The much-awaited biopic starring Malayalam star Mammootty, which hit the screens on Friday, has gained mixed reactions.

Director Mahi V Raghav responds to criticism of YSR biopic YatraDigital Native
Flix Tollywood Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 14:53
Written by  Digital Native

The much-awaited YSR biopic Yatra starring Malayalam megastar Mammootty finally hit the screens on Friday and has gained mixed reactions from audiences and critics. The film’s director Mahi V Raghav wrote a thank you note for the audience on his Facebook page.

“I have nothing but gratitude towards the story, YSR garu, and his millions of admirers and the audience. For me, gratitude is the highest form of prayer and respect that can be shown. I bow to the unconditional love and support from the audience and YSR’s admirers. I bow to the cinema, the medium that has given me the opportunity to tell a story; there is no other form of art through which I could have told my stories. Thank you,” (sic) he wrote.

The director also wrote that he accepts criticism about the movie but doesn’t want to apologise for his beliefs. He wrote, “I respect and accept criticism, but, I will not bow down and apologise for my actions or my beliefs. YATRA will always be a story which I will be proud of. I set out to tell a story of YSR garu as I believed he deserved one and I did my best to tell one. This is my tribute to YSR garu and calling him our leader would be too small for he symbolised generosity, humility, kindness, courage and trust...”

Meanwhile, the film has become the latest victim of piracy. The full movie has been leaked online by piracy website Tamilrockers.

Yatra is a biopic on the legendary politician and former CM of Andhra Pradesh, YS Rajasekar Reddy, who died in an air crash. The film was released in three languages, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, simultaneously.

The biopic has a bevy of stars in the cast, including Jagapathi Babu who plays YSR’s father YS Raja Reddy, Rao Ramesh as KVP Ramachandra Rao who was YSR’s closest friend from his medical college days, and Suhasini Mani Ratnam as former minister Sabitha Indra Reddy. It also has Anasuya Bharadwaj, Posani Krishna Murali, Vinod Kumar and Sachin Khedekar in supporting roles.

The film is produced by Vijay Chilla and Shashi Devireddy under the banner 70 MM Pictures and its technical crew includes K for music, Sathyan Sooryan for cinematography and A Sreekar Prasad for editing.

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