Yatra, the semi-biopic on former Chief Minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh YS Rajasekhara Reddy has generated positive buzz all over. Directed by Mahi V Raghav, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s check how it is.
Yatra mainly deals with YSR’s iconic 68-day Padayatra during the 2004 general elections in undivided Andhra Pradesh. How he instilled hope among the public in this journey? Which aspects made him the Messiah of the masses? How did he emerge as a bankable politician in his party? This is being narrated with enough emotional drama in the film.
Director Mahi V Raghav’s idea of making a film by taking YSR’s iconic Padayatra as the theme point in good and he succeeded in writing a nice screenplay by inserting heart touching emotions at regular intervals. His dialogues are a major plus for the film as they elevate YSR’s image and his daring character. The film showcases the importance of various welfare schemes introduced by YSR and a proper reason behind implementing them.
Coming to the lead actors performance, veteran Mollywood star Mammootty perfectly fitted into the role of YSR and delivered a settled performance throughout the film. He carried the film on his shoulders with his commendable screen presence. Jagapathi Babu as YS Raja Reddy did a convincing job. All other artists, who portrayed the real-life characters of YSR’s close associates did their job decently.
Plus Points :
Emotional connect in the narration
Mammootty’s acting and his screen presence
Minus Points :
Lack of commercial elements
A bit lagged second half
A few unnecessary scenes on opposition party
All in all, Yatra is a walk-in into the epic journey of YSR’s 68-day Padayatra during 2004 elections. The film addresses YSR’s emotional connect with the masses and gives a detailed presentation behind why he announced various welfare schemes. YSR’s followers will surely like it but for the regular audience, it may end up as an average fare. Yet another point to be noticed is that, as the film is a biopic with no commercial elements and has a few unnecessary scenes targeting opposition party, we need to wait and see whether it gets a universal acceptance or not.
Rating : 3.5/5