|Directed by||Ravi Raja Pinisetty|
|Written by||Satyanand (story & dialogue)|
|Story by||Dynamic Movie Makers|
|Produced by||G. V. Narayana Rao|
Kota Srinivasa Rao
Allu Rama Lingaiah
Rao Gopal Rao
Gollapudi Maruthi Rao
|Cinematography||K. S. Hari|
|Edited by||M. Vellai Swamy|
Dynamic Movie Makers
|Distributed by||Geetha Arts|
|29 April 1988|
|Box office||₹5 crores(equivalent to ₹86 crores in 2016)|
Yamudiki Mogudu (transl. Overlord to Yama) is a 1988 Telugu-language fantasy film, directed by Ravi Raja Pinisetty, starring Chiranjeevi, Vijayashanti, Radha and Kota Srinivasa Rao. This film was dubbed into Hindi as Chiranjeevi (1991) and remade in Tamil as Athisaya Piravi (1990). The film was recorded as an Industry Hit at the box office and was the highest-grossing film of 1988.
Kaali (Chiranjeevi) is a small town goon who helps his neighbourhood with his earnings. He is good at heart and is loved by everyone in town. He works for Kotayya (Kota Srinivasa Rao), whose rival is Gollapudi. Once, when he goes to warn Gollapudi, he meets and falls in love with Radha (Radha), Gollapudi's daughter. When they decide to marry even without Gollapudi's consent, he gets Kaali killed in an accident and Kaali goes to hell.
There, he challenges Yama (Kaikala Satyanarayana) that he was brought wrongly and catches Chitragupta (Allu Rama Lingaiah) red-handed for cheating. To correct the mistake, Yama and Chitragupta leave for Earth to find Kaali's body so he can return to Earth. Unfortunately Kaali's body has been cremated and Kaali refuses to enter another body. However, Yama and Chitragupta convince him to enter into the body of a person that is identical to him. Kaali refuses, taking heed to a warning by Vichitragupta (Velu). They then show him Balu (Chiranjeevi) in a village and tell him it is his last option.
Kaali learns that Balu was a soft-spoken and non-confrontational man who was often ill-treated by his family. Vijayashanti is his love interest. Balu's relatives plan to kill him on his 25th birthday as they have to hand over his property. This is when Kaali's soul is put into Balu's body and he plays black and blue with them. However, he remembers his own life once he sees Kotayya's photo in a newspaper and returns to the city. The rest of the plot is woven on how he balances the two lives and two girls, until Yama sees his determination and willingness to save all the people he loves.
- Rao Gopala Rao
- Kaikala Satyanarayana
- Kota Srinivasa Rao
- Gollapudi Maruti Rao
- Allu Rama Lingaiah
- Prasad Babu
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Ekku Bandekku Mava"||Mano, P. Susheela||4:21|
|2.||"Vanajallu Gillutunte"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:43|
|3.||"Kanne Pillatoti"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki||4:45|
|4.||"Andam Hindolam"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela||4:47|
|5.||"Bahusha Ninu"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela||4:26|
|6.||"No No Natyamida"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, P. Susheela||3:10|
The movie became an industry hit, collecting over 5.6 crore in share[clarification needed] alone and thus becoming the first Telugu movie to collect a share of over 5 crores.