Yatra 2, the sequel to the acclaimed film “Yatra,” which chronicled the political rise of YS Rajasekhar Reddy, has generated intrigue among cinephiles and the political sphere. Let’s take a closer look at its merits and demerits.
The story revolves around YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (Jiiva), who embarks on the Odarpu Yatra to console the families affected by his father’s tragic helicopter crash. Despite facing opposition from Madam (Suzanne Bernert) and the Progress Party, Jagan remains determined. The film portrays his struggles and obstacles on his journey to becoming Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister in 2019.
The performances in the film are commendable. Mammootty makes a brief appearance, reprising his role as YS Rajasekhar Reddy. Jiiva’s portrayal of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is impressive, and Suzanne Bernert’s resemblance to Sonia Gandhi adds to her compelling portrayal of Madam. Ketaki Narayan and Ashrita Vemuganti Nanduri deliver excellent performances as YS Bharati and Vijayamma, respectively. Mahesh Manjrekar’s portrayal of Chandrababu Naidu is also satisfactory, and Subhalekha Sudhakar’s presence adds strength to the story.
The technical aspects of the film are top-notch. Santosh Narayan’s music contributes significantly to the film’s mood, and Madhie’s cinematography is commendable. The dialogue writing shines in certain areas.
Highlights of the film include the impactful dialogues, the first half of the film, Jiiva’s performance, and Subhalekha Sudhakar’s presence. However, the second half of the film feels loosely packed and lacks emotions in key scenes.
Director Mahi V Raghav skillfully blends actual events with imaginative sequences to create a compelling narrative. However, it should be noted that political films may have limited appeal due to their alignment with the protagonist’s ideology. Nonetheless, the film succeeds in portraying the intergenerational transfer of a father’s legacy to his son while establishing the son’s own unique path.
Overall, “Yatra 2” is a well-crafted political drama that effectively captures the struggles and triumphs of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Cinemirchi.com Rating 3/5