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Yogi
EDITOR RATING
3.0
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NA
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NA
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And half a star there is for pain-stakingly incorporating just about every cliché ever in Telugu films.

Yogi looks like a film targetting people who went to sleep in early-1980 and woke up just now. And it will send them right back to sleep. It is so old-fashionedly melodramatic and so full of the exaggerated movie-family expressiveness of the period, it's an embarassment to current Telugu cinema as such. Some of the sentimental scenes are so in-your-face and contrived, you'll squirm in awkwardness even if you are completely alone in the theater. And if you do not watch this soon, you probably will be.

Eeshwar Prasad (Prabhas) is a village simpleton who wants to earn money to buy a pair of golden bangles for his mother Santhamma (Sarada) when his father (Chalapathi Rao) dies. He leaves for Hyderabad to do this, but a turn of events converts him into a big goon Yogi, who the entire city dreads.

Santhamma comes to Hyderabad searching for her son with no details of his address, and runs into Archana (Nayantara), a journalism student, who asks her to stay with her. The film then shows almost every cliché in Indian film history as the mother and son repeatedly keep passing within inches of each other but do not see each other. It feels, like we said, like you are watching a 1980 film.

The rest of the film deals with Yogi's wars with the gang ruling the city led by Saidulu (Subbaraju) and his mentor (Kota Srinivasa Rao), to protect the poor from them. It keeps getting interspersed with the mother-son sentimental thread, which manages to make even Sarada look bad. The scenes are so shabbily written, it looks like she's overacting. And anything other than stern looks is not among Prabhas' strong points, which makes this whole senti thing too heavy-duty for him to emote.

The wasted potential of Yogi is exemplified by the gross misuse of the heroine. The romance isn't there at all. We're not talking about esoteric, movie-criticish words like chemistry and soul - there is simply no romance. Yogi doesn't save Archana from any goons, they never fall in love, they never have any mushy conversations. She just imagines 4 duets with him, that's it. As she keeps stepping in 30 seconds before every song, it's so formulaic, it's sickens you.

Vinayak tries to make this an action-cum-sentimental tale, thereby widening the spectrum of potential audiences. Both are disasters. The action parts hardly make you resonate with them, and the anachronistic sentimental scenes make you feel embarassed with your own company, an example being a scene where Prabhas gets on top of a tree and Sarada starts dancing below. When you are making a 60-year-old woman dance, there has to be enormous thought in making it tasteful or even tolerable.

Yogi has no strong scenes, no strong villian, no strong heroine, and no strong hero. This film is primarily a script/creative/direction disaster, but Prabhas is still too much of a rookie for roles with elaborate emotional nuances. Nayantara has nothing to do. Sarada's plight is worse - she has to look childish.

The primary entertainer is Venu Madhav - he makes you split your sides. A spoof on Aparichitudu (yes, this thing is done to death, but to prevent you from making that observation, they make it themselves) with Sunil is riotous. The music will be forgotten faster than the film itself.

Vinayak is perhaps drawing the wrong lessons from his previous successes. Even high-grossing films have their negative points - they work since the positives outweigh the negatives. Putting the wrong reasons at the center of the radar screen and making new films around them is always risky.

With the exception of Tagore, Vinayak has been strictly conventional and "mass". His films depend on heavy-duty dialogues, bloodshed, and a hypothesis of what people in the outskirts and people in the B and C centers want to see. You can pull that off with some of the heroes, some of the time. If these successes teach lessons that are increasingly simplistic - as reflected in the script for Yogi - it can hurt.

Watch this if you need to, but hire a specialist first to help you lower your standards.

Also read: Lakshmi, Bunny, Samba, Tagore
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  • Cast
    Prabhas, Nayantara, Sarada, Chandramohan, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Pradeep Rawat, Venu Madhav, Ali, Sunil, Chalapathi Rao, Mumaith Khan, Uttej
  • Director
    V V Vinayak
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Vijay on 12th Feb 2007, 12:24pm | Permalink
I Plea the directors and producers not to make such kind of horrible movies by keeping the B and C grade audience in mind and with specific commercial targets. These kind of movies will always play be a bad part on thier careers.
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Srinivas Reddy on 31st Jan 2007, 8:36pm | Permalink
beckar movie
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2
Naveen Mannava on 16th Jan 2007, 10:18am | Permalink
Such horrible movie...crap...its not at all a prabhas movie... see chatrapathi..can not campare. what happen to VV.Vinayak...where the charm of DIL...such an idiotic movie...please donot waste time by watching such movies...very disappointed...waiting for munna.
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Pratap Reddy on 16th Jan 2007, 10:09am | Permalink
Actually you people should have had some sense to watch a Kannada Remake... lol... that industry is an example of creative bankruptacy and when movies are hits in Karnataka you need to assume that the concept was lifted from somewhere or the movie is low-class. On the contrary Malayalam movies have lots of script writing and genuine intelligence involved. Understand this when you go to a remade movie.
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Dina Kyas on 16th Jan 2007, 6:35am | Permalink
Such a horrible movie..This movie should have came in 80's, still it would have failed to attract any body..do not waste you precise time and money by watching stupid movies like this..
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Venkat Kishore Ryakala on 15th Jan 2007, 9:16pm | Permalink
baaad review, dude/ette..what u call anachronistic i deem atavistic...it is morally pretentious of us to judge a cover by the book...umm...moving on, the actor has the emotional range of a teaspoon, granted, but it was an INTENTIONAL characterisation by the GENIUS that is this actor (i forget his name, prabhakar?..)..the heroine subtle yet IN-YOUR-FACE attempts at MILITARY level stalking followed by "oh, fancy meeting you here" moments show a keen understanding of military strategie on the part of the director, hats off to you sir...the entire movie is a keen and insightful commentary on the ethos and melodramatic grandeur of an earlier epoch in film-making juxtaposed with the dog-eat-dog sensibilities of this modern time...that the user squeams in his seat is but the INTENDED result of an implicit existential dilemma, the absurdist one, yanked to the conscious of the user by its nostril hair...yet in this explicitly agnostic review, you gloss over such subtle genious and you call it trite? no, good sir, this review is NOT the way to herald and highlight what is undoubtedly one of the finest cinematic experiences in recent times...I'm positive this opinion of mine will only be strengthened when I actually WATCH this movie...peace out, ryakala[AT]gmail.com
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Priyanka Rao on 14th Jan 2007, 8:21pm | Permalink
The saddest part of the film is that I had to see a queue of more than 100 people waiting to see the next show and I was unable to stop even one. :-(. This movie is as ridiculous as any one can get.
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2
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