Katti Batti. A silly title for a seemingly fleeting romantic comedy. Starring Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut, this latest Nikhil Advani flick is somewhat unique yet predictable at the same time.
Meet Madhav alias Maddy (Imran Khan), a nerdy architect who falls in love with the rebellious Payal (Kangana Ranaut). Before they know it, the two are in a pseudo-commited live-in relationship for five years. Unlike the trailer suggests, this film is not directed very much like a typical Bollywood love story (or even like a romantic comedy for that matter). Nikhil Advani tries to weave in some poignant ideas about loss, human nature, and the meaning of relationships.
While the emotional depth in certain parts was expected from Advani after delivering soul stirring hits like Kal Ho Naa Ho, there were other scenes where I found myself cringing at the stupidity of the screenplay and character motivations. Even though the film is only 2 hours and 15 minutes – relatively short for a Hindi film – the editing could have been more crisp, as the plot seemed to drag at times.
One minor detail that I appreciated in this film was the cinematography in a particular part of the song “Sarfira” (see image below). Props to cinematographer Tushar Kapoor for this creative camera angle in an otherwise typical Bollywood club number.
The use of flashback to tell Maddy and Payal’s love story was nice and reminiscent of the flashback storytelling in Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey. The Devdas references and hilarious one-liner dialogues delivered by characters were a laugh riot and really added to the comedic elements in the film.
Needless to say, Kangana Ranaut acted beautifully in this film. Unfortunately, this wasn’t too different a role for Imran Khan from some of his previous roles but he executed the part of Maddy quite well. It was a pleasant surprise to see the DMV’s own Nikitasha Marwaha in a supporting role on the big screen!
Final Verdict: Katti Batti is an average film on the whole but the ending changes your overall impression of the film when you leave the movie theater. The screenplay does get boring at times through the first half and beginning of the second half but picks up in suspense and emotional intensity towards the end. Watch it for Kangana!