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After a breakup time stands still for the lovers or maybe it goes in reverse. Katti Batti holds time still and you wish it'd move in any direction, just move.Read more
Two Nikhil Advani movies in two consecutive weeks. I am not sure if I am ready for that but I surely am ready for some candy floss urban romance where the only people against them coming together are their personalities. Or rather the combination of the personalities.
On the surface, Katti Batti comes across just like that. However, within the two-minute trailer itself it gets a little tiring and repetitive and dare I say, walks down the beaten path – marriage.
Sure, the lead lady character is whacky and it is exciting to see Kangna Ranaut play it. Also, Imran Khan fits into the simple boy mold well. But, the conflict that we don't know of seems to be a bait to a run-of-the mill climax. The hope then is that, there will be some fun and/or romantic moments along the way that will make the experience worth its while. Also, no harm hoping that one is wrong about the climax.
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "2/5"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "/5"
koimoi – "2.5/5"
Milliblog - "A soundtrack worth katti-battying with."
Music Aloud - "7/10"
indian express - "2/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
We've seen and are even used to what we fondly call, “mindless comedy”. Katti Batti is a “mindless romance”. The kind where the destination was known but the path to the venue seemed to be unchartered. It felt like the writer knew, they had a rough idea of what they wanted on the way. A little comedy - slapstick even, the typical woo-ing and faking nonchalance, and a lot of lingering around with nothing happening.
For some reason it felt like the run-time was decided before the script - the movie has to be this long no matter how you reach the number. Add songs, add random back and forth, add inconsequential scenes. No matter if they don't hold an iota of viewer's interest.
It is understandable that there can be no logic when love is at first sight. But, doesn't a romantic film let you in on why the relationship has held together so long? You can tell why Madhav Kabra (Imran Khan) has fallen in love with the chirpy Paayal Malhotra (Kangna Ranaut) but you don't know her side of the story at all. Why is she with him?
Anyway, we have to be convinced because he is convinced. So we accept and move on. But move on, he just doesn't. Yes, at least one end of a couple finds it very difficult to let go after most breakups. Our man Madhav aka Maddy seems to be the one in this love story. And that is pretty much the story. That he doesn't give up. That his gut tells him what his eyes see and brain processes don't ring true.
But, you get that in the first 10-15 minutes of the film while the film spends the next hour and more making sure you got the intensity right. Except that, it doesn't work on the intensity. It just asks you to believe the sulking Imran Khan. You don't feel the pain, other than the one when you realise it is not even interval yet.
Other than the back and forth time-line that the film uses to go between Madhav-Paayal's present break-up era and the years gone by when their love blossomed, Katti Batti has very little to keep you interested. And that too gets boring after a bit. In fact, the criss-crossing time-lines seem to have confused the writer themselves and the “physical intimacy” chronology is a little difficult to believe. In the middle of a making out scene, Madhav claims he just wants to cuddle in response to Paayal's “You want to make love, don't you?” Just doesn't fit in.
So, the makers try to make it up with different kind of picturisation for a few of the songs. It is intriguing, entertaining even. But, it gives the film a surreal video album kind of a glaze. Making the story even more unbelievable than it already is. That leaves all the onus of making something worthwhile in the film to the lead cast. Since what we can call the story is from Madhav's point of view, Kangna Ranaut hardly has worthy screen time. And the by the time she does have some meat to play around with, it is too late. Madhav on the other hand, has two modes in his point of view – sulk and smitten. He does play both reasonably well, but then again nothing we haven't seen before. It also feels like the romantic lead label for Imran Khan comes more from his chocolate-boy looks than actual romance.
No romance, zilch comedy in this rom-com. Should they stop trying so hard to remake movies and try their hand at some novel story-telling if not original stories?
