Yatra 2 Movie Review

BOTTOM LINE
Suddapoosa Biopic!

OUR RATING
2/5

CENSOR
U, 2h 12m


Jeeva-Yatra-2-Movie-ReviewWhat Is the Film About?

Yatra 2 begins with YS Rajasekhara Reddy (Mammootty) introducing his son Jagan Mohan Reddy (Jiiva) to the people as Kadapa MP candidate. It progresses to the events after YSR’s death – how Jagan defied Congress high command and floated his own party, his jail life, 2014 electoral defeat, and ends with Jagan becoming the Chief Minister in the 2019 elections.

Performances

Mammooty continues where he left in Yatra. Jiiva is a perfect fit as YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. He got his act perfect in getting to the skin of character. The mannerisms and the style of delivering speeches were perfectly mimicked. The characters who played YS Vijaya Lakshmi and Bharathi are good fit looks-wise. They are fine in whatever are expected from their limited characters. Subhalekha Sudhakar plays a role that is close to YSR but remains in Congress Party. He is used to giving some elevation dialogues now and then to Jagan. Sachin Kedkar plays a character in the coterie of Congress high command. The artists who played Chandrababu Naidu and Sonia Gandhi are poor. The selection is poor and so are their character arcs. Probably, that is intentional too.


Director-Mahi-RaghavAnalysis

Mahi V Raghav is the director of Yatra 2. Make no mistakes both Yatra and Yatra 2 are propaganda films. But then, Yatra is more an organic propaganda that is helped by Mammotty playing YSR and also the fact people tend to be less critical of those who are no more. But then, it is a different case with Yatra 2.

Mahi V Raghav once again got the casting of the lead character right and some other characters. But Yatra 2 does not tread the path of the first part because of its intention and familiarity. The movie spans from 2009 to 2019. Right from Jagan floating his own party to 2019 victory, all the events are well-known to everyone. The first half holds a certain degree of interest when the events are not familiar. A certain cinematic sentiment scenes with good dialogues.

The agenda of the film becomes clear right after that. The writing is solely targeted to elevate Jagan at any expense and demeaning Chandrababu Naidu and Sonia Gandhi. There is every attempt to whitewash Jagan’s wrongs and elevate him with some good dialogues. For an instance, everyone is aware of Sharmila’s hardwork for Jagan when he is in jail, the character is totally removed to fit into current events. Vijaya Lakshmi’s role is also limited while Bharathi’s role is clearly extended.

The infamous signatures collecting campaign was twisted to suit Jagan’s version. The massive alleged corruption cases were also white-washed. In fact, there is no Sakshi in the film that is the center of all these cases. The director could not even mention that YSRCP won 15 out of 18 seats in 2012 By-elections, Vijaya Lakshmi’s defeat, and Nandhyala By-election debacle.

Leaving aside the agenda and propaganda for a moment, the second half is highly problematic. The director had too much to show in a short duration and everything appears rushed. There is no Pawan Kalyan and the impact of Bifurcation that led to Jagan’s defeat in 2014. We only get to hear Sakshi’s version of Jagan losing due to Runa Mafi with just 1% vote difference. We do not have the mention of Vijaysai Reddy who went to jail for Jagan.

During 2019 elections, there is nothing about Prashant Kishor who unleashed a massive expensive campaign to manipulate the voter’s opinion. It is like Jagan did everything single-handedly. The memories of Jagan celebrating with PK, Sai Reddy, and other family members after 2019 victory are still fresh for the people.

The most sensational case Y. S. Viveka’s murder just before 2019 elections does not figure in the film.

Even a historic event like Amaravati finds no mention, it is also used to elevate Jagan (using Nandigam Suresh’s episode). In the film, Jagan says I can not give false promise about Runa Mafi even if I lose since credibility is most important. One will leave us with a question how he promised Liquor Prohibition. Luckily, the film does not go too much into 2019 and 2024. Or else, we would get so much flip-flops rights from Amaravati to many issues. So much for the credibility.

Due to all these issues, the movie loses steam quickly with elevations becoming forced and drama not working at all. For the entire second half, everyone knows what happened but the director chose to ignore important events and persons leading to bore. We only get continuous propaganda.

All in all, Yatra 2 is a poor election pamphlet of YSR Congress for 2024. Yatra was nicely sugar-coated with the sentiment factor and using people’s short memory. But it is not the case now. The director gets greedy and tampers history too much to suit the narrative of YSR Congress. Everything is blamed on Sonia Gandhi and Chandrababu calling them partners. At the end, we are left with a film that gives us a feeling of a self-sponsored boring documentary. Some people may argue that it is a film and should be assessed in that way. But all these are events that happened very recently. The people are still living. So, the propaganda angle can not be ignored at all.


Music-Director-Santhosh-NarayananMusic and Other Departments?

V Celluloids, a unit of UV Creations bankrolls Yatra 2. The production values are good. They got sound technicians like Madhie and Santosh Narayanan to do the job and it worked out. The visuals are good especially the warm tint used for the period portions worked. Santosh Narayanan did a fantastic job with the background score. Songs are all situational and are okay. Leaving the intentions, the writing scores well particularly a few dialogues. They serve the purpose of a propaganda film perfectly.


Highlights?

Jiiva’s Performance

Santosh Narayanan’s BGM

A few dialogues

Drawbacks?

Artificial drama

Forced elevations

Tampering History

Too Much of Propaganda

Rushed Second Half


Ketaki-Narayan-Yatra-2-Movie-ReviewDid I Enjoy It?

No

Will You Recommend It?

No

Yatra 2 Movie Review by M9