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Yatra Movie Review

Cast: Mammootty, Jagapathi Babu, Suhasini, Sudheer Babu, Rao Ramesh, Sachin Khedekar, and others
Director: Mahi V Raghav
Producers: Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy
Release date: 8th February 2019

Adding to the long list of biopics being made in Tollywood these days, here comes ‘Yatra’, a biopic on YS Rajasekhar Reddy, the chief minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.

Unlike ‘NTR’, and ‘Mahanati, Yatra isn’t like the biopic of legendary celebrities who enjoyed an immense fan following and had dramatic moments in their respective lives worth telling. It is the biopic of a politician who didn’t belong to the glamour industry but has earned a charm of his own.

Story:

‘Yatra’ primarily focuses on YSR’s historic foot march (padayatra) that helped him to defeat the powerful TDP and put Congress back into power after over a decade. The movie also showcases the problems faced by YSR in his journey and how he won the elections victoriously and ends as he takes oath as a chief minister of Andhra Pradesh in 2004.

Analysis:

The movie starts off with some engaging scenes to establish YSR’s character. His struggle and strategy to dethrone the TDP which appeared undefeatable are presented well.

After a decent beginning, the movie gets sluggish towards the interval and picks up during the first few minutes of the second half. YSR’s change in approach from an arrogant leader to a composed man attracts everyone including the opposition. However, as the movie goes on it becomes a testing time for the general audience as the director tried to portray YSR as God-like human.

The director also tried to blame and criticize TDP and Congress in every way possible and distorted some facts to glorify YSR and Jagan to an extent.

Positives:


First two scenes
“They briefed me “satire
Two emotional songs
Climax (TV and Youtube Visuals though) for hardcore fans

Negatives:

Documentary styled direction and slow pace
Overtry of sentiment scenes
Political pitch ruins cinematic experience
At times one may feel watching Sakshi TV’s program on YSR’s Jayanti /
Vardhanti

Verdict:

On the whole, with a decent first half, and a below average second half, ‘Yatra’ is a film made for the hardcore followers of YSR. Though it may appeal to them due to emotional bonding, the movie may not appeal to the general audience.

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