Starring : Mammootty,Jagapati Babu, Suhasini
Director : Mahi V. Raghav
Producers : Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy
Music Director : K Krishna Kumar
Cinematographer : Sathyan Sooryan
Editor : A. Sreekar Prasad
Yatra is one film which is being awaited eagerly as it is the biopic of late Rajasekhar Reddy. Mammootty plays YSR in this film which has hit the screens today. Let’s see how it is.
The story is all about YSR played by Mammootty and how he went on a Padayatra before the historical 2004 elections. The film showcases what problems did YSR face in his journey and how he won the elections victoriously.
Plus Points :
There was a lot of hue and cry when the makers chose Mammootty to play YSR. But boy, he is the heart and soul of the film. The national award winning actor has given one of his best performances and elevates YSR in a emotional manner. Be it his dubbing, body language or the manner in which he showcases the pain throughout the film is superb and is the main stay of Yatra. No one other than Mammootty could have played this role better.
What Impresses you even more in Yatra is the emotional thread which is maintained throughout the film. The audience will completely connect to these lovely emotions as they are real and showcase human values in a gritty manner. Rao Ramesh as KVP is superb and ably supports Mammootty in the film.
Jagapathi Babu is neat as Raja Reddy and so was Sachin Khedekar as the senior congressman. The small tiff’s between YSR and the congress leaders have been showcased in an gripping manner. The actress who played YSR’s wife is top notch.
Dialogues need a special mention as the film is filled with meaningful monologues reflecting the pain which the comman man faces in his daily life. The manner in which YSR introduces all the policies like Arogyasri have been established through some emotional scenes which will move you to tears.
Minus Points :
As the film is an emotional journey of YSR many might get a feel that it is a clear propaganda film. Also, the digs taken at TDP party should have been avoided as there was absolutely no need of those scenes which show TDP in a bad light.
The film is devoid of all commercial aspects and today’s younger generation who is least bothered about the past might find the film slow and boring at times.
Technical Aspects :
After watching the film you clearly understand that a lot of research has been done for the film as real life incidents have been brought to life in a beautiful manner. Production values by Vijay Chilla are top notch as the film looks real and is rooted. This set up has been elevated by superb camera work which justifies and shows the Padayatra in a magnanimous manner.
As said earlier, dialogues elevate the film to another level altogether. Music by K is decent but his background score is terrific as every scene in the film is given a soul through his music. The production design, casting, locations chosen, are perfect and bring an authentic vibe to the film. Special credit should go to the dubbing department for working hard on Mammotty’s dubbing and diction which is spot on.
Coming to the director Mahi V Raghav, he has given his life and made the film in a superb manner. Mahi catches on to the emotional aspect of YSR’s political journey and the rest of the scenes follow just like water. The manner in which he uses Mamootty’s charisma and showcases him in a magnanimous way makes the film click big time. After a point you forget it is a political film and what hits you are the moving emotions.
One the whole, Yatra lives up to all the expectations laid upon it. The film is an emotional tribute to YSR and showcases his historical Yatra in a moving and realistic manner. The film is not a regular political potboiler and will surely draw mixed reactions from various sections of the audience. But such realistic biopics which show the harsh realities of life need to be encouraged. Box office wise, we need to see how the film does but Mammootty nails it as YSR and takes you on an engaging journey of human emotions which arrest you completely. Recommend
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