Katti Batti (2015): Nikhil Advani's syrupy cocktail of shallow and superfluous emotions

A half-baked cinematic product, lacking both vision and execution



By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Katti Batti, Movie Poster, Directed by Nikhil Advani, starring Kangana Ranaut, Imran Khan
Katti Batti - By Nikhil Advani
Our Rating: 4.0
IMDb Ratings: 5.6
Genre: Comedy | Romance
CastKangana Ranaut, Imran Khan
Country: India
Language: Hindi
Runtime: 135 min
Color: Color

Summary: A romantic comedy that follows Maddy and Payal's live-in relationship until a sudden turn of events creates a distance between them.
Katti Batti, directed by Nikhil Advani and starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan in the lead roles, proves to be quite an underwhelming experience. The movie over promises but terribly under delivers. It's the last thing an actress like Kangana Ranaut needed amidst the golden run she has been enjoying for quite some time now. Katti Batti comes across as a failed rocket launch wherein the rocket could never really make a takeoff. The only good thing about the movie perhaps is Imran Khan who tries his level best to put life into something starkly lifeless. Unfortunately, the non-linearity of the narrative fails to make up for the lack of meat in the movie's storyline.

Kangana Ranaut as Payal, in Katti Batti, Directed by Nikhil Advani
Kangana Ranaut in Nikhil Advani's Katti Batti
Meaningless plot twists are introduced so conveniently as if intended to insult the intelligence of the viewer. Of late, Kangana Ranaut has established herself as the thinking man's actress but there is little cerebral about her drab turn in Katti Batti. In addition to the absence of a cinematic logic, the movie also appears quite weak in terms of aesthetics. The movie fails to examine the social or moral implications of a live-in relationship in modern-day India. All the movie proves to be is a syrupy tale of shallow and superfluous emotions. The drama and suspense elements seem rather forced and only add to the viewer's annoyance.

Imran Khan as Madhav, in Katti Batti, Directed by Nikhil Advani
Imran Khan in Nikhil Adavni's Katti Batti
Plainly speaking, Katti Batti is devoid of any substance. The movie heavily relies on the use of gimmicks as a convenient substitute for organic storytelling. Nikhil Advani's blunt direction fails to give any flow to the shoddy material at hand. Except for the final few scenes, Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut fail to exude any romantic chemistry. Katti Batti, in a nutshell, is a mishmash of ideas which lack both coherence and structure. The only respite for the fans of Kangana Ranaut is that she continues to look like a Barbie Doll thanks to the lovely costumes she gets to wear in the movie; those looking after her wardrobe certainly need to be commended.

Kangana Ranaut as Payal, Imran Khan as Madhav, in Katti Batti, Directed by Nikhil Advani
A Still from Katti Batti
Overall, Katti Batti serves as half-baked cinematic product, lacking in terms of vision as well as execution. The subject of live-in relationships in the modern Indian society has all the ingredients of becoming a hot seller but, alas, the unimaginative treatment of the subject in Katti Batti leaves one utterly disappointed. While Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s music fails to inspire, Maahir Zaveri deserves a special mention the brilliant show in the editing department. Also, there is nothing exceptional about Tushar Kapoor’s cinematography. The movie borrows heavily from one or two Hollywood films (naming them would be tantamount to leaking major spoilers; contrary to the speculations, 500 Days of Summer is not one of them). Katti Batti is not actually a bad choice if you are merely looking for an activity to pass your time but it is far from being a compelling movie viewing experience. 

