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Yamadonga
EDITOR RATING
6.0
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NA
NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
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NA
He has the demeanour of a man who has never seen failure. Or even of someone who is too young and immature to even know that there is such a thing, and that it can happen to him. The way we all were before the first Big Blow happened.

Which is surprising considering everything you know about him.

Yamadonga presents a whole new NTR. With a fresh body and a fresher mind. Both - let's be practical here - incredible feats. He takes centerstage by sheer performance. The glint in the eye, a taunting smile that looks almost impudent, an energy that brooks no method acting, and (gasp!) style (gasp, gasp!). He looks like he feels he's just had 10 back-to-back superhits.

Then the first half ends.

Alas, Yamadonga is not likely to be NTR's Big Comeback. It's now an almost trademark Rajamouli problem. The movie builds to a crescendo, and unfortunately it's too much for even him to handle it after that, and he lets it simper away. Chatrapati and Vikramarkudu were both such examples, where the peaks of the films were certainly not anywhere near the climax. (Lest we be accused of focusing too much on the moles and warts, fullhyd.com had still predicted both of them would be hits.)

Yamadonga suffers from other problems, too - it's not exactly a gripping tale, like the above two (and Simhadri) were, at least for most part. It's a story you already know, and there's no powerful villian who you badly want quashed. It's mostly a comedy, and as a comedy it's not really in the league of, say, a Nuvvu Naaku Nachchav.

Also, it's a story set in the times when the original NTR could get away with the kind of clothes he wore. This is a new generation. They have too many questions to ask of Yama, even if they believe in him - you can't show them a character that seems to have no depth worthy of that position. And it's kinda late in the day to feed them a story of a Seeta Geeta girl harrassed into slavery by evil relatives who covet her immense wealth after her father dies. That thing went out of fashion in, oh, 1523.

Indeed, there's almost no thought in this reprisal of the '70s hit - it's the kind of dumbed down story that you come up with if you're trying to entertain people who sit on wooden benches in a taluk where there's only one cinema hall.

Yes, the only payback is NTR's much-hyped new avatar, and his relaunch. The rest is blah. And it's not quite enough.

So Raja (NTR) is a small-time thief who, with his accomplice Satti (Ali), once successfully does some stealing for someone (M S Narayana) who offers to pay him Rs. 10 lakhs. However, this person dies just as he is about to sign the cheque, leading a drunk Raja to rave and rant against Yama, the god of death.

The imperious Yama (Mohan Babu) actually hears all this, and to teach this irreverent puny human a lesson, advances his date of death from several decades later to merely 10 days later. When Raja enters Yama's world, he coincidentally finds out what happened, and steals Yama's all-powerful noose and effects a coup to become Yama himself.

He also uses this brief period in power to clean up his record of sins from the ledgers of Chitragupta (Brahmanandam), so that when he is tricked into handing out the noose back to Yama, the latter can take no action against him. Seething with a desire for revenge, Yama then sends him back to earth so he can commit more sins.

The movie fails on several logical fronts, of course. That is no reason to not watch any Indian film, like we all know, but when the film itself is mediocre, they all stand out. For example, no sins committed by Raja in his second stint on earth can get recorded by Yama, since Raja is in love, and love "protects" him. Now that's a first we've heard.

Then, the normally extra-wily Raja appears imexplicably lost in the last half-hour, failing to anticipate and pre-empt Yama's schemes to separate him from his love Maheswari (Priyamani), despite knowing that Yama is in disguise and trying to do that. In fact, he hardly uses that knowledge to turn the tables, as a person of his intelligence and slyness normally would. This makes it frustrating for you, too.

And the climax is very corny. Like we noted, Rajamouli has a penchant for making his endings quite sub-par.

The first half is energetic and almost absorbing, and NTR gets to show off some special talent in dialogue-delivery. Mohan Babu's presence adds to the spice, too. The second half starts by showing promise in being boring, and realizes that potential fully.

The film also has plenty of chances to show layers to it, but unapologetically and unequivocally stays away. As a pure piece of story-writing, it shows more ineptitude than any conscious dumbing down. And it was certainly possible to make it more at least more ...intact. If you fancy yourself the slightly intellectual type, there's almost nothing here for you.

The performances are all good, from NTR's supreme confidence and Mohan Babu's seasoned delivery down to Mamata Mohandas' debut. The dances, as usual, frame NTR in very flattering light. Rubberu Gaajulu leads the pack in a decent soundtrack.

There hasn't been a straight Telugu hit in 3 months now, and that might make Yamadonga worth watching if you really need to see something. Just remember to reduce your IQ before you go.
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Yamadonga (telugu) reviews
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  • Cast
    N T Rama Rao (Junior), Mohan Babu, Priyamani, Mamata Mohandas, Ali, Brahmanandam, M S Narayana, Raghubabu, Jayaprakash Reddy, Naresh
  • Music
    M M Keeravani
  • Director
    S S Rajamouli
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Raja Ramesh on 24th Oct 2007, 1:46pm | Permalink
Ippudu release aina movies lo i think yamadonga is far better with atleast some sensible story not like the other fraction movies ..it was good watching this movie
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10
Ramone Raja on 19th Oct 2007, 1:41am | Permalink
This is the crappiest piece of shit ever made! Whoever wrote this script was having ganja with gongura pachadi! There is no storyline. just mindless sequences that struggle hard to pass off as comedy. NTR Jr. is committing slow suicide. Rajamouli sucks big time. Keeravani's worst music. he must have been smelling his own farts while composing tunes for this one. And YET ANOTHER FUCKING NANDAMURI MOVIE WHICH PEGS NTR AND HIS FUCKING VAMSAM! Senior NTR is shown in a pathetic manner.
BAN THIS MINDLESS MOVIE FOR BRINING DISGRACE TO ART!
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2
King Kong on 4th Oct 2007, 5:04pm | Permalink
Congrats upon completing 50 days ...
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10
Amrut Raj on 24th Sep 2007, 7:03am | Permalink
Good Movie
RATING
8
Raaj on 21st Sep 2007, 5:06pm | Permalink
NTR , is the most talented hero among this generation heros, also i felt Mohan babu was tooo good in Yamudu role.

