A week after providing two newcomers a nonsensical debut, Nikhil Advani is back with a romantic comedy in the form of Katti Batti. The movie stars a fresh pairing of Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut. While Imran makes a comeback with this one after his short sabbatical, a lot is expected from Kangana after her last outing, Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. So Let's find out whether 'Katti Batti' will give us another fresh, romantic film or might end up being yet another old wine in a new bottle type of romantic film.
The movie opens with the scene of Madhav Kabra (Imran Khan) drinking phenol, his friend and sister taking him to hospital in order to save his life. When they take him back home, starts a flashback of Madhav and Payal's (Kangana Ranaut) love story.
Then follows a typical rom-com of the boy meets girl, the two fall in love, they move into live-in relationship and then crops up the innumerable differences which ruin their love story. Due to some unexpected twists and turn, Payal ends up leaving Madhav, will the lovers reunite or not, why she left him forms the crux of the story.
The only one thing that Imran Khan is good at is rom-coms and he tries to put his heart and soul in it. In this too, his effort is shown and the movie can prove to be a welcoming comeback for Imran. The fresh pair of Imran and Kangana looks made for each other and sets the screen on fire.
Kangana is a pretty sorted actress. She knows her timing well and showcases some amazing performances in all her films. Her awesome display of emotions in the climax is worth watching. Also the one thing that keeps everyone going throughout the film is the lead pair’s adorable chemistry.
Apart from the chemistry and the performances, everything in the movie falls flat in the face. After his last week’s disaster Hero, Nikhil’s film making in Katti Batti too is extremely average.
From a few Hindi romantic comedies like his own Kal Ho Na Ho, Saathiya to Hollywood rom com like Sweet November, Nikhil direction seeks close resemblance to these popular films at various points. We wonder what happened to tweaking. First it was Hero that Nikhil had picked up as it is from the cult Hero and now this.
Even though the lead pair showcases good performances, their characters are just so poorly written. The sad part here is the movie which purely revolves around Imran and Kangana is hardly in the picture. It seems that the makers have only used Kangana’s name to attract her huge fan following.
The first half is a little bearable and the second makes absolutely no sense with only regular flashbacks. The dialogues are fine as the lines which were supposed to be funny did not manage to evoke many laughs. Except for Sarfira, no other songs are good. Editing is fine and cinematography is good. However, the script and the direction are the two things that we are disappointed with, the two things that the movie stands on.
There is nothing neither fresh nor new in this Ghisi Piti (stale) love story making it yet another edition of the flop movies in director Nikhil Advani's cap.