Jathi Ratnalu movie rating: 3.5 / 5 stars (three and a half stars)
Featured actors: Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi, Rahul Ramakrishna
Director: Anudeep KV
What is good: the randomness of it all. I can’t remember the last time I saw such satisfying comedy after the Hindi movie Dhamaal.
What is bad: the slide down in the second half, but a capable Naveen doesn’t let him hit the level which he can’t be brought back to having fun.
Loo break: you can pause this movie anywhere, do your job, come back; it will always be the same hilarious. Manufacturers don’t want you to sit under any pressure, and that includes natural pressure, too.
Watch or not ?: I would suggest that you should participate. It’s random, insane but rewarding at the same time. I know I’m confusing you more, but bear with me.
Three friends, Srikanth (Naveen), Sekhar (Priyadarshi) and Ravi (Rahul) are unemployed, hopeless and aimless 20 years old, who have a bad reputation in their hometown of Jogipet. Srikanth decides to move to Hyderabad to find a job in a multinational company, as he is ashamed to take over his father’s saree shop. Sekhar and Ravi join him. The three try to come up with a plan to live in a lavish apartment, but end up being implicated in a murder. What happens next is a riot of laughter, and you can’t miss it.
Jathi Ratnalu Movie Review: Script Analysis
Three years of professional film reviews, some over 100 reviews, I’m at a loss for words to explain what I’ve been through. Jathi Ratnalu is one of the most insane, least logical, and most random but strangely satisfying comedies that I have experienced in years. (Did I use these adjectives to appreciate a movie? Yes!)
I’ll try to explain what I got out of the movie with. Here are three desperate men trying to figure out lives, but to no avail. They are not depressed, but heroes of their own films. Anudeep KV, the film’s writer-director, manages to write them down as the most useless people (God, I’ve lost the number of times I’ve written “less”) but never judge them. He leaves this work to the villagers.
Everything is random, literally random. From job profiles, to clothes, to dialogues, to twists and turns, everything. I could literally see people improvising on sets while still managing to create hilarious storylines every time. The writing has hallmarks in each dialogue. Without forgetting the bad English and atrocious slogans of Naveen Polishetty.
But what saves the day is how the team manages to balance this “raita”. While the comedy of errors can be hit and miss and hilarious, it’s not that Anudeep KV isn’t aiming for anything with her. He’s smart enough to make you laugh at your own situation. Unemployment, what it leads, fake news, unqualified ministers, blind law system, class division, all of that and not a single serious second.
For example, Srikant falls in love with Chitti and immediately the two romances on a song. For any other movie, this could have been the biggest issue, but Anudeep does it smartly. He manages to break the stereotype, where in a normal world, they wouldn’t even be able to talk to each other. Likewise, in a room where a victorious party decides which ministers will take on which functions, a minister says, “I know all about the current, give me the Ministry of Current Affairs to manage.” Oh my lord!
Jathi Ratnalu is smart but hit-or-miss yet hilarious yet balanced. Are you with me
Not that there are no faults. The storyline dips into the second half and gets a bit repetitive, almost touching the category of fun TV soap operas. But the manufacturers manage to get it back on track.
Jathi Ratnalu Movie Review: Star Performance
Agent Sai was when Naveen Polishetty made it clear that he was not there to play the stereotypical “hero”. He agrees with a woman leading him forward. But with Jathi Ratnalu, he highlights his vulnerability. His ability to laugh at himself and make it look like he doesn’t know it, which is so rare. He speaks bad English, makes the stupidest plan, approaches a girl and others with multiple names each time, but never the right one. He’s brilliant.
Priyadarshi and Rahul Ramakrishna are the perfect men that Srikanth from Naveen could get. The two actors with their own set of stupidity elevate Polishetty’s number, in turn making the whole experience a riot and riot that will only do good.
I can’t believe Faria Abdullah chose Chitti to debut with. It is a risky path. A character so far removed from logic that she suddenly becomes a lawyer and embarks on film dialogues in criminal proceedings (Hansa de Khichdi finally has a sister). Faria is a treat, and I want to see what she chooses next.
Jathi Ratnalu film review: direction, music
Anudeep KV, if you ever read this article I want to sit down and find out how did you manage to rationalize this inherent mess. The movie is literally everywhere and still addicted for some reason. As difficult as it must have been to write and act, the greatest pressure seemed to be management. One wrong move and we could see the tower crashing down.
The music is as crazy as you would expect. Ramajogayya Sastry’s lyrics in Chitti & are so in sync with the movie, he ends up laughing at himself as well.
Jathi Ratnalu Movie Review: The Last Word
Overall, there might not be any logic in Jathi Ratnalu, but there is a satisfaction, a subtle message, the comedy of mistakes, and it’s worth every minute. Go for Naveen Polishetty if nothing else, and it won’t make you regret. Chance also reaches its peak when Mr. Reddy makes a special appearance! If you’re smart enough, you’ll know it.
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Jathi Ratnalu releases April 10, 2021.
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