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5 comments:

  1. Alas I had expectations from this one :(

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  2. The problem with Indian cine-goers is not just that Bollywood has comprehensively ruined our collective cine-taste but that even among connoisseurs the inability to connect our reality with the best of world productions is openly & painfully evident. We were simply unable to connect our latest passion for building smart cities with the super efficient but derelict construct of Ridley Scott's genius vision of the city of the future, as depicted in "Blade Runner" where everything is under a command but nothing is in control! Even the most educated amongst us failed to relate to the fact that the movie 🎬 was made just two short of a year universally made famous by a British born in India in a book πŸ“š about watching, surveillance, invasion of privacy , targeting individuals, scrutinizing them, interrogating them, questioning their right to independence, dictating to them the terms of their life & living. Most enlightened Indians have heard of the book " 1984 " even if they haven't read it and all of them are familiar with the phrase "big brother is watching you" and yet they will not see , pun intended, the fine twist in the "Blade Runner" opening with the metaphor of pupil watching, pupil inspection , pupil analysis, which metaphor Ridley Scott expands, nay stretches to breaking πŸ‘‰ point, ending with Harrison Ford's pupil stare at the audience when he sees an origamic unicorn drop off the woman he insists must say she loves him, must say she trusts him, when she may well be ori-gaming him! And in-between somewhere in this amazing film πŸŽ₯ about seeing and blindness where the master is apparently watching the pupil created by him, in an amazing reversal the pupil punctures his master's pupils to create bloody orifices where the pupils were once in their sockets.Who is master who pupil aka slave aka replicant aka surrogate is the real chaser in this 1982 film πŸŽ₯ of great significance and signification to all of us today, but we are likely to miss the intent if we fail to understand that more surveillance and more command only leads to more crime and less control of it !

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  3. Wow... Sir, what a profound and insightful analysis of a multifaceted work of cinematic art! I am just speechless at this point in time :-)

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  4. Thank you 😊 Murtaza! In 1982 , the year "Blade Runner" πŸŽ₯ was released I was working with a few excellent American collaborations in the Indian automotive industry and among other things that I did there I had launched a film πŸŽ₯ society I called CINE-ACTION 🎬 for the top management @ head quarters in Hauz Khas. My firm belief was that our management team would only gain from the consumer insights provided by great film πŸŽ₯ makers of the world which was much needed at the time when the Japanese had been invited by our country to launch the Maruti-Suzuki aka the Maruti-800. Maruti-Suzuki simply revolutionised our auto industry and with their ike bana miniaturisation cultural underpinnings held out hope for our industrial economic social revival and growth dynamism by virtue of their small smart fuel ⛽ efficient car πŸš— in the face of a 200% increase in fuel ⛽ prices in that era of energy shortages. Not miraculously but by strategic dint India's middle class boomed and bloomed - a phenomena that Prez.Obama believes is the future way forward for the world...which is, grow the middle class outward rather than growing top down πŸ‘‡ or bottom up...and so I believe in the early eighties it is the Japanese who held out hope for us by creating our modern middle class. THIS IS REFLECTED IN THE MOVIE 🎬 "BLADE RUNNER πŸƒ" - NOT THE CREATION OF THE INDIAN MIDDLE CLASS WITH JAPANESE HELP BUT THE JAPANESE SELLING OF HOPE AROUND THE WORLD IN WHAT APPEARS IN THE MOVIE 🎬 AS HOPELESSLY DESTINED! But, ofcourse, there is a twist here as is everywhere in this brilliant film πŸŽ₯ shot πŸ’‰through & through by a myriad ironies. The Japanese hope-sell is all in the billboards, in the advertising in the form of a pill πŸ’Š for all ailments, while on the ground origamic miniaturization has been hijacked by what appears to be the Latino-Spanish known for their actions of extreme cruelty, the infamous inquisitions, the colonial genocidal dominance that in this film πŸŽ₯ becomes the crushing of the human spirit into infantile diminutive ori-gamic shapes twisted into possessable ownable shelf decorative acquisitions totally under the master's control! Which is Ridley Scott's vehement expression of the terrifying question: with globalisation whither socio-cultural symbiogenesis ? What if the liberating art of one culture falls into the bad πŸ‘Ž lands & worse hands of another? In Ridley Scott's talented hands, ofcourse,that becomes a riddle!

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