It started with “Yamagola” way back in 1977 and since then many movies were made in Tollywood with Yama-centric story. Given the success of the concept at the box office, moviemakers continue to make more, though with changes, including the actors, plot, technology, etc.

Such is the craze for these movies that two films “Yamudiki Mogudu” and “Yamaho Yama” are set to hit silver screen in a few days. Many top heroes, including late N.T.R, Chiranjeevi, Junior N.T.R achieved success with these films.

In fact, comedian Ali got his first commercial hit with “Yamaleela” in 1994. Recently, Ravi Teja came up with “Daruvu” and following suit, now, young heroes too are trying their luck at the box office with these socio-fantasy movies.

Allari Naresh stars in “Yamudiki Mogudu”, while popular director Puri Jagannadh’s brother, Sairam Shanker is banking on “Yamaho Yama” for a hit. Directed by E. Satti Babu, Allari Naresh movie retains the title of Chiranjeevi’s 1988 blockbuster “Yamudiki Mogudu”.

Going by the box office collections, all the movies right from Yamagola, Yamudiki Mogudu, Yamaleela, Yamadonga were all big hits. These films offer lot of entertainment and perhaps that’s the reason even Vijayasanthi acted in E.V.V Satyanarayana’s “Magarayudu” in 1995, says M. Swamy, founder of Drushyam.net website.

As these movies revolve around the roles of Yama and Chitragupta, many actors have grabbed the opportunities to play these roles. The pair of K. Satyanarayana and Allu Ramalingaiah still stands out and their performances in these characters are cherished by many.

Mohan Babu too performed as Yama in Junior N.T.R starrer “Yamadonga” and in the latest movies, Srihari and Siyaji Sinde are playing the same roles.

Apart from the star cast, these films have all the ingredients such as comedy, action, romance, sentiment etc, which attract viewers. For producers, these stories always fetch good collections and that’s the reason many films were made and would be made in the future as well, adds B. Ramakrishna, general secretary of Andhra Pradesh Cine-goers Association.

With the super success of movies with ‘Yama’ character, many new actors are trying their luck in the role

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