Director: M.N. Niranjan
Cast: Dhyaan, Harsha, Sadhukokila, Raju Ananthaswamy, Shubha and Antara Biswas
Contrary to its own claim, "A non-stop nonsense film," Jackpot makes a lot of sense.
Intelligently and neatly trimmed the fairytale like plot attempts to understand the pleasures and pains of love and the demands of genuine friendship among the youth.
Though the film begins with flippant and patchy situations with an abracadabra theme, it ends up as a relatively serious one whose sense and purpose are couched in humour and absurdity with pathetic undertones.
Director M.N. Niranjan has chosen comic and unorthodox narrative mode to punctuate the dreams of adolescents, their struggle and approach to get their dreams realised, inevitable course of rivalry, forced criminal tendencies and the grand realisation of selves.
The narrative technique, which integrates fantasy, reality and make believe occult practices in a repetitive fashion, offers fun at the superficial level and cajoles the audience to read meanings into the true colours and designs of human mind on a different plane when situations demand.
The film passes frank and convincing comments on the questionable attitude of Kannada cinema in encouraging new talents. The story deals with two of the four boys working as sales executives falling in love with a girl next-door, Preethi (Shubha), and their rivalry and approach to win her heart.
While Raju (Dhyaan) is straightforward, Rameshi (Harsha) prefers a short cut with the help of an idiot like tantrik (Sadhukokila), who transforms Raju into a beautiful girl Laila (Anatara Biswas). The rest of the story runs on the expected lines with a hilarious denouement.
Though all major players have lived their roles, Dhyaan, Raju Ananthaswamy and Anatara Biswas equally share audience's applause.