Movie: Jathi Ratnalu movie review rating
Cast: Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi, Rahul Ramakrishna, Faria Abdullah, Brahmaji, Brahmanandam, Vennela Kishore, and others
Cinematography: Siddam Manohar
Editor: Abhinav Danda
Producers: Nag Ashwin
Story, Direction: Anudeep
Jathi Rathnalu is a film that has created a solid hype in the last few days. it is coming from the production of Swapna Cinema and Nag Ashwin, the team behind “Mahanati”. The film produced by Nag Ashwin is out with solid occupancy. The other reason is the trailers are highly entertaining. All these factors have helped to create big hype around this movie. Lets see whether it lives up to the hype or not.
The film kicks off in the small town of Jogipet and is about three close freinds played by Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi, and Rahul Ramakrishna. One fine day, the fit for nothing friends decide to find a living in Hyderabad and somehow manage to stay in a posh apartment in Banjara Hills. But the twist in the tale arises when they are framed in an attempt to murder case setup by the local MLA(Murali Sharma). The rest of the story is as to how these three silly friends come out of the case.
Naveen Polishetty has a terrific screen presence and has shown so much ease in acting. he glides into the character of a small-town guy effortlessly. The film is his show entirely. His comic timing is impeccable. Rahul Ramakrishna and Priyadarshi are an absolute joy to watch. Newcomer Farria Abdullah fits well in her role.
Vennela Kishore as jail inmate and veteran comedian Brahmanandam as a judge have also contributed to the film’s fun quotient. Murali Sharma as a politician is okay. Keerthy Suresh and Vijay Deverakonda make cameo appearances.
Naveen Polishetty’s performance
Breezy first half
Prolonged second half
Production values of the film are very good. The music is a big asset and songs are nicely placed in the narrative. The Chitti song has already gone viral and it fits well in the story. The background score is neat. Siddam Manohar’s cinematography is fairly decent and editing is fine.
The film is filled with tongue in cheek humor and lives up to all the hype in the comedy department. The dialogues are the biggest asset as the funny punch lines, satirical quotes work so well in the film. Without taking much time, it introduces the main characters – Naveen, Rahul, and Priyadarshi, and their goals and their problems, and shifts its story backdrop from small-town Jogipet to Hyderabad.
The director Anudeep has humor in his armour. He handles a lot of scenes with panache. The first half of the film is breezy fun. Naveen Polishetty, who proved his talent with Agent Athreya is on another level here. He is one of the pillars of the film as his screen presence, comedy timing and dialogue delivery will leave you in splits. The climax portion featuring Naveen and Brahmanandam is superb and Naveen brings the house down with his dialogue delivery.
The first half ends on a great promise, but the same cannot be said for the post-interval situations. The court proceedings are too silly for even the standard of this madcap movie. It was so good to see Brahmanandam after a long time and the legendary actor does so well in the second half. All his courtroom scenes with heroine Faria are good.
Priyadarshi has a subtle character but he does so well in the film. The manner in which he delivers his cleashed lines and innocent expressions are to die for. He is an all-round actor and is a big asset. Rahul Ramakrishna also does well in the film with his unique behaviour and phone conversations.
The director and writers seem to have fallen in love with their one-liners and comic writing so much so that they have forgotten to chop the runtime. the story and narration takes a back seat but the tongue in cheek humor dominate the show. If you ignore the slightly slow second half, this film ends as a funny watch this weekend.