Hyderabad: Isn’t Jathi Ratnalu the flavour of the season? Packed cinema halls with full bookings, the inundated calls and messages that Priyadarshi has been receiving, the actor couldn’t ask for more rewarding a film like this one. Priyadarshi had never imagined that slapstick punches of this kind would create such a fun and frolic experience on-screen.
The actor plays the character Pasupuleti Sekhar who takes birth every time a pressure cooker goes off. Recalling the story narration that he was given by director Anudeep KV, Priyadarshi says a crazy comedy can be translated well on to the screen.
“But, it was director Anudeep’s conviction that drove us to this end. It is a step-bystep journey again. It was Rahul Ramakrishna who came to me laughing, explaining how fun Anudeep’s story was. I wondered why such stories don’t strike me. Assuming that Anudeep was a fun and crazy storyteller, I was startled by his serious posture when he came to me. He began saying the character Sekhar takes birth every time when a whistle of a cooker goes off. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the narration. But I doubted how these silly jokes can be translated into an onscreen drama. Taking the example of the scene where three we lead characters wear jail dress code with heavy metal cuffs — I doubted whether such scenes evoke any laughter.
However, a little rehearsal and improving the timing during the shoot had made a big difference in the end. The whole process was so enjoyable — from idea to execution, I didn’t imagine that it would receive such applause,” he says.
Priyadarshi confesses that it is a kind of discovery to himself how audiences experience the final output. “I could still recall Pelli Choopulu days. How some of the comic scenes which I had never expected went on to do well. And now in Jathi Ratnalu too, initially I wondered how viewers take these dialogues — “Rice pettina, curries thechukondi”. And the other goes like this, “Within 2 mins Supreme Court nundi car raavale”. All of this was a big discovery,” he shares.
Reiterating that he doesn’t want to be tagged or identified with specific on-screen roles, the Mallesham actor says, “The urge to reinvent myself is an unending process. There is no specific character that I want to explore except playing a politician, I want to be everything. This is evident from the contrast of characters that I’ve been experimenting with — Mallesham, Loser and then came Mail in which I had played the role of Hybath. And now Sekhar in Jathi Ratnalu. All have different dimensions.”