Onto the last review of the weekend but the reviews will spill out to next week as well, I have just finished watching the Telugu film Jathi Ratnalu on Amazon Prime. Right from the time it was released theatrically, it has been getting rave reviews thereby being the first release post the lockdown to literally bring laughter back to the cinemas. Now with the cases increasing, this has found its way on an OTT platform sooner than expected. Does it manage to tickle your funny bone, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Jathi Ratnalu is the story of the misadventures of three good for nothing men when they decided to shift to the city from their village. The story might seem plain on paper but it is a rib-tickling comedy. The screenplay has so many laugh out loud moments which manage to land despite the use of subtitles. Some of it may have been lost in translation but most of them land and how! And so you will find yourself screaming with laughter more often than not. The first half is nice and breezy till the half way mark that tilts slightly towards the thrill mode. But the best part about the writing is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and thereby stays true to the theme of the film. And this is exactly where the film scores. In some parts of the second half there is a minor drag but the way it ends, you will find yourself laughing long after the film is over.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are filled with one liners and cultural references that will make you die with laughter. The music is decent, the BGM is good. Director Anudeep KV has done a phenomenal job here. This could so easily have been another goofy film but the skill of the director makes it a memorable watch.
The performances are fabulous. Vijay Deverakonda and Keerti Suresh add star value to this film. Divya Sripada shines in a little cameo. Vennela Kishore as Santhosh and the veteran Brahmanandan as the judge are absolutely hilarious. Murli Sharma as Chanakya is first rate. Faria Abdullah as Chitti is so cute in the court scenes especially, you will die laughing. Rahul Ramakrishna as Ravi has impeccable comic timing which is on full display here. Priyadarshi as Shekhar is slowly creating a niche for himself, superb acting. And the star of the show is Naveen Polishetty as Shrikant. And with this he completes a hattrick of sorts – he was brilliant in Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya(Highly Recommended) and Chhichhore. One part of me also feels he is a highly underrated actor with an incredible sense of comic timing. He is hilariously brilliant here!
Jathi Ratnalu will leave you in splits. You might just die laughing, so be warned. Available on Amazon Prime and Highly Recommended.