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Naveen Polishetty’s Jathi Ratnalu 2 To Start Early Next Year

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Sequel To Naveen Polishetty’s Jathi Ratnalu

The  Naveen Polishetty  comedy Jathi Ratnalu has  broken  all  boxoffice records  in  Telugu cinema, garnering the  staggering figure Rs 80 crores in worldwide figures so far,  during these traumatic Covid times.

Bhai, sequel toh banta hai!

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Sure enough , here  is  heartening  news for all  fans  of the film’s  slipper-heroes (workingclass heroes in Hawaii chappals). The sequel , so far  only whispered  about, is  now going to be  a  reality.

That’s right. Jathi Ratnalu 2  is ready to go on  the flows sometimes early next year. Sources say month and date  will be announced once  the pandemic situation is  clearer. What we can tell you  is  that Naveen Polishetty and his three co-stars  Priyadarshi Pullikonda as Jogipet Shekar,Rahul Ramakrishna as Jogipet Ravi, Faria Abdullah as  Chitti will be  back,

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Sources say there is  going to be no  major change in the cast and crew  of the  sequel. The only change that  is on the anvil is  Naveen Polishetty’s remuneration. He was apparently   Rs 60 lakhs for  Jathi Ratnalu. His fee  for the sequelwill be  close to Rs 3 crores.

Speaking  about the  film’s success Naveen Polishetty told me, “We  knew once the film releases the audiences would laugh their heads off  .This is  why the producers took a risk and not released  the film on OTT. They were  confident  of  the content. What we  were  surprised  by   was the scale  of  the  success. At this  point of  life,we were not sure people would  come out  of their homes during these times  of the pandemic. Two days before the release the advance  bookings  were  almost full. We knew  we had a success in hand. How big a success, we  couldn’t have guessed.It was beyond anything we expected. At the theatres on the opening day we couldn’t hear  a word of  the dialogues  on screen.

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The audiences were that excited!   They were dancing  in even  the  multiplexes. They  were laughing yelling  …This is the kind of community  experience  in movie theatres that  I had  seen as a child. This is what  made me fall in love with cinema. This is what made  me want to  become an actor. People forget their worries for  two and a  half hours  and  just enjoy themselves. They  laugh  ,they forgot their worries, they have a good time  and they go back home. This to me is what cinema is  all about.”

Jathi Ratnalu (2021)

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Srikanth and his friends Sekhar and Ravi head to the city in pursuit of some izzat. Once there, they realise that maybe they were better off back home in Jogipet.
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[tnm_video layout=”mnmd-post-media-wide”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgc07_BX4_8[/tnm_video]

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Subhash K Jha Selects The Best  Malayalam Films of 2022

