Yatra 2 (2024)

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On a rainy evening during the monsoon season, something significant unfolds between a father and his son. YS Rajasekhara Reddy, played by Mammootty, the then chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, rises from his bed earlier than usual. He notices his son, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, portrayed by Jiiva, also restless and unable to sleep. Their unease is palpable, though they struggle to put it into words. At YSR’s request, Jagan hands him a glass of water, a simple gesture laden with meaning. Little do they know, this quiet moment would be their last.

Yatra 2 (2024)

This poignant scene sets the stage for “Yatra 2”, the sequel to the 2019 biopic “Yatra”, which delves into the events leading up to YS Jagan’s political ascent. The film’s release, strategically timed months before elections, hints at its political undertones. While it portrays YSR and Jagan as flawless leaders, their adversaries are depicted as cunning and corrupt. Amidst the political drama, the film attempts to explore the father-son relationship, finding moments of depth like the one shared on that rainy night.

Directed by Mahi V Raghav, “Yatra 2” brings to life the struggles and triumphs of YS Jagan after the demise of his father. Cinematographer Madhie and music composer Santhosh Narayanan contribute to the film’s emotional depth and intensity. Real-life footage is seamlessly woven into cinematic recreations, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Mammootty’s portrayal of YSR forms the backbone of the film, exuding regal charisma and gravitas.

Drawing inspiration from classics like “The Godfather” and “Thevar Magan”, the film captures pivotal moments in Jagan’s journey, from his reluctance to overshadow his father to his eventual rise to power. Jiiva delivers a convincing performance, embodying Jagan’s evolution as a leader.

However, as the narrative unfolds, it becomes increasingly one-sided, portraying Jagan’s opponents in a caricatured manner. The film’s portrayal of political adversaries, including Chandrababu Naidu, borders on the absurd, diluting the complexity of real-life politics.

Despite its flaws, “Yatra 2” offers moments of resonance, celebrating YSR’s legacy and Jagan’s political ascent. However, its narrow focus on Jagan’s narrative overlooks crucial historical events like the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the rise of YS Sharmila. Ultimately, the film stands as a testament to the enduring bond between a father and his son amidst the tumult of politics.