Film review: Katti Batti – This is 500 days of dumber
Director: Nikhil Advani
Starring: Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut
If you’ve seen the trailer for Katti Batti, you’ve already seen all the best bits. The stars, Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan, waxed eloquent about how the film offers a realistic look at relationships and break-ups – but the truth is that it is over dramatic and very “filmy”, not really authentic at all.
Khan portrays Madhav, a geeky architect who falls in love with Payal, a jet-setting bohemian who leaves everything behind to move in with “Maddy” when college is over.
The film also features a bossy sister, an overprotective best friend, a stereotypical evil ex-boyfriend, a band called Fosla (their name standing for “frustrated one-sided lovers association”), and a token hot girl who is only used for one night stands after a break up.
There was a lot of hype around the film, which was supposedly inspired by the acclaimed Hollywood comedy-drama 500 Days of Summer – but there is absolutely no connection, which is probably a good thing as the makers of that film would probably be affronted to be connected in any way with Katti Batti.
Khan has a lot of screen time which, given his acting “skills”, is not a good thing. Ranaut is reduced to a role that is little more than a clothes horse, and her acting skills are only put to use during the last half-hour of the movie.
The film is two-and-a-half-hours long but feels a lot longer, as Khan spends a lot of time looking back at what went wrong in the relationship. As such, the film offers a very one-sided perspective and is awfully sexist for a “coming of age” film.
Director Nikhil Advani’s attempts to inject some humour fall flat – scenes that involve Khan pinching a baby to make it cry, cuddling his pet turtle while talking about his mummy, damaging an expensive pot because he wasn’t given the information he wanted, and a ridiculous Devdas re-enactment fail to raise any laughs.
The music is mediocre, the plot rubbish and the climax incredulous. Save your money and give this one a miss.
Updated: September 19, 2015 04:00 AM