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ps. A quick word about the use of FOSLA – Frustrated One Sided Lovers' Association. Way back in 1995-96, I am pretty sure, one from our group of friends had come up with this idea/concept. It was surprising to hear of the book, a rumor about a film and then see it in Katti Batti today. I guess, things had their own way of going viral back then. :D
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...You may accuse Nikhil Advani’s film of being dull in parts. But never does he fail to lift a scene with his sincere faith in the power of love to heal and nurture the human spirit. This is an intimate funny quirky rom-com about love life and, yes, the loo. Stylishly shot and packaged, it keeps our interest alive to the finale. ... full review
So-So, Bollywood Life : ...Imran Khan is back in form, as he makes for a believable lead, someone whom you can empathise with. Kangana Ranaut is spunky and cute, but since the first half revolved around Imran Khan, I am sure there is more of her in the second half. The Sarfira song is foot- tapping. If I felt there is anything awkward about the film, it is the caricaturisation of certain supporting characters and a couple of long drawn scenes.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Director Nikhil Advani’s efforts in making Katti Batti are pretty evident. His film looks top notch with its visuals as well as detailing all on mark. The opening credits done with the stop motion video is a nice touch too. It’s just the total turnaround from being a quirky romance to a weepy love saga seems a bit jarred. The humour doesn’t work at all. The music is just about okay as well. It could all have been slightly better, but even so, what plays out on screen is largely good enough for fans of the romantic genre. ... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...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. ... full review
So-So, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...Somewhere between glossy ad, glassy music video, sitcom and masala movie, Katti Batti leaves you pouting. This could've had the lusty, gutsy power of a full-blown French kiss - it ends up a pleasant but passing peck on the cheek. ... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...‘Katti Batti’ has some nice songs and the ‘Kissiyan’ number deserves a special mention but that is about it. This love story is not worth investing in. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Whatever little pleasure there is in Katti Batti comes from watching her. She has great instincts – she’s always a second or two off with whatever she’s doing, she catches you unawares. She affects the most unusual inflections in her line readings. And she’s completely comfortable with her body. It all adds up to a singular screen presence. The way she lights up after coming home and setting eyes on Milkha – you could rub your hands over that look on a cold night. I first kept thinking she deserved better. But without the likes of her, how would we ever make it through ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In the end, I would simply like to add that these big production houses keep serving us with the same content again and again and again, because we actually let them do so making no protests of any kind whatsoever as a paying viewer. So till we decide to show some concerning guts, this arrogant act of making such repetitive and ridiculous movies would continue as always without any major hindrance. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Hollywood does the quite romcom well, Bollywood is struggling to catch up, so much so that English lines are translated literally into Hindi. Who says woh aage badh chuki hai, for she has moved on? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...About 10 minutes into Katti Batti, I started having violent thoughts. These thoughts intensified when I recalled photos of Aamir Khan crying phoot-phoot ke after watching Katti Batti a few days ago. Aamir Khan, Imran Khan’s mama or chacha or whatever, should have at least tweeted that those were tears of deep frustration. That he was howling because he had been impaled for over two hours by this nonsense... full review
Thumbs down, by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA : ...Katti Batti has a promising start, but a weak script and some run of the mill moments kills the chances of it turning into something worth your time and money. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...By now, Khan has mastered the art of being the most irritating, obsessive, heartbroken teenager seen on screen. As for the missing Ranaut, it’s best to revisit her last film than suffer this one. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Songs are niche and forgettable, tempo is uneven, tone goes beserk and Imran and Kangana are likeable but did they really think this film would take them places? ... full review
