Movie Name: Yatra 2
Release Date: February 08, 2024
Starring: Mammootty, Jiiva, Ketaki Narayan, Suzanne Bernert, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ashrita Vemuganti Nanduri
Director: Mahi V Raghav
Producer: Shiva Meka
Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan
Editor: Shravan Katikaneni
www.moviemanthra.com; rating: 3.25/5
Yatra 2, the sequel to the biographical political drama released five years ago, ventures into the post-election scenario of 2009 Andhra Pradesh with decent expectations. Check out the film’s review here.
Set against the backdrop of the 2009 AP election campaign following the demise of Chief Minister Rajashekara Reddy (Mammootty), the narrative delves into the journey of Jagan Mohan Reddy (Jiiva), encompassing his political ascent and personal life. Why did Jagan do Padayatra? Was the Padayatra successful? What happens in the end? Forms the story of the film.
Director Mahi V Raghav crafts a narrative that unfolds seamlessly, with a commendable grip on storytelling and screenplay. Jiiva delivers a respectable performance, convincingly capturing the essence of Jagan within the limitations of his portrayal. Mammootty shines with his emotionally charged dialogues, particularly in his interactions with the public.
Mahi V Raghav effectively realizes his vision but could have amplified emotional resonance in the narrative. The casting director deserves praise for aptly selecting the cast, while Santhosh Narayanan’s music elevates the viewing experience. Shravan Katikaneni’s editing and Madhie’s cinematography contribute to the film’s visual appeal. However, the second half’s pacing feels sluggish due to the screenplay.
While the story is crafted skillfully, there’s a missed opportunity to delve deeper into significant events in YS Jagan’s life, both political and personal. The film lacks emotional connection in crucial sequences involving Jagan’s family and public interactions. Yatra 2 offers a sincere portrayal of YS Jagan’s personal and political journey after his father’s demise. Mammootty and Jiiva deliver commendable performances, supported by Santhosh Narayanan’s stellar music. While ardent followers may appreciate it as a definitive biographical political drama, general audiences may find it a good watch.
Punchline: Yatra 2 Is an Inspiring Biographical Drama!