Yamudiki Mogudu belongs to an era when Telugu film star Chiranjeevi was an ordinary Supreme Hero not the extraordinary Mega-Star he’s now.
Last night, we traveled back in time to watch this film.
And if you insist on a one-word summary of our Yamudiki Mogudu experience, all we’d say is: abomination.
The Netflix sleeve of the Yamudiki Mogudu DVD mentions that the film is an Indian take of Heaven Can Wait.
So we headed over pronto to our online vade mecum Wikipedia and lo and behold Yamudiki Mogudu does indeed seem to have been inspired by the 1978 Hollywood film Heaven Can Wait, which itself was a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941).
One of the crudest motion pictures ever to hit the big screen, Yamudiki Mogudu is like nothing we’ve ever experienced before.
Folks, if you think Tamil movies are ugly, you ain’t seen ugly till you behold Yamudiki Mogudu (by the way this junk was subsequently remade in Tamil as Athisaya Piravi with Rajinikanth in the lead).
Yes, Yamudiki Mogudu is indeed the nightmare in which Chiranjeevi introduces the celestial beauties to Tap Dance, Rock-n-Roll, Break Dance, Disco Dance et al.
Don’t believe us? Here, watch Chiranjeevi slap celestial nymph Rambha’s right buttock repeatedly and cavort with other heavenly maidens in the Dansu Onsu Moru number.
Directed by a pinhead called Ravi Raja Pinisetty, Yamudiki Mogudu is an unending stream of nonsense with nary a letup.
Soon after a kind hearted thug Kali (Chiranjeevi) is dispatched by a pair of unsavory elements, we find him at the Hindu God of Death Yama’s court where we discover that Kali’s earthly existence has been prematurely cut short due to a calculating error on the part of Chitra Gupta.
After Kali threatens to sue the shit of Yama in the court of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, a worried Yama and his two underlings find a new body to send Kali back to earth. This time it’s a murdered pansy Balu (Chiranjeevi), tormented and poisoned by his evil uncle.
How the one-time pansy now turned toughie Balu teaches the baddies a lesson while simultaneously romancing two girls (Radha and Vijayshanti) is what this sick trash is all about.
Chiranjeevi – Awful
Chiranjeevi is plain awful in Yamudiki Mogudu.
Intolerable when he’s fighting with both his hands tied behind, insufferable when he’s dancing, inexcusable when he’s romancing the two girls.
Insufferable, whenever he’s on the screen. Period.
To think that this clown is the Supreme Hero or Mega-Star or wateva big shit and lording over the Telugu film industry is unfathomable.
Now, let’s not forget that when Yamudiki Mogudu was made, Chiranjeevi was already a veteran of nearly 100 films (Source: IMDB). So the buffoonish performance this Supreme-shit rendered in Yamudiki Mogudu is unacceptable.
An alien watching this baboon dancing in the Dansu Onsu Moru or the Supreme Hero, Dream Boy garbage would be forgiven for thinking that little distinction exists between humans and apes, but for the missing prehensile tail. One, of course, shouldn’t be surprised if Chiru (as this fella is fondly referred to by his fans) has one neatly rolled up in his loincloth.
As for the girls Radha and Vijayshanti, do you really want us to go there.
With her outrageous cosumes and hideous acting, Radha is a graceless monstrosity, the likes of which has not besmirched the soil of the Telugus in several millennia.
If you subscribe to the theory that people get the movie they deserve, then Yamudiki Mogudu is a dark reflection of the Telugu peoples.
Should you feel like exposing your senses to all that’s vile, you can rent Yamudiki Mogudu from Netflix.
Yamudiki Mogudu – The name itself sounds funny.
Why did you even choose this movie I mean, this abomination?
I’ve seen the Tamil version of it (Athisaya Piravi).
It is painful to see these kind of movies being made and it is even depressing to see them getting remade.
We went with Chiranjeevi since he’s after all the Mega-star in Tollywood.
Plus, Yamudiki Mogudu was one of the few Chiranjeevi movies on Netflix.
