'Yatra' teaser: Mammootty as YSR Reddy creates a lasting impression

Mollywood superstar Mammootty will be essaying the role of politician YS Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR Reddy), in the upcoming biopic Yatra

A teaser from the film has been released by the makers to celebrate the birth anniversary of YSR which falls on July 8th. 

Dressed in trademark politician white clothes, Mammootty makes a striking entry as the late Chief Minister.

“I want to know, I want to listen, I want to visit every house beyond Cuddapah. I feel like walking along with the people. I wish to listen to their heartbeats,” he says, as he sets out on a padayatra. 

“If he succeeds, it would be due to his stubbornness, if he fails, he would be called stupid. But that’s a call I leave history to take,” says the voiceover as Mammootty steps out of his house. 

The teaser ends with the logo, in the shape of a footprint.

In an interview with Indianexpress.com, director of the film, Mani V Raghav had explained the rationale behind choosing Mammootty to play the role. 

“I grew up watching his (Mammootty) films. Keeping that aside, in the context of YSR, YSR was perceived to be a strong and courageous leader. To portray his character, we needed someone who can get in that aura of a leader who we can look up to. I have seen a lot of his films and I thought Mammukka (Mammootty) doesn’t have to put in a lot of effort to pull off something like this,” he said.

The filmmaker also went on to say that the story would touch everyone. 

“It is about a leader who went on a journey. And the subplots are very human about a farmer and a healthcare professional, which anyone can relate to,” he added. 

Yatra, which is being made in Telugu is going to be dubbed in Tamil as well and is tentatively set for a December or January release.  

The film will also star Rao Ramesh, Anasuya, Posani Krishna Murali, Vinod Kumar and Sachin Khedekar in pivotal roles.

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