Release date : February 08, 2019
CB Rating : 3.25/5
Starring : Mammootty,Jagapati Babu, Suhasini,
Director : Mahi V. Raghav
Producers : Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy
Music Director : K Krishna Kumar
Cinematographer : Sathyan Sooryan
Editor : A. Sreekar Prasad
Yatra, the much-awaited biopic on former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh YS Rajashekar Reddy has hit the theaters today. Let’s check what worked and what didn’t for the film.
Yatra takes off with the fearless and daring character establishment of Congress leader YSR(Mammootty). After seeing public sufferings at a few random incidents, YSR decides to take up Padhayatra in the entire state ahead of 2004 general elections. What kind of challenges he will face in the meantime? How will he emerge as a mass leader in public and as a power center in Congress party? To know this, you have to watch the film in theaters near you.
The rise of YSR in his party and his control over party activities are shown with interesting proceedings. YSR’s decision to take up Padayatra and his interaction will public during his 68-day walk in the state are been executed on an engaging note. Which situations lead YSR to introduce various schemes like free electricity to farmers and 108 services are explained on a detailed note.
Mammootty, who reprised YSR lived in the role and tried to give his best with settled performance. His screen presence and Telugu dubbing are also added advantage for the film. Climax sequence which showcases the real death visuals of YSR are heart touching and emotionally connects with his followers.
After a few character establishment scenes, the film’s pace drops with slow proceedings. Though the proceedings are slow, the first half of the film ends up on a decent but the latter half narration lacks proper punch in it.
The film is an out and out trumpet card to YSR and exposes the importance of YSRCP in Andhra by showcasing Chandra Babu Naidu in dark side which in unnecessary for the point the makers have chosen to narrate. Lack of commercial elements in the film may also not go well with the general audience.
Director Mahi V Raghav succeeded in narrating the film by taking YSR’s epic Padayatra as the theme point. His dialogues which elevate YSR’s image in party and public are written well. But if he would have stick to the point and narrated the proceedings by re-checking the facts the result would have been universal. Editing work is good as the film’s runtime is hardly 2 hours. Cinematography by Sathyan Sooryan is adequate. Music by K is nice as a few montage songs in the film will have emotional appeal. Production values by 70mm Entertainments are impressive.
All over, Yatra showcases the rise of YSR’s image in the public and party during his Padhayatra in the that united Andhra Pradesh. Mammootty lived in the role of YSR and brings depth to the proceedings but lack of commercial elements and a few dragged scenes in the second half may not go well with the general audience but YSR’s followers and Jagan party supporters will surely enjoy the film.