Jathi Ratnalu loosely interprets to jewels of the nation in Telugu. The descriptor is ironic. The three pals it refers to are removed from it. Srikanth, Ravi and Shekhar are slackers, determined to flee the confines of their small city, Jogipet. They lengthy for the massive metropolis and the respect it brings – particularly in case you have a job that hangs an identification card round your neck. Led by Srikanth, who convinces his father to offer him two months to make one thing of his life, the three make it to Hyderabad. However as an alternative of touchdown jobs, they discover themselves embroiled in a murky political controversy, which includes corrupt ministers, a mobile phone with an incriminating video and bribes of lots of of crores. They need to now extricate themselves from the mess and in addition make sure that Srikanth’s love story with their neighbor Chitti stays on monitor.
All of this performs out with outlandish humour that doesn’t flag regardless of the movie’s daunting size of two hours and twenty-eight minutes. Author-director Anudeep K.V. stitches collectively a glowing comedy that’s cheerfully foolish with out being lazy. The chemistry between the three will remind you of 3 Idiots and the absurd plot of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro. The narrative veers into nonsensical however the impressed lunacy retains it afloat – the jokes preserve coming and so they nearly all the time land.
So Srikanth, who pretends that he can communicate fluent English, says strains like: ‘I’m additionally a accountable Citizen Kane of this nation’ or ‘in keeping with Indian constipation, I’m nonetheless uncriminal until proof.’ There’s a hilarious thread about Ravi’s love curiosity – a girl he has by no means met. The 2 have painfully banal conversations however with nice ardour and refuse to hold up on one another. When Chitti’s disapproving father angrily asks Srikanth if he’s ever even heard of a PhD, Srikanth replies, I’ve heard of the letters however individually.
Into the laughs, Anudeep threads in social commentary – the movie touches upon the shortage of alternative in small cities, the dazzle of the massive metropolis, which in the end proves hole, the venality of politicians, and their rabid, ignorant followers who will do something to maintain them in energy. The three pals are, as Srikanth says, good individuals who inform small lies. They simply need a slice of the shiny consumerist dream mirrored within the tall buildings and swanky places of work of Hyderabad. There’s a beautiful second through which Srikanth, sitting with Chitti, tells somebody on the cellphone that he’ll name him later as a result of he’s on the Taj Banjara. He then smiles gleefully saying, he all the time needed to drop that line. Banjara Hills, the luxurious locality of Hyderabad, is a logo of the great life, which Srikanth aspires to. At one level, he declares, “I shall be a Banjara Hills son-in-law.” However in the end the boys realise that Jogipet supplied one thing that Hyderabad by no means will – heat, familiarity, dwelling.
The actors – Naveen Polishetty as Srikanth, Rahul Ramakrishna as Ravi and Priyadarshi as Shekhar – are terrific. The movie is perhaps purposefully absurd however they’re enjoying it straight, which provides to the laughs. Srikanth is an enthralling everyman. His craving for one thing higher in life than his father’s bangles store in Jogipet is immediately relatable. However do regulate Ravi, the drunk within the trio. There’s a laugh-out-loud second when the cops give the three a narco-test which doesn’t work on Ravi as a result of, as he proudly says, he drinks a lot. Fortunately the script doesn’t relegate the heroine to a glamorous entry and two songs. Chitti, performed by the stunning debutant Faria Abdullah, is pivotal in resolving the mess the boys discover themselves in.
By means of the movie, Anudeep additionally pays homage to the films and the way they form our lives and goals. It’s obvious that this movie has been made by a movie fan.
For too lengthy now, the movie trade has peddled senseless comedies – or what known as ‘Dimaag Nikaal Ke Dekho’ cinema. These are shoddily made motion pictures through which something goes since you aren’t meant to assume. Jathi Ratnalu isn’t huge on craft or logic both. However the intelligence and laborious work shines by way of. The movie reveals us that laughter and brains aren’t mutually unique.
Within the 1941 traditional Sullivan’s Travels, a movie director named Sullivan, who’s eager to make a severe and vital movie, discovers by way of a collection of misadventures the significance of comedy. He says, “There’s so much to be mentioned for making folks snicker. Do you know that’s all some folks have? It isn’t a lot however it’s higher than nothing on this cockeyed caravan.”
Precisely. Jathi Ratnalu is the infusion of excellent cheer you want proper now. You’ll be able to watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.