Yatra (2018 film)

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Yatra (English: Journey) is an upcoming (as of July 2018) Indian Telugu-language biographical film about Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 2004 to 2009. The film is written and directed by Mahi V. Raghav and stars Mammootty as YSR. Principal photography commenced on 20 June 2018 in Hyderabad.

Directed byMahi V. Raghav
Produced by
  • Vijay Chilla
  • Shashi Devireddy
Written byMahi V. Raghav
Music byK
CinematographySathyan Sooryan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Release date
  • December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21)[1]


The film is scheduled to be released on 21 December 2018.[1]



By early January 2018, the producers Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy under their banner 70MM Entertainments had registered the title Yatra, while director Mahi V. Raghav was at the final phase of scripting.[5][6] Principal photography commenced on 20 June 2018 at Saradhi Studios, Hyderabad.[2]


In April 2018, Posani Krishna Murali was chosen to play YSR's personal assistant Sureedu.[7] In May, Hindi actor Sachin Khedekar was selected to play former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Bhaskara Rao,[8] while Rao Ramesh was chosen to play K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao, a close associate of Reddy.[9] In June, Suhasini Maniratnam was cast to portray Sabitha Indra Reddy, a sister figure to Reddy and the first woman Home Minister in Andhra Pradesh,[10] while television actress Anasuya Bharadwaj was reported to play a politician from Kurnool district.[11] In July, Jagapathi Babu was selected to feature Y. S. Raja Reddy, YSR's father, after Mahi V. Raghav was impressed by his performance in previous film Rangasthalam.[12]


The music is composed by K while the lyrics are written by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. The first single "Samara Shankham" was released on 2 September 2018 on the death anniversary of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.[13]

1."Samara Shankham"Sirivennela SitaramasastriKaala Bhairava1:19


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  2. ^ a b Raja Sekar (June 21, 2018). "Mammootty starts shoot for YSR biopic Yatra;movie to release during Sankaranti 2019". Firstpost. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Mammootty plays YS Rajasekhara Reddy in upcoming Telugu biopic Yatra, directed by Mahi Raghavg". Firstpost. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  4. ^ Neeshita Nyayapati (8 July 2018). "Powerful teaser of Mahi V Raghav and Mammootty's 'Yatra' released!". Times of India. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ Sridhar Adivi (4 January 2018). "Mahi V Raghav to direct biopic on YSR". Times of India. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ Sashidhar Adivi (3 January 2018). "A celluloid tribute to Y S Rajasekhara Reddy". Deccan Chronicle.
  7. ^ "is Posani right one to play expressionless ysr aide". Ntv. April 12, 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  8. ^ Vyas (May 5, 2018). "Bollywood Star In YSR Biopic Yatra". The Hans India. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  9. ^ Vyas (May 14, 2018). "Rao Ramesh Roped In For KVP Role In YSR Biopic". The Hans India. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ SURESH KAVIRAYANI (20 June 2018). "Suhasini to play Sabitha Indra Reddy". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  11. ^ "YSR biopic: Anasuya Bharadwaj turns politician". India Today. June 30, 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  12. ^ Sashidhar Adivi (3 July 2018). "Jagapathi Babu to play YS Raja Reddy". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Yatra song Samara Shankham is about YSR Reddy's famous walkathon". Indian Express. September 2, 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.