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Bheeshma Parvam

  1. Bheeshma Parvam: This  is  probably best adaptation  of  The Godfather in  recent years. Director  Amal Neerad  doesn’t let  us forget that this is  his take  on Francis  Coppola’s The  Godfather.And what a take it is!  This  masterly Malayali  mafia movie is  self-explanatory. Its muted violence is  stifling .It creates a world so  tightly wound around its own  heritage  of successive violence that the family unit  threatens  to fall apart.Sweeping in its melodrama,arching in its velocity and  untameable  in  its  epic  ambitions Bheema Parvam  hurls us  into the world  of  Michael(no coincidence  this Michael name-calling) Anjootty, kicking dragging and screaming.The narrative is custom-built to accommodate  all  the characters  from The Godfather into the Malayali household.And  it’s all done  with a chaotic perspective on  the  moral and ethical  dynamics  of  extra-constitutional  violence.Even  if  one is  familiar with  the  original  material  this  ravishing remake takes you by surprise with its distending  temperament and  a choleric  enormity whereby the  violence comes  in  revealing  welters  rather than as  rule.
  2. Salute: The  Write  Brothers Bobby  & Sanjay are the real  heroes of this   clenched  tale  of  the teacher and the taut. Interestingly two  brothers in the police force,  ideologically far removed from one another ,are at the crux of a  film that prods at the  audiences’ collective  conscience while creating an edge-of-the-seat thriller about  guilt and  redemption. Is Salute the best screenplay that Bobby and Sanjay have written to date? The answer would have been  a resounding    yes, were  it not for a relatively  lame endgame which left me  feeling  a wee cheated  thought  not betrayed.The narrative  has  too much going for itself to  suffer from a post-climactic  depression. I  would say Salute survives the  end-blow  most gracefully, thank you.The pacing is  consciously  languorous , as  though the pressures to come on the drama of ideological  warfare need  ample breathing space to grow. Grow,  the narrative does with astute velocity. While the  last-half hour is compromised,  the  narrative remains  partly breathless  but    pertly pacy  all through.Sreekar Prasad’s editing is firstrate  with the  plot  moving  in tandem with the stressful  tension that the protagonist  creates when he prefers  to be  a  pebble in the stagnant pond.Salute has  a lot to say about mending broken promises. It is  a  coiling seething  angry  film  about  injustice and corruption set  to  a  normalized tone which doesn’t pick on  any character for  poor discharge  of duty.
  3. Dear Friend:  Betrayal is  a lot like  a terminal  illness. There is  no point in talking about it. The more you do , the  more bitterly ravaged  it leaves  you. Betrayal is  best left to itself. It is  , to some like me, a  crime worse than physical  violation.  Time heals  the damage to the body.What about the  heart?The  look that I saw  in the character  Jannat’s eyes  at the end of  Vineeth Kumar’s  Dear  Friend would stay with me forever. It said so much that words  cannot. Not that Dear Friend is  short of words. It cannot be. With five flat-mates  sharing  space, thoughts, dreams,peeves and, yes, a pet too, words  flow.And yet Dear Friend is a very quiet film.Quiet and  non-judgemental, even when  one  of the  friends  just leaves,quits,exits. Without  prior notice.The  friends, two of whom Jannat(Darshana Rajendran)and  Arjun(Arjun Lal)  are a couple, find their own way of dealing with the betrayal.    Writers (Sharfu, Suhas,Arjun Lal) and  director Vineeth  Kumar  refrain from probing into the raw wounds. It is a  remarkably dry-eyed  film. Where  there is  so much room for drama  and hysteria, Vineeth Kumar choses to internalize  the hurt and  wounded  pride .This is one of  the most restrained  projection of hurt and betrayal I have seen, and also one of the most dispassionate  There is a wonderful  lengthy sequence with the vanished  friend’s mother where the  four friends find out the  truth about the filth of the  fifth. The  mother doesn’t shed  a single tear.These are  emotions  buried  too deep for tears.
  4. Puzhu:  Mammootty in  the Malayalam Puzhu is  the most complex problematic father I have seen  in any  film since  Hrishikesh  Mukherjee’s Anupama.  Mammootty plays  Kuttan a blatant  casteist, who has disowned his sister(Parvathy Thiruvothu)  after she  married a Dalit actor.Mammootty’s frighteningly  prejudiced  patriarch  doesn’t hide his biases. He is  like a bull in a  china shop that makes  no effort to spare crunching over fragile content.Kuttan’s  autocratic arrogance  is amplified when he is the company of his young son Kichu(Vasudev Sajeesh).  That  the  70-year Mammootty passes  off as the 14-year  old boy’s father is a  measure of the actor’s charisma and credit. That  they don’t look comfortable  as  father and son serves  the  film’s purpose  just fine.Kichu is  petrified of his disciplinarian dad. The  boy is not allowed  any space to breathe beyond school, books and  parenting. He  is losing out on all the pleasures that make adolescence such a  rewarding adventure. The father has the  boy his neck squeezing the life and breath out of him.In the beautifully designed  though at times clumsily executed  film,debutant director  Ratheena  draws drama out  of the simplest of  situations, like the father making his son watch  the same  family  video every night where he is seen disciplining  the boy as a toddler.Puzhu shows us how tyrannical  parenting can destroy a  child’s life.And hats off to Mammootty for  slipping so effortlessly into such an evil  character.Kuttan  could have easily been  played  like a full-time villain. Mammootty embraces  all  of  Kuttan’s  negativity and  alchemizes it into a force of  inhumanly rigid  nature. He  is at once a despot and a  weakling. His son hates him for his  tyrannical behaviour. But Kuttan has his own logic, no matter how faulty and fractured,  for what he is doing.In his  preposterous  worldview and his failure to tell  discipline from despotism Mammootty makes the most despicable dad , barring Alencier Ley Lopez in Appan.
  5.   InAriyippu streaming  Mahesh  Narayanan  actually steps out of his home territory in Kerala  and takes  the protagonists  to NOIDA for  better prospects. As  migrant workers in a glove  factory   Kunchacko Boban and Divya Prabhu merge so effortlessly into the migrants’ world of  invisibility that if you are  not  familiar with these two actors’ work, you would think they are  actual migrants.The  only time they are called  out is when  someone during a scuffle mutters, “These bloody South Indian migrants.Hareesh and Reshmi would have remained entrapped  in  their  citadel of anonymity,  like Balraj Sahni and  Nirupa Roy in   Do Bigha Zameen , if something terrible didn’t happen. A doctored video surfaces, showing  Reshmi performing oral sex on a man not seen  in the video(anonymity/invisibility has many faces in Ariyippu). This  ugly incident  triggers off a  chain of  recalcitrant actions with far-reaching consequences to the married couple’s mutual trust fund.Mahesh Narayanan’s  has written a  fable with  irreversibly tragic consequences.  
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Nagarjuna Stands by Samantha  In Her Hour Of Distress

