Jathi Ratnalu freely translated into the nation’s jewelry in Telugu. The descriptor is ironic. The three friends in question are far from it. Shrikant, Ravi and Shekhar are lazy, desperate to escape from their small town of Jogipet. They long for the big city and the respect it brings – especially if you have a job that has an ID card around your neck. Led by Shrikant, who persuades his father to give him two months to do something in his life, the three reach Hyderabad. But instead of landing at work, they find themselves embroiled in a dark political dispute that includes corrupt ministers, a cell phone with incriminating video and bribes of hundreds of crores. Now they need to get out of the mess and also ensure that Shrikant’s love affair with their neighbor Chiti stays on track.
All this is played out with unusual humor, which is not reflected despite the terrible duration of the film of two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Screenwriter-director Anudeep KV combines sparkling comedy that is cheerfully silly without being lazy. The chemistry between the three will remind you 3 idiots and the absurd plot of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. The story turns to nonsense, but the inspired madness keeps it afloat – jokes keep coming and almost always landing.
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So Shrikant, who pretends to be fluent in English, says lines like, “I’m also a responsible citizen of Kane in this country,” or “according to Indian constipation, I’m still crime-free until proven.” There is a curious thread about Ravi’s love interest – a woman he has never met. The two have painfully banal conversations, but with great passion and refuse to close each other. When Chiti’s disapproving father angrily asks Shrikant if he had ever heard of a doctorate, Shrikant replied, I heard about the letters, but separately.
In laughter, Anudeep threads in social comments – the film touches on the lack of opportunities in small towns, the blinding of the big city that ultimately turns out to be hollow, a vein of politicians and their furious, ignorant followers who will do anything to make them holds in power. The three friends are, as Shrikant says, good people who tell little lies. They just want a piece of the sleek consumer dream reflected in the high-rise buildings and luxury offices of Hyderabad. There is a wonderful moment when Shrikant, sitting with Chiti, tells someone on the phone that he will call him later because he is in the Taj Banjara. Then he smiles happily, saying he always wanted to drop that line. Banjara Hills, the luxury district of Hyderabad, is a symbol of the good life that Shrikant strives for. At one point, he declared, “I will be the son-in-law of Banjara Hills.” But eventually the boys realize that Jogipet has offered something Hyderabad never has – warmth, knowledge, home.
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The actors – Naveen Polishetty as Srikanth, Rahul Ramakrishna as Ravi and Priyadarshi as Shekhar – are great. The film may be purposefully absurd, but they play it straight, which adds to the laughter. Shrikant is charming to everyone. His longing for something better in life than his father’s bracelet shop in Jogipet was immediately connected. But keep an eye on Ravi, the trio drunk. There is a moment of laughter when the cops give the three a drug test that doesn’t work on Ravi because, as he proudly says, he drinks so much. Fortunately, the script does not lead the heroine to a glamorous recording and two songs. Chiti, played by the wonderful debutante Faria Abdullah, is key to resolving the mess the boys are in.
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Through the film, Anudeep also pays homage to films and how they shape our lives and dreams. Obviously, this movie was made by a fan of the movie.
For too long, the film industry has been spreading meaningless comedies – or what is called “Dimaag Nikaal Ke Dekho” movies. These are low-quality films in which everything happens because you are not meant to think. Jathi Ratnalu it is not great either for crafts or for logic. But intelligence and hard work shine. The film shows us that laughter and the brain are not mutually exclusive.
In the classics of 1941 Sullivan’s travels, a film director named Sullivan, who wants to make a serious and important film, discovers the significance of comedy through a series of accidents. He says: “A lot can be said about making people laugh. Did you know that’s all some people have? Not much, but it’s better than nothing in this caravan caravan. “
That’s right. Jathi Ratnalu is the infusion of good mood you need right now. You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.