Film review: Katti Batti – This is 500 days of dumber

Katti Batti has a rubbish plot with an incredulous climax.

A scene from Katti Batti starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan. Courtesy UTV Motion Pictures
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Katti Batti

Director: Nikhil Advani

Starring: Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut

Two stars

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.

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