Mahi V Raghav’s biopic on the late Chie Minister of Andhra Pradesh titled Yatra is facing an unusual problem.National Award winning actor who is playing the lead role of Dr YSR has a policy that he will never play the role of father to anyone on screen.
If the situation so demands, he is agreeable to a small-time actor playing the role of his son in a movie but not an established star.Suriya and Karthi have already agreed to do the role but this condition of Mammootty has left the makers of Yatra in a dilemma.
Mahi V Raghav has apparently prepared two scripts of Yatra; one with YS Jagan in it and the other which does not have Jagan’s character. Even then, Jagan’s role is apparently only of a few scenes.Trying to find a way out of this problem, the makers apparently tried to rope in Dulquar Salman for the role of Jagan but Mammootty is not amenable to this.
Also, he felt that Saranya who was finalised for the role of YS Vijayamma would look a bit old beside him, so an actress who did a bit role in Baahubali has been selected for the role instead.Meanwhile, barring the shoot of the Padayatra, the rest of the film has been completed.The 20-day Padayatra episode will be shot with around 1000 to 2000 people and handed over for CG works.
The makers have also initiated the business of the film and are said to be keen selling the rights to the film on an ‘outright’ basis.Which leaves them only with one big question: Who will play YS Jagan in Yatra?