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Jathi Ratnalu (2021) is a Telugu comedy that tickles you. It is about three young men, friends, from a small town in Telangana coming to Hyderabad to make it big, instead, they get caught in a political conspiracy. The film had a weak screenplay, no logic whatsoever & no heroism, yet you are left feeling good at the end. For being a joyous film that makes you laugh in many places, it gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Available on Amazon Prime Video. Naveen Polishetty as Jogipet Srikanth, Priyadarshi as Sekhar, Rahul Ramakrishna (from Arjun Reddy) as Ravi fit perfectly…

The Priest (2021) is a Malayalam paranormal thriller starring Mammooty. It got released today on Amazon Prime Video. Reading the description of “A priest and a police officer are trying to solve a set of mysterious suicides”, I expected an engaging detective, instead, it was a run-of-the-mill ghost revenge film with an identity crisis. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ because of Mammooty. The film starts with a young lady bringing to the attention of Fr. Carmen Benedict (Mammooty) the series of mysterious suicides that happen in a millionaire family. He joins with the local Deputy Superintendent to solve…

Hello Charlie (2021) is a Hindi comedy film directed by Pankaj Saraswat. The byline of the movie which is available on Amazon Prime Video summaries the story and it proceeds predictably. It is of a fugitive billionaire who plans to escape the country, hides inside a Gorilla costume and gets his girlfriend to hire a trucker to transport the cage with the “Gorilla” from Mumbai to Diu. The film is a mindless comedy, manages to tickle you few times, kids will like it, for adults becomes tiring after some time. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. The protagonist is…

Film after film, Fahadh Faasil impresses us more with his performances. In his latest film Joji (2021) available on Amazon Prime Video, he has transformed into the youngest son of a wealthy estate owner who is authoritarian and iron fists any money to his children. Reading the byline that ends with “Will he (Joji) succeed n achieving his dreams?” and the introduction of the character, I was expecting a comedy/success story. Instead, it was a semi-dark and crime film. The film by Dileesh Pothan gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ for delivering a brilliant screenplay, with apt casting, and wonderful…

Anbirkiniyal (2021) is a thriller film starring Arun Pandian and his daughter Keerthi Pandian. The story revolves around a loving father searching for his daughter who hasn’t returned home while the girl is stuck in a life-threatening situation. Keerthi Pandian carries the film and runs with it and I liked her performance and the film. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ and is available on Amazon Prime Video. The first twenty minutes was a familiar sequence of a bubbly young girl who loves her father a lot and care for the people around her, still, it felt heart-warming to…