Yatra 2 review: The story of a resilient son who fought for his father’s vision, vow, and commitment

'Yatra 2' shows YS Jagan wading through turbulent waters of wicked politics with an unyielding spirit to carry forward his father's legacy.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published:Feb 10, 2024

Yatra 2 is directed by Mahi V Raghav

Yatra 2 (Telugu)

08-02-2024, Political Drama, 2 hours 12 minutes U
  • Main Cast:Mammootty, Jiiva, Ketaki Narayan, Suzanne Bernert, Mahesh Manjrekar, Subhalekha Sudhakar, and Ashrita Vemuganti Nanduri
  • Director: Mahi V Raghav
  • Producer: Shiva Meka
  • Music Director: Santhosh Narayanan
  • Cinematography: Madhie



Yatra 2 may not be a compelling tale of political intrigue or an upfront political drama that defined the crucial period of Andhra Pradesh politics.

But it is gratifying because of its emotion on indefinite grounds, especially if you’re a true fan of the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR) or YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, the current Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

The film may not earn whistles in theatres like the high-pitched sound experienced when a true leader is greeted by the public. But it attempts to tell the story of a distraught son who just lost his father.

So, how does he wade through the seemingly turbulent waters of wicked politics with an unyielding spirit to carry forward his father’s legacy?

Let’s check it out here:

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Yatra 2 chronicles the journey of YSR and his politician-son Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Veteran Malayalam star Mammootty plays the late YSR, while Tamil actor Jiiva essays the role of YS Jagan.

The story unfolds against the backdrop of the 2009 elections, where YSR introduces Jagan to the public and fields him as Kadapa MP candidate.

After a resounding victory, YSR ascends to the chief ministership and promises a new era of progress for the state.

However, tragedy strikes the family and his supporters in the form of YSR’s untimely demise, thereby plunging the state into mourning.

Soon, the stage is set for YS Jagan, who is just about to emerge as a key player in Andhra Pradesh politics.

Jagan’s political journey is marked by a series of key moments: from the padayatra to the formation of a separate political party defying the Congress high command’s instructions.

Despite facing challenges, including CBI probes and subsequent arrest in the disappropriate assets case, YS Jagan demonstrates unwavering resilience. Thus, he ultimately emerges as a formidable force in Andhra Pradesh politics.

The narrative also showcases the tumultuous events leading to the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation and N Chandrababu Naidu winning the elections soon after the bifurcation.

YS Jagan starts his political journey as the Leader of the Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. He takes out a padayatra to revive his prospects of taking over the reins of Andhra Pradesh.

How he emerged victorious in 2019, following the culmination of years of political struggle and hard work from the grassroots — is the story of YS Jagan’s enduring spirit of leadership and resilience while staring at adversity after his father’s loss.

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Yatra 2 is based on the story of current AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

‘Yatra 2’ is based on the story of AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. (X)

Yatra 2 is not the highly-anticipated political drama as it was publicised. Well, there are no elements of intrigue or secrecy involved in the characters of real-life political leaders.

However, director Mahi V Raghav tries to infuse soul into the political story with the son idolising his revered father due to the unfortunate mishap.

Retaining the original names of key political figures such as YS Jagan, YSR, and Chandrababu Naidu, Yatra 2 offers a comprehensive depiction of significant political events in Andhra Pradesh from 2009 to 2019.

Despite its inherently political nature, Yatra 2 unfolds a deeply emotional saga, centring on the son’s unwavering commitment to uphold his father’s legacy and promises to people.

Jagan’s character is elevated throughout the film, adding layers of depth to his portrayal as a determined and resilient political leader.

While the storyline strikes an emotional chord with audiences, some viewers may find certain blocks stretched due to the emotional narrative.

The real footage during the YSR’s time — his demise and YS Jagan’s swearing-in ceremony as Chief Minister — adds a realistic touch to the story.

Overall, Yatra 2 offers audiences a compelling portrayal of a YSR legacy — a familiar story showcasing the emotional depth with which it has been handled.


Mammootty and Jiiva in Yatra 2

Mammootty and Jiiva’s ‘Yatra 2’ is a political drama. (X)

While Mammootty was convincing in the prequel Yatra (2019), this time, Jiiva is equally convincing in the role of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Reprising his role as YSR in the initial moments of the film, Mammootty delivers a memorable performance.

Ashrita Vemuganti, who plays YSR’s wife Vijayamma, is commendable.

Mahesh Manjrekar shines as Telugu Desam Party Chief Chandrababu Naidu.

Suzanne Bernert as Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi and Ketaki Narayan’s performance as YS Bharti are also brilliant.

The film’s background music emerges as an important asset of Yatra 2.

The music adds depth and emotion to some crucial scenes during the runtime, particularly in the scenes involving YS Jagan and his father, evoking a feeling of poignancy among viewers.

The uplifting score during Jagan’s padayatra and his victory in the Assembly elections is again a standout feature.

The film’s cinematography delivers stunning visuals and enhances the overall viewing experience.

Director Mahi V Raghav has, once again, proven his filmmaking prowess with Yatra 2.

Building on the success of the original Yatra, Raghav meticulously crafted the political biopic, infusing the story with emotional depth.


Yatra 2 is a political biopic blended with emotional storytelling and political intrigue.

Fans of YSR and YS Jagan are likely to find it particularly satisfying, as the film delves into the intricacies of family legacy and YS Jagan’s political journey.

Drawing parallels to Yatra, the sequel evokes a sense of nostalgia and admiration for one of the key political figures of AP — Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy and his son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

With its slightly engaging drama and good performances, Yatra 2 is poised to resonate with audiences similarly.

(Views expressed here are personal.)