Jathi Ratnalu, the critically-acclaimed Telugu comedy film which released in theatres on March 11, will release on Amazon Prime Video on Sunday, the streaming service announced in a statement on Wednesday.
Written and directed by Anudeep KV, Jathi Ratnalu was director Nag Ashwin’sdebut venture as a producer. The film stars Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi, and Rahul Ramakrishna. The film, riddled with madcap comedy, revolves around three youngsters who are naïve and hail from Jogipet in the Sangareddy district in Telangana. After the three happy-go-lucky men move to Hyderabad for a better life, they get framed for a political crime they did not commit.
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Calling Jathi Ratnalu a “shining example” of Swapna Cinema, that has backed the film, Vijay Subramaniam, director and head, content, Amazon Prime Video, India said in the statement that he was glad to bring “one of the finest comedy films in recent times” to the streaming platform.
Anudeep, who had earlier told Silverscreen India that he would helm the film’s sequel, said in the statement, “The movie’s real charm lies in the lead characters, their effortless and innocent humour; and how they manage to wriggle out of weird situations.”
Anudeep had told Silverscreen India that his inspiration to write comedy derives from his friends’ circle, daily life environment, and his native place Sangareddy. “There were a lot of characters there and observations made. That is where I derive my characters from. They are more innocent and dumber than being street smart,” Anudeep had said.
Nag Ashwin called Jathi Ratnalu a “two-hour hilarious drama” with “no logic and only magic”. The makers of the film said that the film’s debut in the OTT platform would increase its reach to the audience.
Jathi Ratnalu is still running in theatres. Within the first week of its release, the film grossed Rs 45 crore.
The film’s music has been composed by Radhan, with cinematography by Siddam Manohar. Abhinav Reddy Danda is the film’s editor.