Jatrai Jatra Review : Nepali Situational Comedy Takes a New Height

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Rupak Risal
Rating: 3.5/5

Without any further ado, let me say that if you are thinking movie sequels are only made to cash in on the fame of their predecessors and rarely carry any authenticity, this writer/director Pradeep Bhattrai helmed venture will definitely prove you wrong. JatraiJatra is much better in all aspects than Jatra. Formula used in Bollywood comic capers has been applied aplenty, but Nepali viewers will be treated with loads of authentic flavors and a contemporary local phenomenon to make the proceedings look very original.

The story starts with a link to its prequel and the lead characters have no means of survival now. Fanindra’s (Bipin) wife doesn’t want to live with him, so he ends up living with Jayram (Rabindra Singh Baniya) and Munna (Rabindra Jha). A freak accident makes Fanindra owner of 10 kilograms of gold and eventually his roommates find out about it. What sort of trouble they get into because of this gold and whether they will be able to fend off the rightful owner and cash in on it makes up the rest of the story. JatraiJatra is a crazy world of greedy people, where poor souls have no respect. As a result, everyone wants to be rich. The rich mostly take pride in it and become abusive regardless of how they became one.

The dons, smugglers, and leads all behave like a part of our contemporary society. Most of the characters are always after the money and even the seemingly honest ones’ morals are shaken at a small sign of a possible gain. The movie feels like a reflection of our contemporary society, no wonder our country is in such a mishap.

Very sincere effort has been given in creating situations and writing dialogues that perfectly suit the scenes. The screenplay is another highlight of the movie, which aids the story in flowing smoothly. There are many laugh out loud moments in the movie and they all add value to the story line and aren’t there just for the sake of making people laugh. The reason behind Barsha’s love for Bipin despite his mistakes is very effectively showcased via their son. However, the ending doesn’t justify his character that was so praised in that particular scene. Perhaps the writer wanted to show him as a practical man.

Rarely do we see the characters given such significant roles to play in a Nepali movie. In Jatrai Jatra, all the characters have their moments to make the viewers laugh or cry and they all shine in their roles. Most of the actors look natural and have given very convincing performances. Though Dayahang looks misplaced at the beginning, his character slowly seeps into the role and feels like a part of the team later on.

The sharp and to the point one liners uttered with perfect timing by the characters are the highlights of the movie, especially ones by Bipin (uttered with lazy innocence), Rabindra Singh Baniya (nonchalance and distressful yet funny) and Rabindra Jha (under the stress yet sharp and effective).

Usually the comic capers made everywhere else have leave-your-brain-at-home syndrome, but to call this one the same would be unjust to the actors, writer/director and others involved behind the camera, for their sincerity and attention to details can be well noticed while watching this cinema. Viewers can have a really good time in theatre, along with their family as well.

Producer: Singe Lama, Yagyashwar Paudel
Director: Pradeep Bhattrai
Cast: Bipin Karki, Dayahang Rai, Rabindra Singh Baniya, Rabindra Jha, Barsha Raut, Raja Ram Poudel, Prakash Ghimire, Sohit Manandhar, Kalu Ranaet al.

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