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After Mahanati's resounding success, Tollywood has developed a sweet spot for biopics. Recently, NTR Kathanyakudu hit the theatres and now it is Yatra's turn to grace the screens. Yatra, on the life of YS Rajashekar Reddy, directed by Mahi V Raghav, is a film that shows a series of events that took place in 2003 and how it changed the course of politics in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
Right from trailers and interviews, Mahi and Mammootty made it clear that Yatra is not a biopic on the life of late CM YS Rajashekar Reddy (YSR). The film, in simple words, concentrates on the iconic padayatra he took and how it propelled him to become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
YSR's padayatra is indeed a monumental moment in Andhra Pradesh's politics. In 2003, Congress had the upper hand and other political parties (including YSR's) were facing the crunch. YSR's idea to begin his padayatra turned the tables and eventually, he bet all odds to become the messiah of the people.
Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Sudheer Babu, Suhasini Maniratnam, Ashrita Vemuganti, Rao Ramesh, Anasuya Bharadwaj
Directed by: Mahi V. Raghav
Produced by: Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy
Written by: Mahi V. Raghav
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Edited by: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company: 70mm Entertainments
Release date: February 8, 2019
Yatra' is undoubtedly a one-man show by Mammootty, He to step into the shoes of YSR is a bold choice and a successful one as well. He brings his own charisma and experience to the role. Mammootty, in several interviews, has said that he hasn't imitated YSR and it has worked in his favor.
Any film for that matter, let alone biopics, is in need of a powerful antagonist. In this case, Mahi Raghav fails to showcase the opposition political parties and their reaction towards YSR's rise as a probable Chief Minister. It would have given a new dimension to Yatra; but no, Mahi has safely stayed away from it.
Mammootty's performance is refined and he does not have to mouth page-long dialogues to hold the viewer's attention. However, the second half of the film forces him to mouth inspirational quotes one after another.
Jagapathi Babu's remarkable performance is an eye feast to watch.
Suhasini delivered a spectacular performance. She is perfect for her role.
Ashrita Vemuganti wonderfully portrayed her character. Rao Ramesh's phenomenal performance adds more strength to the film.
Anasuya Bharadwaj delivered a remarkable performance and had justified her character. Posani Krishna Murali is too good for his role. Sachin Khedekar performed extraordinarily well. The rest of the cast also made their presence felt.
The production values by 70 Mm Entertainment banner are luxurious. We can say that the producers haven't compromised on the quality of the film and invested a decent amount in the film.
K has given some pleasant tunes which elevated the emotional scenes well. His BGM is also really good.
Cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan is appreciable. He has produced sleek visuals for the film. His camera angles are perfect.
Editing by A Sreekar Prasad is clean.
Overall, if Mahi had avoided making the second half of the film a documentary, Yatra could've been a memorable journey.
Yatra is definitely a Political Motive film which can be evident from the fact the makers took a jibe at TDP and also added few visuals saying that Jagan is imminent to carry YSR legacy. It should cater to the political needs of YSR Congress and will satisfy the fans who see YSR as a God. But the other classes of the audience will find it boring and devoid of commercial aspects. They will find it difficult to sit through as if they are watching a documentary.
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