is remembered. Jagathy Sreekumar's one of the notable dialogue to Mohanlal " kaavile paattu mathsarathinu kaanaam" after losing a game to him became a legacy in Kerala and it is frequently used even today.

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