South Megastar Mammootty, who has given many hit Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films throughout his career, is all set to rule the box office with his movie Yatra which has hit the theaters today on Feb 8th. The biographical drama has been directed by Mahi V. Raghav and is based on the life of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009, representing Indian National Congress.
Coming to details, Looks like the recently released Telugu movie has already impressed the audience as many have taken to social media and written positive comments for the film.
The film Yatra story begins somewhere in 2003 when YSR, then Congress legislative party leader, plans for a Padayatra as a last weapon to take on the incumbent TDP, and also to checkmate other contenders (for CM post) within the party. Movie showcases his padayatra, victory in general elections and ends as he takes oath as a chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in 2004.
The Massive film starts off with engaging scenes to establish YSR’s character. It was shown that in 2003 YSR struggled to come up with a strategy on how to deal with then ruling Telugu Desam Party which appeared very strong. As a last option he takes up a 60 day padayatra which touches base of every district with the main route covering cities, towns and villages.
After a good start, first half moves on sluggishly till interval. Chandrababu Naidu's infamous "They briefed me "(Vote for Note) audio tape from 2015 has been used for a 2003 dated context very effectively. For this scene, everyone in the theater burst out laughing. As padayatra begins, people come to YSR and tell their grievances and moved by their suffering YSR declares 'Free power to farmers' scheme if he comes to power.
The South Superstar is very good as YSR, but appeared too subtle for YSR’s actual character. Rao Ramesh as KVP fits the bill, other characters have no much presence. The actress who played YSR’s wife Vijayamma garu role acted well
First two scenes
Climax (TV and Youtube Visuals though) for hardcore fans
Direction and slow pace
Overtry of sentiment scenes
Political pitch ruins cinematic experience
People may feel watching Sakshi TV's program on YSR's Jayanti / Vardhanti