Katti Batti Movie Review: The Tragedy Of Love
Starring Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut opposite each other for the very first time, Katti Batti is an intense and emotional tale of love and heart-break, which has not been seen in Bollywood since a long time.
The story starts off when Madhav Kabra (Imran Khan), a nerdy architecture student falls for the bohemian and commitment-phobic Payal (Kangana), despite the misgivings of his friends. The two start living in together in Mumbai but tragedy strikes when Payal Madhav (Maddy) dumps and vanishes from his life, leaving him devastated and allegedly suicidal.
The heart-broken Maddy tries every trick in the book to trace Payal and finally does, to discover a deadly secret that had been hidden from him. What is the secret? Watch the film to find out...
Imran, who plays the nerdy Maddy, impresses with his earnest, honest and intense performance and your heart goes out for him when he pines for Payal. Despite being paired opposite the Queen, Imran holds his own and doesn’t let Kangana overshadow him. On her part, Kangana is simply impressive though at times, her character comes across as the urban version of her Tanu Trivedi avatar. But the actress proves beyond all doubts that she is a performer in the last 15-20 minutes of the film. The rest of the cast has put in a decent performance.
Nikhil Advani, who has helmed this tale, deserves a pat on his back for coming up with a visually delightful love story, which is thankfully not fluffy. Katti Batti is as intense as it comes, though at times, you wish the emotions could have been dialled down a bit because it is doubtful whether today’s generation, which is used to speed-dating and instant gratification, will connect to the story of a man, who keeps pining for his woman for a major part of the film.
Also, some of the scenes cross the realm of realism-like when Maddy’s college pals risk life and limb and come up with an elaborate charade to prevent Maddy’s parents from discovering that he drinks beer and the way they all come together to prevent the hero from discovering the deadly secret about Payal.
In addition, the sudden appearance of the Sufi rock group FOSLA (Frustrated One Side Lovers Association), whose members go out of their way and risk arrests to help someone they have barely met is again something that is tough to digest. The second half could have been made crisper too, we think...
However, all said and done, Katti Batti is quite a visually appealing emotional roller-coaster ride with some good music thrown in. Watch it for the performances and the emotional quotient.