Yatra box office collection Day 1: YSR biopic starring Mammootty off to a great start
After several decades, Malayalam star Mammootty is back in Telugu cinema with Yatra. Directed by Mahi V Raghav, the film is based on later CM YS Rajashekar Reddy, who took a padayatra in 2003 which propelled him to become the chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh.
The film hit the theatres on January 8 and has started off on a good note at the box office. While critics have given mixed reviews, the audience seems to shower the film with a positive responses.
Yatra had premiere shows in the US on January 7 and has managed to gross Rs 50 lakhs approx ($71,289). On its opening day, the Mammootty-starrer raked in Rs 16 lakhs ($ 23,320). With the premiere and day 1 collections, Yatra has become Mammootty's highest grossing film in the US box office.
Back home, the YSR biopic has managed to cast its spell at the box office. In Nellore, the film has collected Rs 17.34 lakhs while it has earned Rs 46 lakhs in Guntur.
IndiaToday.in reviewer Janani K rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, "For the non-Telugu speaking audience, Yatra could serve as a handbook on the events that happened in 2003. But, for Telugu-speaking people, Yatra turns out to be unimpressive as the film lacks the punch and fizzles out towards the end. The biopics that have released in recent times - Sanju, Mahanati and NTR Kathanayakudu - dehumanise their respective heroes and project them as gods (or victims of the situation, like in Sanju). Kudos to Mahi Raghav who showcases the humane side of YSR and stays away from glorifying him. More importantly, there are a lot of sequences that show YSR as a man and not a politician."
Yatra stars Mammootty, Ashritha Vemuganti, Rao Ramesh, Suhasini Maniratnam, and Posani in significant roles. The film, produced by 70mm Entertainments, has music composed by K.