Yamadonga

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Yamadonga
Yamadonga.jpg
Directed by S.S. Rajamouli
Produced by Urmila Gunnam
P. Cherry
Written by M. Ratnam (Dialogue)
Screenplay by S. S. Rajamouli
Story by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Starring Jr. NTR
Mohan Babu
Priyamani
Mamta Mohandas
Kushboo
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography K. K. Senthil Kumar
Edited by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Production
company
Viswamitra Creations
Distributed by Viswamitra Creations
Release dates
  • 15 August 2007 (2007-08-15)
Running time
185 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Yamadonga (English: Thief Yama) is a 2007 Telugu fantasy comedy film directed by S.S. Rajamouli and produced by Urmila Gangaraju and P. Chiranjeevi. The film stars Mohan Babu, Jr. NTR, Priyamani and Mamta Mohandas in the lead roles. The film released worldwide on 15 August 2007. Upon release, the film was a critical and box office success.[1] It was also dubbed into Hindi as Lok Parlok. .

Plot[edit]

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.

10 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 con man 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 his 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 makeHell become 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, only to take away his life once again.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

Critical response[edit]

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".[2]

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".[3] 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)".[4]

Box office[edit]

The film successfully completed a 100-day run in 92 centres and went on to become one of the top five Telugu films of the year 2007.[5]

Music[edit]

The music was composed by M. M. Keeravani.

No. Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics Notes
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 Bhuvanachandra
7 "Srikarakunda" Mano 1:35 Bhuvanachandra
8 "Chalachallagali" M. M. Keeravani, Sangeetha 1:01 Bhuvanachandra
9 "Bambham Chumbanala" Mano, Pranavi 1:48 Bhuvanachandra

Awards[edit]

Nandi Awards 2008.[6]
Filmfare Awards 2008
CineMAA Awards 2008

DVD[edit]

The DVD version of the film was released on 29 February 2008.[7] 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.[8]

Trivia[edit]

  • Actress Priyamani slipped while walking on the stones and got her ankle sprained with minor bleeding injury during shooting.[9]
  • Late actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao plays a small role in the film through graphics.[10]
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box-Office: 'Yamadonga' Topped and Rest Dropped". greatandhra. Retrieved 19 August 2007. 
  2. ^ "Yamadonga – Review". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 16 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Yamadonga Review". 
  4. ^ "Yamadonga". idlebrain. Retrieved 15 August 2007. 
  5. ^ "Top five Telugu films of 2007". Rediff. 
  6. ^ "Nandi awards 2007 announced". idlebrain. Retrieved 12 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Yamadonga DVD Info". Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "Yamadonga DTS". Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  9. ^ "indiaglitz.com". Priyamani injured in shooting. Retrieved 16 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "nonstopcinema.com". Soundarya in NTR-Rajamouli's Yamadonga!. Archived from the original on 11 January 2007. Retrieved 16 January 2007. 

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