Director: Manju Swaraj
Cast: Ganesh, Saikumar Ranya Rao, Sadhu Kokila, Ashish Vidyarthi
In real, bursting firecrackers is undoubtedly harmful as it causes noise, air, and other pollutions but whereas experiencing this on 'reel' wrapped in golden papers sounds pretty funny. However, ‘Pataki’ too comes with a caution - to not find any logic as its strictly 'remade' from the Telugu hit film 'Pataas' with a sole purpose to entertain the audiences.
Unlike most of the highly expected films which eventually turn disappointing, this is simple and straight commercial masala which will burst and then go completely silent. Yet again, for the benefit of those who haven't seen the original 'Pataas' which was a '100 wala', Pataki is mostly about Surya, the protagonist, a corrupt and dishonest IPS officer, completely opposite compared to his honest and upright senior IPS officer.
Neither the plot nor the making emphasises much about 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 real policemen. Golden Star Ganesh in an all new avatar as the ACP, adds more fun and the double dhamaka. The 'Dialogue King' Sai Kumar plays his favourite role on screen as the 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 in the crackers right till the end. The laughing bomb is Sadhu Kokila playing a transgender who is in love with Surya but the young IPS officer has fallen for a journalist. More prediction will follow as the crackers start to burst.
Manju Swaraj does a neat copy of 'Pataas' but not all of them explode, few even misfire. Ranya looks thin and Ganesh is in his usual golden avatar but with a 'khaki' outfit. If you have some free time to fire these crackers, it will burst you into laughter but do watch out for those misfiring ones which might put you off to sleep. By the end, you will either love police or the golden firecrackers....