Keeravani and rajmouli never disappoints.

Well i would like to C this combination to do yet another new socia fantasy movie.

mail me ur feedback to meetikr@yahoo.com

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10
Easy Goer on 12th Sep 2007, 9:51pm | Permalink
You know something...I am tired of so
called love stories and bollywood movies based on cheap imitations (partner = hitch, cash = oceans series and the list goes on and on) It is ok to condone crime and mafia types of movies in India but when it comes to a SOCIO-FANTASY (read the words clearly here) we cant take it ?? What about so many hollywood movies based on myth and magic (nights at the museum, spiderman etc)

Here is one movie I thoroughly enjoyed without caring too much serious details. All lines of the story converge. Technically the movie is superb. Jr NTR slim personality and dance is very impressive. You dont necessarily need a super handsome hero like Mahesh babu or Hrithik...take an example from Hollywood or tamil films. Songs are catchy. If you want art films go to bengali (im sorry even they produce only masala today) maybe french

The movie is a bit long but as for overall entertainment you cant beat it.

If you want to see no violence, no special effects, no fantasy, no pace then stick to NRI based love stories
based in USA or UK who come back to India for the finale
RATING
10
Mohan Yalamanchili on 2nd Sep 2007, 7:57pm | Permalink
movie too much ga undi,,,fullhyd people doesnt know how to review a movie...fullhyd sucks
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10
Movie Lover on 1st Sep 2007, 3:18pm | Permalink
It is a nice movie. Lot of fun. NTR Tiger fight is mast mast.
RATING
8
David Hindu on 31st Aug 2007, 9:03pm | Permalink
ntr simply cannot chose the right films to do justice to his acting skills... though he is not good looking at all, (hes ugly i shud say) he has some scope for exhibiting some acting skills. but this si a truly pathetic movie. deserves to be one of the biggest flops so far. but our telugu audience r such that they simply cannot appreciate quality cinema. all they want is some mass hero like chiranjeevi , balayya , or some subbayya to jump like a monkey and show some so called mass dance steps to their fans and the movie will be a blockbuster. way to go for telugu cinema
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2
Venkat Vemula on 31st Aug 2007, 7:39pm | Permalink
exelent movie
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10
Suresh R on 22nd Aug 2007, 4:57pm | Permalink
Manoj, I understood from your post that you like class movies. Only masses can make a movie big hit. And only mass heroes can survive in the long run. For your information, yamadonga is a block buster. Jr NTR is only 24 now. A long way to go and he makes all kinds of movies later on.
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10
Pandu N on 22nd Aug 2007, 2:39pm | Permalink
superdooperhit
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10
Manoj on 22nd Aug 2007, 2:08pm | Permalink
I had a lot of expectations on the movie, moreso after seeing the interviews of NTR, Rajamouli, Cherry etc on TV. The film has thoroghly disappointed me.

I wanted to make a few comments about these 'gr8' guys. Firstly, about Rajamouli. I believe he is the most hyped director in Telugu film industry. Though his direction has been 'stylish' in taking, it was lacking in content/substance in most of his movies. This has been vindicated aptly in Yamadonga. You cannot have a few brilliant scenes thrown in here and there and expect your movie to be a block-buster without having a gripping story or screen-play.
About NTR. He has shown his shades of brilliance in
Aadhi and Simhadri. But he was at the best of his acting prowess in Rakhi. Unfortunately that movie did not fare as well as it deserved. In all subsequent interviews he has started raising Rajamouli to a pedestal and showered lavish praises on his 'Jakkanna'. I wish he knew how to differentiate between chalk and cheese. Krishnavamsi is a far more talented director than most of the present big names in Telugu. In fact, I feel only Krishnavamsi has the knack to get such a matured performance from NTR. Instead of realising this our NTR Jr. is building temples for his Jakkanna, even before the fate of the film was decided by the public.

I wish our Telugu industry comes out of this 'mass-formulaic-third-grade' fare by encouraging good off-beat films like 'Aithe', 'Anand' and 'AOR' to name a few. Can we ever dream of good sensible movies like 'Chak De India', 'Dor' or 'BhejaFry' being made in Telugu?

One small advice: NTR Jr. is lucky to have similarities with NTR Sr. But he cannot expect to have BoxOffice success by just doing 'Taraka Japam'. (The failure of Yamadonga must have driven home this point, by now). The sooner he and his producers realize this, the better for this talented-but-naive Young Tiger.
RATING
2
Kalyan on 22nd Aug 2007, 11:11am | Permalink
full length entertainer
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10
Dr.No on 20th Aug 2007, 3:27pm | Permalink
NTR's ugly look in rakhi failed.

NTR's slim look in yamadonga failed too.

guess he must go for a sex change now.
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4
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