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Producers: Vijay Chillar, Sashi Devi Reddy
Director: Mahi V Raghav
Cast: Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Suhasini, Ashrita Vemuganti, Rao Ramesh, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Posani Krishna Murali, Sachin Khedekar and others
YSR ( Mammootty), powerful leader in the Congress party in Rayalaseema region is branded as a rebel inside the party when he goes against the High Command's decisions.
He never bows down but with his party on the opposition and the ruling Mana Desam party and the wily CM taking them by surprise advancing the assembly elections, cash strapped and powerless YSR stares at political extinction.
YSR, with many seniors working against him and high command angry with his dictatorial ways, decides to undertake Padayatra across the state of Andhra Pradesh.
To find out whether YSR realized his father Raja Reddy's (Jagapathy Babu) dream of becoming a Chief Minister, enjoy Yatra on silver screen.
Mammootty slipped into the role effortlessly. He with his screen presence, body language, expressions, emotions and dialogue delivery elevated the film to another level. One cannot imagine Yatra-YSR biopic without Mammootty. Though he didn't resemble YSR (YS.Rajasekhar Reddy), he with his mannerisms spellbound all.
Rao Ramesh as YSR soul KVP. Ramachandra Rao supported him quite well. Ashrita Vemuganti as YSR's wife Y. S. Vijayamma looked strikingly similar.
Others like Posani, Sachin Khedekar, Prudhvi, Anasuya, Duha sini performed according to their roles.
K 's music and songs are situational. Though they are ok, at times slowed the pace of the film. His background music gelled well with the plot creating good impact.
Sreekar Prasad's editing is good but could have been better in the second half as few scenes dragged the film. Sathyan Sooryan's cinematography is good and gave the realistic feel to the viewers.
Mahi V Raghav could have added few more twists and turns and could have avoid distortion of facts to be more realistic. Production values are good.
Few dialogues, couple of scenes
Lack of twists
Distortion of facts
Overdose of emotional scenes
Documentary style narration
Mahi V Raghav who decided to showcase the Padayatra episode in former Chief Minister YSR which played a key role in him coming to power start off on an interesting note. However after sometime it went on a predictable manner with YSR shown as a dissident in the party. Though to some extent it was true, in the film he was shown as an out and out rebel taking on the high command. First half ends with good interval bang.
When many expected few twists and turns in the second half, Mahi concentrated on highlighting the emotions and sentiments. He showed YSR fighting more against his own party rather than against the ruling party. He has taken many cinematic liberties, twisting few facts and though this may attract YSR fans, movie lovers will find it hard to digest.
Overall Yatra is only for YSR fans and acts as a tool for Jagan to campaign in the upcoming elections. Mahi attracted with his screenplay and direction. He could have worked more on the story and the script for better impact.
Yatra - Only for YSR supporters.
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