Thumbs down, by Zehra Abbas , fullhyd.com : ...By the time the big reveal happens towards the end of the movie, you're already fidgeting impatiently in your seat. At this point, the change in emotional tone, and the descent into maudlin sentimentality is pretty jarring. Again, Khan and Ranaut salvage the ending somewhat, but the audience is left confused, and also feeling a wee bit manipulated. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...It's difficult to believe that we are seeing such inane stuff on screen from a director who gave us D-DAY. If at all Nikhil wanted the script to tug at one's heart, he should have seen ANKHIYON KE JHAROKHON SE 10 times and then redone the movie. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...It’s a terribly bad film. A rehash of old Bollywood hits, Katti Batti is far from perfection. All the claims of a fresh love-story were false, it doesn’t offer anything. Two lines from Roger’s song sum up the essence of Katti Batti: ... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Katti Batti is a stale, boring and insensible film that seems like a mockery at love and relationships, thanks to its crassness. In keeping with the efforts put by Imran Khan and Kangana Ranaut who are the only good things in this film, I am going with a 2/5 for it. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...Because there’s no effort made to develop any characters besides Madhav and (to a lesser extent) Payal, there aren’t any supporting performances to speak of. Khan is fine in the courting scenes—offhand charm comes easily to him—but isn’t a theatrical enough performer to make Madhav’s wallowing very interesting. Ranaut, lacking the sort of definition she’s had in her last few roles, is rarely as enigmatic as the film needs her to be, though she finds her poise in the closing minutes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum??? Well, the movie has a decent one-liner story with few enjoyable scenes and a decent soundtrack. However, besides these minimal positive points, the movie lacks highly on the main ingredient required for a love story and that is, romantic moments. There is nothing neither fresh nor new in this Ghisi Piti (stale) love story making it yet another edition of the flop movies in director Nikhil Advani's cap. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Troy bibeiro, NDTV : ...But what the director does not realise is that too much masala could spoil his film, at least for the audience.Overall, the tragedy of Katti Batti lies in the fault of its director. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Nikhil Advani has let down the audiences once again after last week’s disaster Hero and one starts wondering whether he had really directed Kal Ho Na Ho since every film of his has tanked at the box office whether it was Patiala House, Chandni Chowk to China, D Day, Safari or Hero.... full review
Thumbs down, by ViSHAL MENON, The Hindu : ...Imran Khan has clearly poured his heart out into yet another disappointing film — a film which, before release, seemed like it could get him back in the game, teaming up as he was with Kangana. As for Kangana, one wonders why she chose to work in a film which has so little for her to do… at this stage of her career. Oh Kangana… just when you were at arm’s length of superstardom. ... full review
YourStupidMuff: Katti batti achi hai. ~
YashRodriguez10: One think Katti Batti surely teaches - What true love is .... Hate such a sad ending
thimilien: #Katti_batti is the film that makes u cry while u smile.Wow. @kangna_ranaut rox again after the #Queen ..... Imran khan is back
theQOBhavna: okay maybe only person who liked Katti Batti... whatever.
TheFlyingAce: Good one time watch. Kangana is on fire with her roles this year! RT @PWNeha: Katti Batti with mom today. Full timepass mood.
TahilaniRahul: #KattiBatti : How Amazingly Creators Made Katti Batti Beautiful Locations , Brilliant Shots , Amazing Writing Skills.
swapnil_ik: #imrankhan is back with the outstanding movie #Katti_batti.. go watch it guys..
reluctantactiv: The give 3 stars to Happy new year and 1.5 to Katti Batti! seriously something is wrong with you critics man. #presstitutes
Omshinde13: Katti batti is a love good movies
nehacool: In love wth Maddy(Imran khan) of katti Batti... I just wish to my guy to b such #lovy_duby_flng <3 — feeling emotional
NavenduSingh_: Katti Batti is a good movie. Girls must carry some tissue papers with them. आंसू पोंछने के लिए ।
Mohamme62947032: I think audience should ignore bad reviews go and watch katti batti becoz imran khan kangana nailed the movie i watched just fab.
LifeNeedsMovies: 'Katti Batti' is kangna's most commercial film yet and certainly Imran Khan's best performance yet. A rom com that's enjoyable. #DateMovie
kushi123456: Katti Batti, emotional, drama, romance, comedy and crazy 2. Just go and watch it. Kangana & imran did justice 2 film http://twitter.com/kushi123456/status/645139841051705344/photo/1
isshwetaa: Katti Batti Day #Love#♥ :*
Harshakizubani: Katti Batti leaves you emotional and you leave the theatre with a heavy heart, if you leave your mind aside...
