|Directed by||S.S. Rajamouli|
|Produced by||Urmila Gunnam
|Written by||M. Ratnam (Dialogue)|
|Screenplay by||S. S. Rajamouli|
|Story by||K. V. Vijayendra Prasad|
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Cinematography||K. K. Senthil Kumar|
|Edited by||Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao|
|Distributed by||Viswamitra Creations|
Yamadonga (English: Thief Yama) is a 2007 Telugu fantasy-action comedy film directed by S.S. Rajamouli and produced by Urmila Gangaraju and P. Chiranjeevi. The film stars Mohan Babu, Jr. NTR, Mamta Mohandas and Priyamani in the lead roles. The film released worldwide on 15 August 2007. Upon release, the film was a critical and box office success. It was also dubbed into Hindi as Lok Parlok. .
Raja (Jr. NTR), an orphan boy, is a thief. Mahi (Priyamani), young girl, falls in love with him. Raja manipulates her by gaining her sympathy. She gives him a necklace, which he throws away because it is worthless; however, it always comes back to him.
Ten years later, Mahi's family treat her like a slave while they enjoy the money her grandfather left behind. Mahi waits for her "prince" to come rescue her. Raja is still a conman, but when he enters into debt of Dhanalakshmi, a pretty not-so-innocent lender, he flees. Meanwhile, Mahi's family want Mahi out of the way so they can inherit all of her money. They hire someone to kill her, only to find out that in the event of Mahi's death, all the money goes to charity. Raja reaches Yamaloka. He creates confusion in Yamaloka by stealing the Yamapasam since one in possession of Yamapasam becomes the King of Hell. Raja promises festivals and parties and to make Hell better than Heaven. Yama contests him claim. Narada enters the scene and proposes an election. Both Yama and Raja agree. Yama along with Chitragupta try to get the Yamapasam, but fails. Raja wins the elections, however, Yama angrily calls him a human. Raja decides to use the Yamapasam to make Yama a human, however, the plan backfires when Yama ends up with the Yamapasam. After regaining power, Yama sends Raja back to earth. Raja finds out the cruelty that Mahi has suffered and decides to fight back against her cruel family. Raja steals a whip and thrashes her family with it forcing them to become slaves otherwise they too will suffer and they oblidge and all is well.
- Jr NTR as Raja
- Mamta Mohandas as Dhanalakshmi
- Mohan Babu as Yama Dharma Raja
- Priyamani as Maheshwari aka Mahi
- Kushboo as Yama's wife
- Ali as Sathi
- Brahmanandam as Chitra Gupta
- Navneet Kaur as Rambha (Guest appearance in a song)
- Preeti Jhangiani as Urvasi (Guest appearance in a song)
- Archana as Menaka (Guest appearance in a song)
- Rambha as Guest appearance in song "Nachore"
- MS Narayana
- Jaya Prakash Reddy as Maheshwari's father-in-law
- Siva Parvathi as Maheshwari's mother-in-law
- Raghubabu as Maheshwari's father-in-law's son
- Rajiv Kanakala as Indra
- Ranganath as Maheshwari's grandfather
- Naresh as Narada
- Bharani as Varuna Deva
- Narsing Yadav as a guard in Yama's palace
- Narendra Jha
Oneindia.in described as "The film is a visual treat for all ages and classes. Rajamouli has done an excellent job molding NTR Jr's character in the film much like his grandfather's and also for bringing NTR back on the screen in an animated form. NTR Jr's overall performance and his dialogue delivery are a joy to watch. Mohanbabu playing 'Yama' once again proved to be the versatile actor that he is".
Sify gave an "average" verdict explained "This socio-fantasy film works, thanks to the new look of NTR and enigmatic performance of Mohan Babu. The songs and background score of MM Keeravani, the technical aspects and entertainer quotient in the first half make the film watchable". jeevi of idlebrain gave 3/5 stars said "First half of the film is entertaining. The second half should have been better. The plus points of the film are Mohan Babu, NTR, sets, cinematography and music. On the flip side, the screenplay of the film is not gripping in second half (after NTR returns to earth). The runtime of the film is pretty lengthy (3.05 hours)".
The film successfully completed a 100-day run in 92 centres and become top Telugu films of the year 2007.
The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani.
|1||"Nuvvu Muttukunte"||Ranjith, Pranavi||3:52||Ananta Sriram|
|2||"Rabbaru Gajulu"||Daler Mehndi||5:19||Ananta Sriram|
|3||"Olammi Tikkareginda"||Jr. NTR, Mamta Mohandas||4:33||Bhuvanachandra|
|4||"Nachore Nachore"||Deepu, Ganga||4:20||Bhuvanachandra|
|5||"Noonogameesoludu"||M. M. Keeravani, Sunitha Upadrashta||5:00||Ananta Sriram|
|6||"Young Yama"||Shankar Mahadevan, Mano, M. M. Keeravani, Pranavi||5:01||Ananta Sriram|
|8||"Chalachallagali"||M. M. Keeravani, Sangeetha||1:01||Bhuvanachandra|
|9||"Bambham Chumbanala"||Mano, Pranavi||1:48||Bhuvanachandra|
- Best Editor – Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
- Best Makeup Artist – Nalla Seenu
- Best Costume Designer – Ramaa Rajamouli
- Nandi Award for Best Special Effects – Kamal Kannan
- Filmfare Awards 2008
- CineMAA Awards 2008
- Best Actor – Jr NTR
The DVD version of the film was released on 29 February 2008. This DVD release was distributed by Tolly2Holly all around the world, but for India. It is available in 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, progressive 24 FPS, widescreen and NTSC format.
- Actress Priyamani slipped while walking on the stones and got her ankle sprained with minor bleeding injury during shooting.
- Late actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao plays a small role in the film through graphics.
- Kirat Bhattal and Meera Chopra rejected the role played by Priya Mani.
- This movie was also dubbed into Hindi language as well, named Lok Parlok.
- This movie was dubbed into Oriya as Yamraja.
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