YSR goes onto do a Padayatra before the General Elections in 2004. The film is all about his experiences with different sections of public and their burning issues. The story narrates how those problems changed YSR as a Person and how he solved their problems with different schemes forms the rest.
While Mammootty is first announced for the role of YSR, there are lot of inhibitions but then the Superstar lived in the role and nobody else could have pulled it off better. Rao Ramesh and Sachin Khedekar get prominent roles and are good. Ashritha is good as Vijayamma. Supporting cast are adequate.
Yatra is not a Biopic of YSR and is more an event-based film which revolves around the Padayatra. Be it fiction or real, the director was able to sustain the emotions and interest till the end. But at the end of the day, it is a film of YSR and is Political Propaganda. The level of reception will depend on which side you are. It may not appeal to those who do not like him or agree with politics. Many episodes are exaggerated to elevate him and show Congress and TDP parties in poor light.
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