FahadG20: "Katti Batti" what a beautiful movie
AayushiGrover: Katti batti good movie
Aagan86: I loved Katti Batti. Let critics say anything they want. How can someone not like a film starting Imran? Kangana is added attraction
sush_ab2000: If the end is good everything is good. The movie katti batti followed this concept very seriously
sanjaykhandduri: Saw katti batti. Last 15 min brings u to a sob. But what was happening in rest 1.45 min is a mystery. Direction Camera superb.
Sand_In_Deed: Also don't get infulenced by the reviews, Katti Batti would be a decent one time watch with your loved ones.
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Meghnapahwa: Can't decide how I feel about Katti Batti
jamesbondkimaa: Watched Katti Batti. It's not as bad as its being portrayed. One time watch for sure.
inCredbL_indiaN: Katti batti - Bore towards the end.
dhwani13: Katti Batti 2/5. Not worth big screen
abhishek2911: Katti Batti movie review: music achha hai par story second half me bakwas lagti hai, reality se door door koi wasta nhi. I will rate 2.5/5
AaryanGala: Katti Batti - Old story, great performance by Kangana yet again, and Imran's actually acted well for a change. One time watch.
vishalgunner: Just watched Katti Batti! Shower of shit!
vardha1: Watched Katti Batti and all i could say in the end was.. Thankgod @KananGill you were not a part of it
unom13: Saw Katti Batti- perfect example of how script and screenplay can destroy a novel theme.
themarwaha: Katti Batti moved me to tears. It moved me right off my seat and out the cinema hall with yawn tears.
The_Pessimist__: Please rename the movie Katti Batti to Tatti Tatti
TeenDoPaanch: Katti Batti .. waste of time & money !! but then stop loss is 1000 bugs plus pop corn :)
takatakshashi: For uttar Pradesh " katti batti " means chutiya philam hey baa !
sushmite: Katti Batti is one of the worse movie ever watched...toit...I promise not to watch Imran's movie here after !!!!!
SunithaNahar: Just watched this movie katti batti to forget my pain , Don't know which was more painful
splendidstarkid: lol @ me for thinking katti batti would actually be worth the watch
SidForever123: Katti Batti bhi bekaar nikli. Tamasha better be good
shreyasraotweet: Katti Batti is so tattiie, that you should be refunded the ticket amount if you sit through the whole movie! #KattiBatti review
ShoebShaikh1990: Roy..besharam..katti batti..hero..brother...all fail..fan ko bewkhoof bana chodo yaar
shamrinalini: Katti batti is a serious waste of time and money. Sorry Kangana, you owe me 1200.
shadez: One word review: Katti Batti = Tatti
ScrollsNInk: Do not waste your money on Katti Batti.
SaneAusten: Never expected much from Bollywood anyway but Katti Batti was an all new low. A mix of stupid story, bad acting and laughable screenplay.
sadukifarzi: Just watched Katti Batti, and it was okay. It had no plot whatsoever, just a few moments. Meh. Don't recommend it unless you are bored.
rkkask01: पहले आयी Brothers उसके बाद Phantom, Welcome back ,Hero ,Katti- Batti, सब ने धोखा दिया , सब ने रुलाया फिर MSG2 (तुम तो भगवान थे राम-रहीम) 1/2
RehanMUFC: Katti Batti is emotional torture I love Kangana but sorry you owe me 700
raorosh: Is there anything more horrendous than sitting in a movie hall on a Friday night and torturing oneself to Katti Batti #epicfail #movie
Procaffinator: Writing a 5 page essay on how Katti Batti ruined me for life #Brb
prayag_sonar: Katti Batti rocks I mean throw rocks at it.
parteekjain: Sorry to say but "Katti Batti" is TATTI. Plz avoid!!!! #KattiBatti
pal_vy: Simple joys... 1)take mum for a movie 2)popcorn 3)eat most of the popcorn 4)resolve to never see katti batti again!
neer12: Katti Batti is a waste of time, money and energy!
naushad1002: Went For Katti Batti And realised this movie is Tatti
muskankhan99751: Katti batti bekar bakwas movie imran khan kab tak mama amir khan ki wajah se movies karta rahenga
movizark: Katti Batti (2015) Rating - 1.5/5 Honestly, I don't think their is much left to do with the Bollywood 'rom com'... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1046413025378616
MamataGautam18: Conclusion: They had just thrown an emotional trap to confine you. #Katti Batti
mainbhiengineer: Katti Batti is so bad that you should watch MSG 2 to experience a better cinema.
