The Main part from the life story of former Chief Minister YS Rajashekara Reddy Padayatra is now coming to screen as Yatra. This movie is gearing up for a February 8th release. On this occasion, Director Mahi interacted with us.
How did the film Yatra Started ?
Coming to the Yatra movie, I prepared the script over a period of eight years. In the meantime, I interacted with many people and took inputs from them. While making Anando Brahma, I thought of making a film on YSR by utilizing the information I had collected and tried to showcase YSR’s greatness once again. So I took his historic Padayatra as the main theme and inserted all the emotions in the script.
How much support you got from YSR’s family members while preparing the script?
After announcing the film, we released the first look poster and went to Jagan anna and showed it to him. He encouraged us and asked us to go ahead and he even told that don’t show any unnecessary drama about he leader.
How you Choose Mammootty for YSR’s role?
After watching Dalapathi Movie I approached him. Mammootty is one of the finest actors in India. I saw his films like Ambedkar and Dalapathi and decided to cast him. Actually, we didn’t want him to look like YSR, but make people feel that they are seeing YSR while watching the film. We initially had a fear that whether Mammootty will accept the role or not because he was last seen in Telugu cinema decades ago, but he immediately said okay to the project after listening to the script.
Is this film targeted general elections?
So many asked me this I don’t believe in it. Earlier, the public used to have political films impacting them. But this generation is wiser and it will decide according to its aspirations. Our film is a tribute to the great leader YSR. If it influences anyone, we will feel grateful. Coming to the release date, political films garner interest only in the political season, so we are releasing it now.
Are you showing whole part of Rajasekhar Reddy’s life ?
It has many sub-plots and an intriguing drama in it. By taking a specific time period, we narrated the film in a cinematic manner. The film technically ends with the end of Padayatra but I briefly narrated the consequences with a song during the end titles and movie ends with original frames.