Yatra is billed as a biopic that focuses on the historical padayatra taken up by former Chief Minister of the Andhra Pradesh, Y .S . Rajasekhar Reddy. Legendary actor Mammootty is returning to Telugu cinema after a long gap with this film. Directed by Mahi V Raghav, this film has caught the attention of everyone in political spectrum as well as movie buffs for the intriguing trailers and teasers.
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.
Yatra movie 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.
As second half starts, Rajasekhar reddy’s personality has been highlighted as a changed person (from angry man to a composed one) . Even opposition party leaders start praising YSR for his makeover. Many biopics in Telugu and in other languages stick to the facts or project the protagonist as good they’re originally! YATRA film did not stop at it, but unabashedly taken a different approach. The team constantly attempted to fetch political mileage to present day YSRCP by showing Congress high command in bad light, and also by criticizing TDP as and when possible.