Thursday, 23 May 2019

Movie Review: Jatra Jatra

Posted by Anup Baral | May 23, 2019 :
For the Nepali comedy lovers who were frustrated with recent Dal Bhat Tarkari, Jatrai Jatra is a relief. This week’s release makes sincere efforts to make the audience laugh with a smoothly narrated story presented in natural acting. Though it falters a bit in the second half due to overdramatisation, the movie is evidence that a flowing story and skilled acting can make an interesting comedy about boring complexities of human life, taking examples from odd and serious characters and circumstances.atrai Jatra begins from the point its three-year-old prequel ‘Jatra’ had ended, and builds another similar pattern in the next two hours and a quarter—with the same characters and setting. Hence, it is among a few Nepali movies that can be truly called sequels. It helps the audience understand that popular brands like Chhakka Panja and A Mero Hajur are not sequels though sometimes they are claimed to be—for they present different standalone stories, completely unrelated to each other; what they have common is similar themes and same actors. Whereas the three characters had landed in a banknote forgery case last time, they are into a gold smuggling case. The movie interestingly exposes how these ‘innocent’ people get attracted to criminal activity with a hope that it would help them improve their standard of life. Because it is a comedy, the movie has a happy ending—the characters are successful in saving themselves from police action; instead they manage to help the law enforcers find out the real culprits. Like its prequel, this movie also presents a philosophy that life gives you more than what you expect; and if you can rightly handle it, you survive any kind of difficult situation. It is a comic retelling of Darwin’s ‘survival of the fittest’ philosophy. However, ‘Jatrai Jatra’ is also a standalone artwork. The audience which has not watched ‘Jatra’ also can understand the core story and its message clearly.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.