Average Critics Rating: 3
Average Critics Rating: 3
Yatra Movie Review and Rating
It has been raining biopics for past two years. Mahanati, NTR Kathanayakudu and now Yatra, the biopic on most leader, YS Rajasekhara Reddy. The movie focuses on his Padayatra and rise to power in the successive elections.
YSR (Mammootty) is most revered politician hailing from Rayalaseema region. Story begins when he was opposition leader in 2003. He soon gains popularity across state and becomes people’s choice for CM. YSR doesn’t obey to High Command and party rules. He is against nepotism.
Ruling party calls for early elections fearing anti-incumbancy. Opposition lacks enough resources to fight early polls. YSR sets on Padayatra (Walkathon) across state to learn public grievances. On his journey, he learns that people are suffering with lack of basic necessaties. He goes against all odds as ruling party creates hurdles in his yatra.
He realizes farmers woes, struggles of parents to educate children, poor dying unable to get medical treatment etc. He comes up with welfare policies like Jala Yagnam, Aahara Badratha, Fees reimbursement and Arogya Sri. YSR goes against high command and announces his own candidates list. He wins the election with bumper majority and takes oath as CM.
Yatra is journey of YSR into the people’s hearts. The film depicts how he comes across people’s real problems and the inception of his famous policies. Yatra has interesting script with high points.
The film is made on shoe-string budget and production values are poor. Some elevation points and goose bump moments don’t get registered due to weak technical standards. However, Mammootty’s brilliant performance overcomes all the shortfalls.
Mahi V Raghava could have dealt the subject more cinematically with mass appealing elements rather than keeping honest to the biopic that it appears a documentary.
Realistic portrayal of incidents and emotionally charging scenes keep the audience engaged. Some whistle worthy dialogues haunt us for long.
The emotional scenes releated to farmers will leave audience teary eyed. The dialogues Karyakarthala tharvathae party aina party pedhalaina”,”Nenu Vinnanu , Nenu Vunnanu” are clap worthy dialogues.
Mammootty brings YSR to live with his riveting performance. His dialogue delivery too is good. Mammootty’s performance as YSR is unbelievable as he slips into the legend’s skin. Jagapathi Babu as Raja Reddy is decent.
Rao Ramesh is apt as KVP Ramachandra Rao. Jeeva, Posani Krishna Murali, Prudhvi bring some laughs. Anasuya as Seema leader, Suhasini as Sabita Indra Reddy add star value to the cast. Ashrita is good as Vijayamma. Chandrababu Naidu’s voice alone features in the film. Interestingly, he’s refered as Big Boss.
The movie is not great in terms of technical aspects. The poor post-production works and actors over-action will test audience patience in theaters. Director has stuck to the point of showcasing only the points that he wanted to show.
Emotional content, dialogues are plus points. The bonus for the movie is the climax scene is leaving audience in a emotionally as the maker have used the original videotape in showing what happened at Pavuralagutta.
Especially songs ‘Nee raaka kosam’, ‘Pallello kala undi’ these are the best in the movie. The BGM is a backdrop for the film. The DOP work could have been better.
Bottom-line: Befitting tribute to YSR
Cast: Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Anasuya, Suhasini Mani Ratnam and others
Director: Mahi V. Raghav
Screenplay: Mahi V. Raghav
Music : K Krishna Kumar
Banner: 70mm Entertainments
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