Yogi is a 2007 Telugu action drama film directed by V.V. Vinayak, which has Prabhas and Nayantara paired up for the first time. Ramana Gogula, who composed music for V.V. Vinayak's earlier hit Lakshmi, also composed music for this film. Songs were shot in Canada, Egypt, & Malaysia. The film was dubbed into Tamil as Murattu Thambi and into Malayalam as Yogi and in Hindi as Maa Kasam Badla Lunga by RKD Studios. This film is a remake of the 2005 Kannada film Jogi, which was directed by Prem.
The film released on 12 January 2007 in 225 theatres.
Eeshwar Chandra Prasad (Prabhas) is the son of Ram Murthy (Chalapathi Rao) and Shantamma (Sharada Urvashi). Ram Murthy wants his son to do some job. However, Shantamma pampers Eeshwar very much and hence he doesn't want to leave the village. Ram Murthy dies and in order to fulfil his last wish, Eeshwar goes to the city to earn money on the advice of his friend Basha (Ali), who was a pickpocket. Eeshwar could not meet Basha. On the other hand, Kotaiah (Kota Srinivasa Rao) runs big land mafia in Hyderabad city and a bitter rival of Narsing Pahilwan (Pradeep Rawat). Saidulu (Subbaraju) is Narsing's brother. Once Saidulu hacks Kotaiah and his assistant, when Eeshwar accidentally saves him. Eeshwar gets a job in a tea stall run by Chandranna (Chandra Mohan). He earns good money and purchases two gold bangles for his mother and plans to leave the city. At this juncture, Narsing humiliates Eeshwar for saving Kotaiah and stamps the gold bangles of his mother. Irked over this, Eeshwar kills Narsing in broad day light. As a result, he turns the biggest goon of the city. Meanwhile, Santamma reaches Hyderabad city to that Yogi killed Narsing, Kotaiah wants Yogi to join him, but to no avail. Chandranna encourages Eeshwar who turned Yogi to stay back in the city to save the poor, who gets harassed by the goons. Yogi remains a terror for the goons. So, Kotaiah and Saidulu join hands and hatch a plan to kill Yogi. While trying to carry it out, Yogi kills Saidulu. Nandini is also after Yogi for an interview to complete her practicals. Somehow, she falls in love with him. Though Yogi and Shantamma live in the same city, they could not meet each other. One day, Yogi meets Basha, who reveals that he saw Shantamma.
Though Basha and Santamma go to the address, they could not find him as Eeshar because he is known as Yogi for the people. Shantamma waits for her son in front of a temple, as Basha tells her that Eeshwar is in the habit of visiting the temple on every Monday. But Eeshwar did not turn up on Monday fearing attack by Saidulu's people. Shantamma dies in front of the temple and Basha arranges funeral for her. At this time Yogi comes but fails to have a look at the covered face and helps the orphan body lifters with money for cremation and he even bring flowers and puts on the body of his mother. Yogi is unaware that the body is of his mother's body until it is moved to fire cabin. Basha finally arrives and explains the trauma but it is too late. He realizes the truth only after Nandini shows the belongings of his mother, who came to see him. The film ends with this emotional scene.
Prabhas ... Eeshwar Chandra Prasad alias Yogi
Kota Srinivasa Rao ... Kotaiah, the main villain
Pradeep Rawat ... Narsing Pahilwan, opposition of Kotaiah (guest appearance)
Subbaraju ... Saidulu, younger brother of Narsing
Ali ... Basha, Friend of Yogi
Sharada ... Shantamma, mother of Yogi
Chalapathi Rao ... Ram Moorti
Chandra Mohan ... Chandranna, supporter of Yogi
Rajan P. Dev
Fish Venkat ... Henchman of Yogi
Mumaith Khan in item number "Orori Yogi"
Director: V.V. Vinayak
Screenplay: V.V. Vinayak
Producer: P. Ravidranath Reddy
Music: Ramana Gogula
Background Music: Gurukiran
Cinematography: Sameer Reddy
Editing: Gowtham Raju
Art Director: Chinna
The music of the film was launched on 15 December 2006. The film has six songs composed by Ramana Gogula:
"Dolu Baja" - Shankar Mahadevan
"Orori Yogi" - Karthik & Bangalore Sunitha
"Ye Nomu Nochindo" - Suresh
"Gilli Gichi" - Rajesh & Ganga
"Nee Illu Bangaram" - Tippu & Sunitha
"Gana Gana Gana" - Adnan Sami & Sudha
Despite getting mixed-to-negative reviews, Yogi managed to gross ₹13.12 crores in its opening week, giving Prabhas a very big hit. As of March 2007, grossed a total of ₹25 crores and a share of ₹18 crores.
This is the third film music director Ramana Gogula has not composed background music for. His two earlier films were Lakshmi & Annavaram.
Director V.V. Vinayak had local girls as dancers and they are not supposed to expose. So, they wore body hugging slips under their specially designed costume.
The film heavily resembles the 2005 film Chhatrapati. However, in Chhatrapati, the protagonist searched for his mother. In this film, the protagonist's mother searched for her son. Incidentally, both films star Prabhas in the lead roles.