Directed by Nikhil Advani, Katti Batti is a romantic comedy at its core! The plot isn’t ground-breaking or something the audiences haven’t experienced before. In fact, it’s a typical rom-com, perhaps even inspired from a Hollywood romantic comedy, like many Bollywood movies of this genre, repackaged in such a blatantly palpable manner that one can predict the end in the first 10 minutes of the movie, if not five.
So the story goes something like this – a middle class young architect Madhav (Imran Khan) is smitten by Payal (Kangana Ranaut) who is looking for a ‘casual relationship’. At numerous occasions, the college boy confesses his undying love to Payal. She keeps shrugging off his undying passion until she eventually gets convinced by his incessant pestering and caves into the idea of a live-in relationship, only to find out that it was the worst decision of their lives.
What happens next? Will these two lead characters have a happy ending? Or would they end up living separate lives? Thank me for not divulging any spoilers, for the very few who intend to watch the movie.
In terms of acting and screen presence, Kangana Ranaut is extremely natural and comfortable in her role. She has proven herself as an actress by the likes of Queen and the Tanu Weds Manu series, but unfortunately, her brilliance could not shine through because of the convoluted script.
Imran Khan too tries hard but it seems he can’t get out of his debut movie Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na persona, and acts beyond a college boy in his 20’s.
The rest of the cast members are just hanging in the scenes to make the movie progress since none of them deliver any performances which stick out of the mundane mediocrity that is this movie. The biggest flaw of the movie is that the trailer and the songs make the audiences expect that this movie will send you in throngs of laughter and greet you with a plethora of memorable, quirky one-liners, but let me tell you, this is just a façade.
In terms of music, few songs stand out more than the others, specifically Sarphira and Lips to Lips De Kissiya; others just don’t ring a bell or leave an impact.
Tushar Ray’s cinematography in the movie is praiseworthy, but the aesthetics in any movie are secondary and doesn’t add anything to the overall feel of the movie, especially when the foundation of the movie is weak.
I would suggest you pass the offer to go watch Katti Batti; perhaps you can watch it in the coming months either on a DVD or playing on your television screens. The uneven pacing, poorly constructed dialogues, incoherent sense of direction that even the very talented Ranuat couldn’t salvage it from doom. Audiences will feel totally cheated and wouldn’t bother wasting their money when they walk out of theatres.
Thank god, the prior name of this movie, Saali Kutiya was axed or I wouldn’t be surprised if cinema goers pelted the cinema with stones after watching the movie.
Now we all know why Aamir Khan cried after watching this movie as well. Since it wasn’t emotionally moving unlike Bajrangi Bhaijaan, this time, he was just worried about his nephew’s future in Bollywood.
I would rate it a three out of 10 and that’s me being generous.
from The Express Tribune Blog http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/29532/aamir-khan-cried-because-katti-batti-was-just-so-unmoving/