Banner: 70 MM Entertainment
To throw: Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Suhasini Maniratnam, Rao Ramesh, Anasuya, Posani Krishna Murali, Vinod Kumar and Sachin Khedekar
Cinematography: Sathyan Sooryan
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Art: Monique and Ramakrishna
Producers: Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy
Story, screenplay and direction: Mahi V Raghav
Release date: 08 Feb 2019
The biopics trend is all the rage. After the NTR biopic, we see a biopic on Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy, the former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
As the leader of the opposition, YSR made a journey from Chevella to Ichapuram, a total distance of 1,475 kilometers on foot. This biopic centers around precisely this journey.
Let’s see if Mahi Raghav captured the life of the charismatic leader on screen.
Feeling the odds against his party, Congress Leader Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy decides to take the pada yatra across the state in a do-or-die battle. He begins the journey at Chevella in Ranga Reddy district and ends it at Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district.
He meets representative groups of people, listens to them, sees their difficult situation, observes the conditions and notes each of them. This trip changes everything – the political scenario of Andhra Pradesh as well as its life.
The film ends with him becoming CM and his death.
As we watch, we think no other actor could have been suitable other than Mammootty for the role of YSR. Mammootty owns it, it gets the walk, the dress, the expressions perfectly. He looks as charismatic as YSR was. His performance holds the film.
YSR’s trusted friend Rao Ramesh, KVP, is also a perfect choice. Ashritha, YSR’s wife Vijayamma is also in the right cast.
In other important roles, Posani, Prudhvi, Vijay Chander and Anasuya make their presence felt.
The movie has good music that lifts the mood. The songs are not catchy but served the scenes. The cinematography is correct. The editing is neat.
The artistic work is appreciable despite a limited budget. Using dialogue like “Nenu Vinnanu Nenunnanu” in key places is perfect.
Mammootty as YSR
Moments of emotion
YSR vs high command scenes
Some cinematographic freedoms
Making a biopic on Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy aka YSR, one of Andhra Pradesh’s most popular and charismatic rulers, is a difficult task for any director.
YSR wasn’t a movie star like NT Rama Rao, and he didn’t have any major dramatic incidents in his personal life like the way NTR or Savitri coped (biopics on these two stars have been released). recently).
YSR has had its share of ups and downs in politics, but they weren’t of a dramatic nature. Therefore, Mahi V Raghav focused on the most important phase of YSR’s life, which not only changed the face of Andhra Pradesh, but also made him a Mahaneta in the political sphere of the AP. This is YSR’s famous Pada Yatra.
The director tried to capture the spirit of YSR’s relentless pursuit to improve people’s lives.
The film gets straight to the point. Congress was facing a great crisis. Even YSR had no chance of gaining power if he didn’t do something abnormal.
In this sense, this film shows the opponent (Chandrababu Naidu) realistically by saying that he is powerful. The film also shows that Naidu built an IT infrastructure and a Hitech town but neglected the farmers and the poor.
Mahi V Raghav does not go beyond criticizing this point. He stayed true to YSR’s pada yatra, how he saw the plight of people with his own eyes and how he created plans based on what he saw.
So, the director focused on the positive angle of YSR and didn’t use this platform to slam TDP and Naidu. He also didn’t make this movie as a pamphlet for YS Jagan’s party.
Interestingly enough, Mahi V Raghav turned a political pada yatra into an emotional journey. He elevated the greatness of YSR by creating scenes like YSR dining with a poor woman and experiencing retirement issues.
Scenes like YSR introspecting that they (political leaders) never cared about what people want but strove to get what they want as leaders. Such honesty made this film an honest effort.
As you might expect, the film makes YSR the supreme leader of Congress, distorting some facts about the political life of the time. This is understandable. However, ‘Yatra’ is not exaggerating in glorifying YSR but describes the journey he took as a person to become a great leader.
Three scenes stand out from the film.
1. YSR learns the importance of free medical treatment with the mother of a poor child (played by Kalyani) trying to get money for heart disease treatment.
2. YSR is doing everything possible to defend a poor gendarme who has falsified to obtain Rs 35000 for the education of his son.
3. Ask his assistant to sit down with him for lunch with the congress leaders.
These three scenes brought out YSR’s personality traits.
The laughing aloud scene in the film is when Chandrabbu Naidu’s voice is heard during a phone call. He says “They briefed me” on the phone. Naidu is never shown in the movie but that voice brought down the house. Even though Naidu’s infamous dialogue “They Informed Me” is used in a different context here, it does get a laugh.
Mahi V Raghav as director did this biopic perfectly despite some problems in the second half.
All in all, âYatraâ is a perfect tribute to the life of YSR in general. The film will appeal to all YSR fans and convention officials. For the general public, it makes a decent watch as it portrays an important political event in the combined state of Andhra Pradesh.
More than politics, emotional streaks work well for everyone.
At the end of the line : Emotional journey