Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tatineni Rama Rao|
|Produced by||S. Venkataratnam|
|Written by||D. V. Narasa Raju|
|Screenplay by||Tatineni Rama Rao|
|Starring||N. T. Rama Rao|
|Edited by||A. Sanjeevi|
Sree Pallavi Films
Yamagola is a 1977 Telugu language fantasy comedy film, produced by S. Venkataratnam under the Sree Pallavi Films banner and directed by Tatineni Rama Rao. It stars N. T. Rama Rao, Jaya Prada in the lead roles and music composed by Chakravarthy. The film was remade in Hindi as Lok Parlok (1979) and in Tamil as Yamanukku Yaman (1980).
The film begins in a village, Satyam (N.T. Rama Rao) is a youth leader and village Panchayat President. He has a tough fight with the ex-President Rudrayya (Rao Gopala Rao) for executing corrupt practices. Satyam loves Rudrayya's daughter, Savitri (Jayapradha) and plan to get married. Knowing it, Rudrayya kills Satyam with the help of a professional killer Rama Sastry (Prabhakar Reddy). Satyam reaches heaven where he angers the King of Heaven, Indra (Kanta Rao). An angered Indra sends Satyam straight to hell headed by Yama Dharma Raja (Satyanarayana) and ably assisted by Chitragupta (Allu Ramalingaiah). In hell, Satyam influences the Yama's army using communist theories and rights of labor, and turns them against Yama and hell shuts down. Yama sends Satyam back to Earth. Yama & Chitragupta visit Earth on a holiday trip and experience the funny aspects of humans. Satyam changes his name as Sundaram and teaches Rudrayya a lesson.
- N. T. Rama Rao as Satyam
- Jaya Pradha as Savithri
- Rao Gopal Rao as Rudrayya
- Satyanarayana as Yama Dharma Raju
- Allu Ramalingaiah as Chitraguptudu
- Prabhakar Reddy as Ramana Murthy/Rama Sastry
- Kanta Rao as Indra
- P. J. Sharma as Police Inspector
- Chalapathi Rao as Satyam's friend
- K. V. Chalam as Peeraiah
- Potti Prasad as Dentist
- Suryakantham as Seethamma
- Manju Bhargavi as Menaka
- Jhansi as Wife of Rudrayya
- Jayamalini as item number
- Nirmalamma as Shanthamma
- Art: S. Krishna Rao
- Choreography: Srinu
- Fights: Madhavan
- Story - Dialogues: D. V. Narasa Raju
- Lyrics: C. Narayana Reddy, Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Sri Sri
- Playback: SP Balu, P. Susheela
- Music : Chakravarthy
- Editing: A. Sanjeevi
- Cinematography - Producer: S.Venkataratnam
- Screenplay - Direction: Tatineni Rama Rao
- Banner : Sri Pallavi Films
- Release Date : 21st October 1977
|Soundtrack album by|
Music composed by Chakravarthy. All songs are evergreen blockbusters. Music released by SAREGAMA Audio Company.
|S. No||Song Title||Lyrics||Singers||length|
|1||"Olammi Tikka"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||SP Balu, P. Susheela||3:15|
|2||"Chilaka Kottudu"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||SP Balu, P. Susheela||3:21|
|3||"Aadave Andala Sura"||Veturi Sundararama Murthy||SP Balu, P. Susheela||6:00|
|4||"Gudivada Vellanu"||Veeturi||P. Susheela||3:06|
|5||"Samaraaniki Nede"||Sri Sri||SP Balu||3:12|
|6||"Vayasu Musuru"||C. Narayana Reddy||SP Balu, P. Susheela||3:16|
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The film celebrated a Silver Jubilee at 6 centres and ran for 40 weeks in Hyderabad and Vijayawada. This film became a cult classic with many remakes made with a similar theme later on by many directors like S. V. Krishna Reddy's Yamaleela and Chiranjeevi's Yamudiki Mogudu. It is the fourth Telugu film to collect Rs. 2 crore at Box Office at that time.
- C. Pullaiah adapted a similar movie based on Bengali novel to make Devanthakudu in 1960, with N.T. Rama Rao as the protagonist and S. V. Ranga Rao playing Lord Yama.
- The film was remade into Hindi with Jeetendra as Lok Parlok in 1979, with Jaya Prada reprising her role in the remake.
- In the Tamil version, Yamanukku Yaman, Shivaji Ganesan played the roles of both Satyam and Lord Yama.