Jathi Ratnalu Movie Review: A Wacky Comedy With ‘Fools’
Review: Anudeep KV’s Jathi Ratnalu it should not be taken seriously and that is clear from the start. He wastes no time getting into the thick of things, even before the titles come out, and while it’s a fun roller coaster ride with no time to waste, it makes one wonder if the movie had to be that long to tell the almost non-existent story.
Srikanth (Naveen Polishetty) wants to escape to the city so he can start over. He is a professional helping the ladies of his town with the perfect accessories for their saris, but he wants to be known for more than that. His father (Tanikella Bharani), on the other hand, wants him to stay behind and run the emporium of women they own. Sekhar (Priyadarshi) was born with the sound of a pot whistle and is obsessed with everything to do with rice. Ravi (Rahul Ramakrishna) is an alcoholic in perpetual distress. The city helps them meet Chitti (Faria Abdullah), a rich girl who falls in love with Srikanth and who has her own sad backstory. But fate also puts them in the way of Sports Minister Chanakya (Murli Sharma), who is always up to something shady. When the trio are framed for a crime they did not commit, ‘hell and heaven’ breaks out.
Despite the diversity of characters and many things that happen on screen, Jathi Ratnalu it doesn’t have much to tell in terms of history. Srikanth and his friends are a bit wiser when they return to Jogipet, it is even hinted that they might be heading to Dubai next, but there’s not much in terms of storytelling to keep him involved. Sure there is the question of which incriminating video Chanakya is working so hard to bury, there is also the question of a local power company headed by Subhash K Chandra (Subhalekha Sudhakar) being inserted into the story, but that is not what drives you. to sit through two and a half hours of this movie.
What keeps you engaged are most of the witty lines that roll off one after another with no time to breathe, so much so that it almost seems like Anudeep wants to exhaust all the jokes he has to tell in a movie. Naveen brings out the best of the lot when it comes to these, while Priyadarshi and Rahul come in second. Vennela Kishore and Brahmanandam make fun cameos, while Keerthy Suresh and Vijay Deverakonda lend their support. But there comes a point where the jokes get repetitive, especially when based only on Srikanth’s broken English or Sekhar’s love of rice. However, that nod to Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya and the Tollywood courtroom dramas during the movie’s climax is a hoot.
“Fools are trying to break the rules and fight these bullies,” reads the lyrics of a song played in the movie. And that phrase is enough to better describe the movie. Jathi Rathnalu it’s a mixed bag, but again, life a sale zindagi aipoindi, so go check it out to see the comedy and performances.