Title: Katti Batti
Directed by: Nikhil Advani
Produced by: Siddharth Roy Kapoor and Nikhil Advani
Written by: Anshul Singhal
Kangana Ranaut as Payal
Imran Khan as Madhav “Maddy” Kabra
Music by: Shanker Ehsaan Loy
Production Company: UTV Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment
Release date: 18th September, 2015
Genre: Romance and Drama
After giving hits like Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, one would expect a lot from Kangana Ranaut, and I went to watch Katti Batti with huge chunks of expectations, all of which went down just ten minutes into the movie. But I would not blame Ranaut for such a performance. It is Advani who is to be blamed.
So, the story goes like, boy(Imran Khan) meets girl(Kangana Ranaut), girl meets boy, they fall in love, then out of love, then in love again, and in the process do no charm the audience.
Before going to the flaws of the script, the most important thing that is wrong in the film is the star cast. Though Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut have given real honest performances in the film, the characters don’t work for them, and what doesn’t work even more is the chemistry between them. The movie is basically a love story, but there is no love involved between the two protagonists. Both Ranaut and Khan are the wrong choice for the film, specially when Ranaut’s character is totally dependent on Khan’s. While, ironically, in real life, it is quite the opposite!
The script and narration of Katti Batti is so bad, that even stellar performances by Kangana and Imran Khan could not have saved the movie. There are various instances in the movie, which make you want to get up and leave. But Kangana’s past choices make you believe that there is more to Katti Batti, and it is not just a bad script.
The fact that Maddy and his best friend keep fighting in their office and no one stops them, and that they talk about a girl from their own office and nobody cares is too hard to believe.
Advani even fails in creating humor in the story. The scene where Khan pees on the 5,00,000 Rupees toilet makes you cringe and not chuckle. And the humorous (?) character of Maddy’s South-Indian boss is not humorous at all. The name of Imran and Kangana’s turtle, Milkha is the only comic element in the film.
Advani’s insistence on contrived humour is intensely irritating.
Kangana Ranaut’s radiant presence is the only silver lining to this tripe. One sees more vigour and variety in her hairstyles than the story. It’s never easy to play a character told entirely through someone else’s perspective but the savvy actress does her best to sparkle amidst unending silliness.
Yet it’s criminal how Katti Batti squanders her abilities and takes the good will her recent work has generated to palm off ambiguous as avant-garde.
In the recent past, we have seen liberated women like Piku and Datto celebrating the silver screen. And here, in Katti Batti, we have Payal, who is used as an accessory. Advani has not only made this mistake in this film, but also in his previous, Hero, where Athiya Shetty is also used as an accessory. Advani seems to have a stereotypical mindset, and he believes in the fact that men and women are distinguishable, and of course, men are stronger (at least his movies say so). On one hand, we have had Anand L. Rai and R. Madhavan portray Kangana Ranaut as a very strong female character, where she is the hero and Madhavan takes the side, Advani tries to prove that Imran Khan is the hero and gives Kangana the side slot, which is not possible when you have a star cast like this, where the male actor is struggling for fame, and the female counterpart is the best in the industry!
All in all, if you haven’t watched Katti Batti, DON’T.
My Rating: 1.5/5