Sunday, September 20, 2015

Katti Batti – Imran and Kangana surprise us for different reasons

A poor guy can’t get over a fact that a rich girl dumped him after being in a live-in relationship for 5 years. He can’t stand the fact that the girl is marrying another guy and so desperately wants to stop her from marrying, the entire drama thrown around with few songs thrown in as well. And there’s a movie made around the whole situation. Tell me where’s the originality is this?
The transition of going into the flashbacks is good but it is messed up when transitioning back to reality. Imran Khan really surprises with his role and acting. His character feels like a matured version of the character he portrayed in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. The scene where his character is seen running at the airport will remind you of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. Kangana on the other hand has nothing new to offer. She is good as usual but now that we are used to seeing her play different characters that totally take everyone by surprise, this one will actually disappoint.
The film also stars Aadaar Malik and Vivaan Bathena. I was expecting substantial acting but I think the characters they played didn’t require that much of an effort. Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy isn’t bad and the songs don’t bore. I liked the comic book treatment given to the song ‘Lip to Lip’ and it’s also fun to listen. Apart from a few good moments here and there, this film has nothing new or substantial to offer.
At 2 hours 19 minutes, this feels like a long watch, especially in the last 30 minutes which could have been easily cut down by 15 minutes. When I think of Nikhil Advani I always think of Salaam-E-Ishq. I liked Salaam-E-Ishq even though it was long (ok way too long). But the point is, even though Salaam-E-Ishq was long it had something good in terms of acting and story. Katti Batti disappoints on those fronts.
Nikhil Advani has also directed films like Kal Ho Naa Ho, D-Day, Patiala House, Delhi Safari. I think Kabir Khan and Nikhil Advani wanted to make it their year at the movie theatres since they both return to directing after quite some time. But Kabir Khan had one hit (Bajrangi Bhaijaan) and one miss (Phantom), whereas Nikhil Advani had two misses (Hero and Katti Batti).
I was expecting Kangana to surprise once again with her acting. Well, she did surprise by not having a good character and a disappointing role. Watch Katti Batti only if you are an Imran Khan or Kangana Ranaut fan.