Jodi is a Telugu family drama, directed by Viswanath Arigela, starring Aadi Saikumar and Shraddha Srinath as the lead pair. Aadi plays Kapil, who works for a software firm and falls in love with Kanchanamala (Shraddha) because of her ideals. However, Kanchanamala’s father rejects Aadi’s marriage proposal, saying that the reason behind his rejection is Kapil’s dad (Naresh). The film, which has witnessed a slow opening at the box office, has now been leaked by online piracy website, Tamilrockers, which has a reputation of leaking prominent Bollywood, Hollywood and South Indian films within a few days and sometimes, even within a few hours, of their theatrical release.
Viewers access the website, which is officially banned, through proxy servers and are able to stream and download the latest movies, TV shows and web series. An anti-piracy cell recently arrested some administrative members of the website for their illegal activities, but the website continues to run as usual, giving sleepless nights to filmmakers and producers. It remains to be seen how the online leak of Jodi will impact the film’s business.
While the lead pair has been praised by some, the movie has received poor ratings and many negative reviews from critics due to its cliched storyline and bad direction, with too many things happening in the second half of the film. Neeshita Nyayapati, of the Times of India, gave it 2.5 stars out of 5, and wrote that Jodi was “a supremely simple film on the surface and even though Vishwanath tries hard to set it apart from a million other love stories, it ends up being just that by the end.” Y Sunita Chowdhary, in The Hindu, said “the screenplay goes haywire” and “you fail to understand where it is heading.”