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It was known  for quite sometime  in  Hyderabad that  Samantha  Prabhu  was  suffering from a skin disorder. Now  that she has so bravely confirmed  that she is  suffering  from Myositis , the entire Telugu  film industry  has   shown its solidarity,and that includes  her former father-in-law Nagarjuna.

A  source close to Nagarjuna reveals, “Nag wonders why he is being asked  whether  he would be  reaching  out to Samantha or not. Sam and Nag share a terrific rapport from long before  she married his  son Naga Chaitanya. Now, just because the marriage has ended, no one is an enemy here. The two families maintain cordial relations.”

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About Samantha’s illness Nag was  one  of  the  first  to reach out.

“It is  ridiculous to even  suggest that a broken marriage  ends  relations between the two families. At least not in this case,” asserts  a  family friend  .

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Chhello Show: India’s 95th Oscars selection Last Film Show to release in 95 cinemas at Rs. 95 ticket price!

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Celebrating the magic of cinema, and considering the massive buzz around the title, the makers of Last Film Show (Chhello Show) are releasing the film on the LAST SHOWS of THURSDAY, 13th October.

While the Gujarati-language coming-of-age drama was set to release theatrically across India on Friday (14th October), audiences can now catch it in advance on Thursday night itself.

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In keeping with its selection for the 95th Academy Awards, Last Film Show will now open across 95 cinemas at a ticket price of Rs. 95! This is a welcome initiative by the makers to bring LAST FILM SHOW (Chhello Show) to the widest possible audience at an affordable price, all a day in advance.

Sharing the news, director Pan Nalin said, “There has been immense excitement among fans for our film Last Film Show (Chhello Show) and we are all too happy to release it on the ‘Last Show’ of Thursday. Also, what better way to celebrate its selection at the 95th Oscars than by releasing it in 95 cinemas at a wonderful price of Rs. 95!”

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Producers Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films and Dheer Momaya of Jugaad Motion Pictures jointly said, “We are thrilled that our film Last Film Show (Chhello Show) is finally reaching its appropriate destination—the cinematic big screen. With our exhibitors on board, we are releasing the film in the final shows of Thursday across 95 cinemas at a Rs. 95 ticket price. This is our humble way of honouring the love and excitement audiences across India have shown for our film. “

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Madhuri  Aces The  Gujju Housewife’s Role  In Maja Ma

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Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Gajraj Rao, Ritwick Bhowmick

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Rating: *** ½

The LGBTQ  community is suddenly getting a  lot of attention  from Bollywood. Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao played  gay characters  recently. Now it is  the  divine Ms Madhuri  Dixit playing  a  Gujarati housewife In Maja Ma  who after  years of  obedient housekeeping  is forced  out  of  the closet.

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 Actor  turned  director Anand Tiwari(who did well for himself while helming Bandish Bandits) is on firm ground. He explores the  Gujarati middleclass household and the  gossipy  rigidly conservative  milieu with  confidence.  Once again after The Fame  Game  Madhuri plays  a wife and a mother with dark secrets. This time she is more tragic than mysterious. Wordlessly she slips  into her character Pallavi Patel’s pained  past to dig out  uncomfortable truths.

It is a  bold audacious concept. The  film asks some uncomfortable  questions  about  an individual’s identity within  the domestic domain. But the conclusion to an  inherently messy and unresolvable  situation is  most convenient and  unconvincing. One  feels  that  the director has eventually taken the shortcut at  the end opting for a neat resolution when there is none.

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But the  film is no doubt  a whole lot of fun. The festive mood never slips out of the writer’s  and  director’s hands. Some  performances particularly  the redoubtable Sheeba Chadha who as  the NRI  PTMIC(Punjabi turned mod  in confusion) is messcast, and I do mean mess-cast . She is way  too over-the-top to register  as  anything but caricatural.

On the  other hand,some of the other performances blend fluently with the ebullient mood. Gajraj Rao  (as  Madhuri’s  supportive   husband)  , Ninad Kamat ,Simone Singh and  Shristi Shrivastava lend solid  support to Madhuri Dixit’s quietly effective performance.This is a  film where  the  flaws are  easily overlooked in  favour of  the larger picture .

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