When Chiranjeevi did Yamudiki Mogudu, he was already 100-films old.
One would assume that a star with 100 movies behind him would prove entertaining.
Alas, we ASSumed wrong.
btw Radha’s daughter has debuted in Telugu Film Industry… Someone to look for I guess … 😛
We checked her out last night (Hey naughty, we meant the pictures). 😉
No, we’ll pass on her.
These movies fall into so called ‘mass’ category.
It was started by Tollywood (they still continue to churn out maximum of these), then adopted by Tamil, initially by Rajini (though his films were watchable). Then came the young brigade Vijay, Ajith, Vishal etc who started following this religiously in hopes of becoming superstar. In fact earlier Vijay and Ajith movies were good like Kadhaluku Mariyathai, Priyamudan, Vaali etc before they started producing ‘mass’.
I know you are not aware of ‘mass’. Let me tell you. ‘Mass’ is opposite of ‘class’ i.e. it is not supposed to have any logic at all. Audience MUST switch their brains off before entering the theatre, dance jump and awe at the heroism and then come back. There will be heroine for namesake, mainly for songs.
Kandasamy – Attempted class, resulted mass
Aadhavan, Ayan, Shivaji , Perarasu movies – mass
99% of Tollywood – mass
Gautam Menon, Manirathnam movies – class
You write: Let me tell you. â€˜Massâ€™ is opposite of â€˜classâ€™
We think there is only one genre of movies vis-a-vis Kollywood – Not Mass, not Class just CrASS. 😉
Can’t remember the last Tamil movie we enjoyed, be it in a theatre or on DVD.
Kanthaswamy was plain junk.
yamudi ki mogudu! omg! such a painful film….OTT, garish and annoying to the core!!! seriously..
whts up with the selection of movies?? lol…
may i recommend watching Godavari and Kshana kshanam – both classy and decent films, the later one is actually a cult classic. please do watch and review them.
And as far as chiranjeevi goes, well he did show some sparks of acting…especially in K.vishwanath’s (Sangali oli fame director) “aapatbandhavudu”. Nothing path-breaking..but good enough stuff.
You write: may i recommend watching Godavari and Kshana kshanam – both classy and decent films, the later one is actually a cult classic. please do watch and review them.
Netflix doesn’t have Kshana Kshanam or Aapatbandhavudu but they do stock Godavari.
We’re getting Godavari on Tuesday or Wed and will watch/review it since we’re in a Telugu mood these days. 😉
Today, we should get Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard).
great songs, Tabu is good, Ash looks ravishing.
Will watch it next week.
@SI: “If you subscribe to the theory that people get the movie they deserve, then Yamudiki Mogudu is a dark reflection of the Telugu peoples”
It’s a wonderful statement.
Have you seen that piece of junk?
No iruvar review yet ?
No watch yet.
Soon. We swear on Ash. 😉
The titles of your Telugu movie reviews remind me of my school days in Andhra and how our conversations then used to involve words like mathsu, physicsu, englishu, etc.
I was once ordered out of the classroom by my science teacher for shouting out “yessu teacheru” in reply to a yes/no question from her. She obviously saw more disrespect /insubordination than jest in those words.
Since Telugu is relatively new to us, we’re still amused by the dansu onsu moru.
Usage of words like mathsu, physicsu, englishu is not restricted to Andhra schools alone, it is prevalent in Karnataka schools also – for in Kannada too, words end with a â€œooâ€ Haal-u, Jane-u, yenu etc.
It reminds me of a teacher who, boys had nick-named as â€œand then-nuâ€. While explaining the subject, he used to join the sentences with â€œand then-nuâ€ instead of â€œand thenâ€ ( he would say, take 10ml Sodium Chloride and thennu add 2ml Hydrochloric acidu,â€¦)
Boys while giving lame excuses, used to deliberately pause (in order to make him say his punch dialogue) â€œSir, yesterday while playing football I fell down â€¦â€ and invariably our master would ask â€œand then-nuâ€ the boy will continue, â€œI went to the clinic and had it bandagedâ€.
