Ratnakar Movie Review – A full-on entertainer that merits a watch
The Assamese movie industry, also known as Jollywood had became almost extinct until its recent revival with the efforts of popular artists such as Zubeen Garg, who recently delivered a hit movie called Kanchenjunga.
However, if there’s one man who’s given some of the best films the industry has seen, it’s Jatin Bora and boy he’s made as perfect a comeback as can be.
Ratnakar sees Jatin Bora donning the hat of both an actor and the film’s director, roles he seamlessly performs and manages to create a movie that not only merits a watch but is technically sound.
Right from the plot, to the performances, to the sleek editing and gorgeous locations, Ratnakar manages to grab your attention from the very first scene and there’s not a dull moment till the end.
The film, thanks to musical maestro Zubeen Garg, has some of the best songs the industry has seen in recent times and the background score’s also brilliant.
Coming to the the plot of the movie, it doesn’t try too hard to do anything that’s not done before.
The basic premise of the film revolves around the relationship between single parent Jayanta (Jatin Bora) and his daughter whom he lovingly calls Mumu (Ashramika Saika) in the film and the struggles they face due to challenges life throws at them.
The child artist who plays Jayanta’s daughter has displayed skills far beyond her age and is one of the show stealers of the movie.
Jatin Bora as Jayanta is near perfect and he effortlessly switches between Ratnakar and Valmiki, two different shades he plays in the movie. It’s almost as if he was born to play this role.
The two female leads Barsha Rani Bishaya and Nishita Goswami does justice to their roles, but Barsha Rani steals the show as the rich business man’s daughter who’s in search of real and selfless love.
The supporting cast also pitches in great performances, especially Sanjeev Hazarika, who plays the role of the vengeful yet bereaved father who can’t really decide what he must do.
The characters residing in the old-age home is an welcome addition, who also provides some comic relief for the audiences.
Ratnakar doesn’t deserve a watch because it’s one of the rare Assamese commercial movies to come out these days, but it proudly commands a watch purely on the basis of how well made the movie actually is, backed by some superb performances, great casting and solid productions values.
It’s a much needed shot in the arm for the struggling Assamese film industry and is sure to win the hearts of audiences and create a new era of Assamese cinema which are on par with any other commercial movies out there.
IF you’re reading this review and are a movie buff and are yet to watch Ratnakar, there is still time to do so.
You owe it to yourself to go and watch this film in theatres, where it’s meant to be seen.
As an Assamese, I would be lying if I told you that I’m not feeling a sense of pride after seeing Ratnakar as it relies merely on its content to succeed.
I hope more such movies come out of the industry sooner than later and Jollywood regains its lost glory and surpasses all expectations.