Khatta Meetha Movie Review: Basu Chatterjee’s Sweet Story
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-In Short: Two families come together when a widow and a widower with children of their own, decide to get married.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Verdict: Known for making simple and sweet stories, Basu Chatterjee once again comes up with a winner.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Story Plot: Homi Mistry (Ashok Kumar) is a widower, who stays with four sons whereas Nargis Sethna (Pearl Padamsee) is a widow, who stays with her two sons and an overemotional daughter.
When both Homi and Nargis are convinced by their mutual friends to marry each other, their children are opposed to the idea initially. Despite initial teething problems, the two sets of children finally learn to live with each other. However, when Nargis' son Firoz (Rakesh Roshan) falls in love with and decides to marry Zarine (Bindiya Goswami), the daughter of a wealthy businessman, the latter disapproves and tries everything in his power to create difficulties for the family.
How the family comes together to solve the problem forms the rest of the plot.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Performances: Ashok Kumar as the gentle soul Homi and Pearl Padamsee as the soft-hearted matriarch are an absolute delight to watch. Other actors such as Rakesh Roshan, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma, Preeti Ganguli, Ranjit Choudhary, David Abraham and others too perform their parts quite decently.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Direction: Basu is known for making simple, sweet stories about middle-class families and Khatta Meetha is one such fare. The story is not complicated and yet, it touches a chord with everyone, making you chuckle at times and bringing a lump to your throat with equal ease. Though the climax seems a bit unrealistic (Zarine's father seems to turn over a new leaf quite immediately), the film overall is one of the 'feel good' films that makes for a pleasant experience. Moreover, Basu thankfully stays away from Parsi stereotyping.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Music: With delightful songs like Mummy, tu kab saas banegi and Thoda hai, thode ki zaroorat hai, the film promises to be a treat for music lovers too.
Khatta Meetha Movie Review-Final Word: Like all Basu Chatterjee films, Khatta Meetha too is a simple and sweet fare.