Mammootty will mark his return to Telugu cinema after two decades with Mahi V Raghav's 'Yatra', based on the life of former Andhra Pradesh chief minister late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly called YSR.
A teaser from the upcoming biopic was released to celebrate the birth anniversary of YSR which falls on Sunday. Dressed in trademark politician white clothes, Mammootty makes an 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, which is shaped like a footprint.
In 2003, YSR undertook a padayatra across the state and covered about 1475 km on foot. This assured the victory of his party in the 2004 election and he then did the same thing again in 2009.
Interestingly, Mammootty is said to dub in Telugu for the film.
Directed by Mahi V Raghav of Anandho Brahma fame, Yatra will have the characters based on YSR’s immediate family and friends. To be produced by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy, Yatra went on floors on June 20.
Yatra also stars Rao Ramesh, Anasuya, Posani Krishna Murali, Vinod Kumar and Sachin Khedekar in key roles.