You write: Usage of words like mathsu, physicsu, englishu is not restricted to Andhra schools alone, it is prevalent in Karnataka schools also – for in Kannada too, words end with a â€œooâ€ Haal-u, Jane-u, yenu etc.
The Kandus (as one SI reader referred to the denizens of Karnataka) also have the habit of adding ‘a’ to the names.
Suresh becomes Suresha, Ramesh is Ramesha, Umesh is Umesha and so on.
i have noticed some Kandus putting extra emphasis on R.. or rather like SI said, add an a to the R
Worald of World
Garal for Girl
Must be all that Bisi-Bele Bath they hog…dulled the brains. 😉
Wonder how they pronounce Porn.
“Have you seen that piece of junk?”
Yes. I did.
This film is such a huge hit that people say this is the watershed movie that finally promoted Chiranjeevi to megastar status. This film actually is the first of Chiranjeevi’s middle career, which spanned late 80s’ and most of 90s’.
You write: This film is such a huge hit that people say this is the watershed movie that finally promoted Chiranjeevi to megastar status
Ha ha ha, some watershed moment!
I am positive that it will be “Poran”.. but how will they pronounce “Koran”??
You write: but how will they pronounce “Koran”??
Now, we confess that we’re at a loss as to how the Kannadigas would say out the word but we do know how Srinivas and other BJP acolytes would pronounce it – Jihad. 😉
Correction there – Jihadu.
We standu corrected. 😉
@Vetti : but how will they pronounce â€œKoranâ€??
@ SI: Now, we confess that weâ€™re at a loss as to how the Kannadigas would say out the word
Where the â€œRâ€ is already stressed in the pronunciation of the word, it will be pronounced â€˜Koranâ€ only, nothing more to stress there. But, in my observation, for words where the â€œRâ€ is silent, like â€œIronâ€, you can safely bet they will pronounce it as â€œEye-ranâ€ 🙂
Other idiosyncratic Kannadiga pronunciations: gae-RAGE (garage), BEE-ru (bureau) et al.
Here are a few (the actual list is a very long one) that are peculiar to us Mallus:
simple = simble
office = oh-fis
auto = oh-toe
not = note
cost = coast
quick = kyook
You can catch a lot of these in Mallu action movies of Suresh Gopi and Mammooty where they show off their English skills.
In Telugu Desam, zero is Jiro, according to those who should know.
Zero is “Jeero”
Zebra is “jeebra”
Hyderabad is “hiddera-bad”
In Tamil, Dolly Parton is pronounced Namitha. 😉
i think Hyderabad is “hydheraabaadh”..
“governament” is one my favorites.. that same guy used to say “i-ran” – he is a golti, though.. smart guy, but blissfully unaware(or proud?) of his weird pronunciations.
In Tamil Dolly Parton is pronounced seyarkai, while Namitha is pronounced iyarkai.
Ha ha ha, you talk as if you’ve seen ’em babies at close quarters.
“Excuse me” becomes “es-kiss-me” :))
We like id, mon.
Darwaza bandh hai. 😉
Chiranjeevi is a good actor. Perhaps your tastes are different from ours.
You write: Perhaps your tastes are different from ours.
What is taste. 😉
Taste as an aesthetic, sociological, economic and anthropological concept refers to a cultural patterns of choice and preference. While taste is often understood as a biological concept, it can also be reasonably studied as a social or cultural phenomenon. Taste is about drawing distinctions between things such as styles, manners, consumer goods and works of art. Social inquiry of taste is about the human ability to judge what is beautiful, good and proper.
What about de gustibus non est disputandum?
De gustibus non est disputandum is a Latin maxim. It means â€œthere is no disputing about tastesâ€, and is essentially equivalent to the English expression “there’s no accounting for taste”. The implication is that opinions about matters of taste are not objectively right or wrong, and hence that disagreements about matters of taste cannot be objectively resolved.
What would we do without our Latin guide. 😉