Yatra (2019 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMahi V Raghav
Written byMahi V. Raghav
Produced byVijay Chilla
Shashi Devi Reddy
CinematographySathyan Sooryan
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byK
Release date
  • 8 February 2019 (2019-02-08)[1]
Running time
126 mins
Budget12 crore[2]
Box officeest. 28.5crore[3]

Yatra (transl. Journey) is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language biographical film starring Mammootty in the role as Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. Directed by Mahi V Raghav, the film is based on padayatra of Reddy who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from May 2004 to June 2009 representing Indian National Congress. The film is produced by Vijay Chilla, Shashi Devi Reddy under 70mm Entertainments and music composed by K.[4] Principal photography commenced on 20 June 2018 in Hyderabad.[5]

The film was released on 8 February 2019 alongside dubbed versions in Malayalam and Tamil.[1][6] Despite receiving critical acclaim, the film could not perform well commercially.[7][8]




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 anniversary of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's death.[10]

Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
K chronology
London Babulu
1."Samara Shankham"Sirivennela SitaramasastriKaala Bhairava3:40
2."Rajanna Ninnapagalara"Sirivennela SitaramasastriVandemataram Srinivas3:21
3."Pallello Kala Undhi"Sirivennela SitaramasastriS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:00
4."Mandhito Patugaa"Sirivennela SitaramasastriSaicharan Bhasakaruni2:41
5."Nee Raka Kosam"Sirivennela SitaramasastriShankar Mahadevan4:21
6."Maruginava Rajanna"Penchal DasPenchal Das3:22
Total length:21:25


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.[11]


Director Mahi V. Raghav said Mammootty was the first choice to play the role of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, but it took nearly five months to bring him on board.[12] In April 2018, Posani Krishna Murali was chosen to play YSR's personal assistant Sureedu.[13] In May, Hindi actor Sachin Khedekar was selected to play former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Bhaskara Rao,[14] while Rao Ramesh was chosen to play K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao, a close associate of Reddy.[15] 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,[16] while television actress Anasuya Bharadwaj was reported to play a politician from Kurnool district.[17] In July, Jagapathi Babu was selected to feature Y. S. Raja Reddy, YSR's father.


The film released on 8 February 2019.[18]


Critical Reception[edit]

Hemanth Kumar of Firstpost gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Yatra feels like just its title. The route is long and you are moved to tears at times, but without any major twists or turns that leave you in awe of the whole journey".[19]

Manoj Kumar R of The Indian Express gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Beyond politics, Mahi V Raghav film Yatra, starring Mammootty, also works as a decent human drama.".[20]

Karthik Kumar of Hindustan Times gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Mammootty’s docudrama is at its best when it focuses on the padayatra, devoid of any major twists and turns that usually leave you in awe".[21]

Sify gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "Political movies work more if you have a similar political bent".[22]

Venkat Arikatla Great Andhra gave 3 out of 5 stars stating "More than politics, the emotional sequences work out well for all".[23]

Box office[edit]

Yatra collected ₹5 crore in the first five days.[24] The film, which grossed a total of 28.5 crore worldwide against a budget of 12 crore, performed decently at the box office.[25] Its worldwide distributor's share was 15.8 crore.[26] Yatra Managed to collect ₹ 1.20 crore at the USA Box Office.[27]


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  19. ^ "Yatra movie review: Mammootty tries hard to keep the journey worth rooting for in a lacklustre political drama". Firstpost. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
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  21. ^ "Yatra movie review: Mammootty's political drama is worth rooting for in spite of flaws". HindustanTimes. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Yatra review: Mammootty is convincing as YSR". Sify. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Yatra Review: The Rise Of Mass Leade". GreatAndhra. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
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  25. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (25 February 2019). "Yatra 2-week box office earning: Mammootty starrer turns next big hit after F2 in 2019". www.ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  26. ^ Vyas (1 March 2019). "Yatra Closing Box Office Collections Report". The Hans India.
  27. ^ "Yatra box office collections day 1: Mammootty and Mahi V Raghav's film does good business in US and India - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 October 2021.

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