Cast: Ganesh, Saikumar Ranya Rao, Sadhu Kokila, Ashish Vidyarthi
Director: Manju Swaraj
Rating: 3 stars
In real, bursting firecrackers is undoubtedly harmful as it causes noise and air pollution amongst other things. But experiencing this for ‘reel’ wrapped in golden papers sounds pretty funny. However, this Pataki comes with a caution – to not find any logic as its strictly remade from the Telugu hit film Pataas with only one purpose – to entertain the audiences.
Unlike most highly anticipated films which eventually turn disappointing, this is a simple and straight forward commercial masala film which will start with a burst and then go completely silent. Yet again, for the benefit of those who haven’t seen the original Pataas (which was like a 100 wala fire cracker), this Pataki is mostly about Surya, the protagonist, a corrupt and dishonest IPS officer, a complete opposite to his honest and upright senior IPS officer.
Neither the plot nor the making emphasises on what really goes down in the police system, but the rampant corruption shown in a lighter vein holds the mirror against the corruption of a few dishonest policemen in real. Golden Star Ganesh in an all new avatar as the ACP, adds more fun and is double the dhamaka. The Dialogue King Sai Kumar plays his favourite role on screen – as a police officer.
So, with police officers as protagonists, it’s quite predictable that the villain has to be someone equally powerful who can pose enough challenges for twists until the end. The laughter inducing bomb is Sadhu Kokila playing a transgender who is in love with Surya but the young IPS officer has fallen for a journalist. More predictions will follow as the crackers start to burst.
Manju Swaraj does a neat copy of Pataas but not all of them explode, with some even misfiring! Ganesh is in his usual golden avatar but this time in a khaki outfit. If you have some free time to fire these crackers, it’s sure to ‘burst’ you into laughter. But do watch out for those misfiring ones which might put you off to sleep! By the end of it, you will either love police or the golden firecrackers.