Cast: Mammootty, Rao Ramesh, Suhasini, and others
Banner: 70MM Entertainments
Producers: Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devireddy
Story, Screenplay, and Direction: Mahi V Raghav
Cinematographer: Sathyan Sooryan
Editor: Srikar Prasad
Release Date: Feb 8th, 2019
The moment makers of Yathra roped in Malayali Superstar Mammootty to essay the role of YS Rajashekar Reddy huge expectations piled up on this project. After the pre-release event in which many hard-core YSR fans expressed their love towards the great leader, expectations hit the cliff and makers didn’t leave any stones unturned regarding this biopic. Amidst high expectations this film hit the screens all over the world today. Fans of YSR and YSRCP party cadre and general cinema lovers waited eagerly for this moment. Let’s see how director Mahi V Raghav presented YSR on the silver screen.
The main story revolves around the historic “Padayathra” which changed the political equations in the year 2004. How YSR moved by the locals at his constituency which led him to take up Padayathra? How he took decisions against High Command? How “Mana Desham” party played crooked politics to save their ruling position? How YSR was moved by the most common yet most disturbing problem of the poor people in the state? How different political institutions and famous politicians played their respective roles during that particular time period.
Malayali Megastar Mammootty tried his best to essay the role of YSR. He gave his hundred percent for the character He didn’t try to mimic the YSR in any way. He could have imitated YSR easily, but he chose not to imitate one of the greatest leaders AP has ever seen. Nonetheless, to say, Yathra is completely Mammootty’s show.
Rao Ramesh played KVP Rama Chandra Rao in the film and he did his best. Anasuya Bharadwaj, Suhasini, Jagapathi Babu, Posani Krishna Murali, and every other actor gave their best for the film.
Director Mahi V Raghav utilized the most obvious cinematic techniques to enhance the experience of the complete journey. However, he mainly concentrated on how YSR invented his schemes during the Padayatra. Emotional quotient in the film overflowed the bowl.
K’s music is one that uplifted the grandness of the film. His background scores perfectly synced the film and all the songs in the film are good.
Srikar Prasad’s Editing could have been better. Sooryan cinematography is mediocre
Mahi V Raghav who directed Anandho Bramha under the same banner helmed this project as well. He recently expressed his love visuals are not up to the mark.
Production values are top notch. 70 MM Entertainments banner one more time proved that they are no less than all big production companies in the industry.
1. Mammootty’s performance
2. Emotional sequences in the film
1. Slow Narration in the second half
2. Missing some of the prominent characters.
3. The ending could have been better.
Finally: Mahi V Raghav delivered one of the best biopics in recent times. However, the inclusion of some characters and adding some plot twists could make Yathra a flawless biopic.
Bottom Line: Yathra: The most emotional journey we will ever have in any theatre for any cinema.