LogicalBakwaas: Katti batti, welcome back, Hero. Too many disasters in a month to survive.
lins143: Katti batti most disgusting movie ever seen time waste money waste kagana ranaut talent wasted total disater
Lesnars_Guyy: KATTI BATTI disappoints. I still love you kangna
killJ0y4: Katti Batti will give you brain tumour!
Karanworkoholic: If u really hate someone just tell him to go and watch Katti Batti
JITbac: katti -BATTI GUL ! Worst of the decade ! #KattiBatti #ImranKhan #KanganaRanaut @KattiBatti_Film
jicsrawal: I was Not Happy with Life, Then I watched Katti- Batti Now I can Also Make Career in acting and Spread Shit To others Life
JessApostrophe: DO NOT WATCH KATTI BATTI. #JanHitMeinJaari
jackipfr15: Imran-Kangana's KATTI BATTI is ordinary, Sooraj-Athiya's HERO disappoints!
itsPrinceInsan: Craze for the baba'a film. Baba ne KATTI BATTI ki to chuti krdi...
ikul_ak: Bad decision no. 1 - Let's watch Katti Batti. Bad decision no. 2 - Let's pay 350/- for the ticket too. #Thu #BoreoftheDecade
iamruxana: A serious waste of time was Katti Batti #Bollywood #runningoutofstories
gautamverma23: Katti Batti review: First, Aamir Khan cried, now the audience
Fidato__: Katti Batti is Tatti movie ! **
dedh_hoshiyar: Bhailog... Don't watch Katti Batti is utterly boring movie !!
dakshdeepak: The only Good thing in Katti Batti is the National Anthem they Played before the start of the movie
DailyO_: #KattiBatti shows #Bollywood is heartbreakingly pathetic with love stories | @vinayak25 | http://www.dailyo.in/arts/katti-batti-kangana-ranaut-imran-khan-deepika-padukone-cocktail-hero-masaan-margarita-with-a-straw/story/1/6323.html http://twitter.com/DailyO_/status/645135172975726592/photo/1
CominBack2life: Katti batti..kya kahun..kya tha yeh
cAsHiF2106: Katti Batti. Such a boaaaaringgg movieeeeee
boyplunger1978: Katti Batti competing with MSG 2 in terms of boredom although latter seems more stupid. #Bollywood
athira_rmenon: Katti Batti is epic fail! Such a let down :(
apurvnagpal: #KattiBatti : Anyone else found the film as annoying as I did ? My review : http://apurvbollywood.blogspot.in/2015/09/katti-batti.html
anupamsaxena: Wasted 2 hours of my life on Katti Batti. It’s 500 days of Summer but coz it’s Bollywood thr has to be a reason Summer is Summer - Cancer
ANKUSH4D: #bollywoodmasala katti batti is a classic eg. of how not to make a movie. Its a torture...director, writer must join FTII to learn sm skils
ameydevilred: Katti Batti is cringe worthy. May b worst of Imran. N Aamir is a pretentious snob. Did i mention ridiculous screenplay ?
AlishaCoelho: Katti Batti is vacuous. Whatay massive disappointment.
ahadfooty: Guys don't watch Katti Batti
abhishek_simlot: Katti Batti ... Bekaar .. Thumbs Down
Aafu_: I could watch Katti Batti only for 11 minutes 20 seconds.
AaadiVaashi: I was Not Happy with Life, Then I watched Katti- Batti Now I can Also Make Career in acting and Spread Shit To others Life
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