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Khatta Meetha

 

Hindi, Comedy, Drama, 2010, Color





Struggling road construction contractor, Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar) is doomed to dream big. There is no chance in hell that his dreams will ever come true, simply because he has no money to bribe! And now to make matters worse, the new municipal commissioner turns out to be his ex-girlfriend (Trisha), who now hates him...



Priyadarshan hits a new low with Khatta Meetha. As it is, much of his recent Hindi work has been loud, slapstick, corny, largely unfunny and this film is no exception. In fact, it is practically devoid of any humour and is actually a loooong tedious watch with little going for it.

A rehash of Priyadarshan's earlier Malayalam film, Vellanakalude Nadu (1988), starring Mohanlal and Shobhana, Khatta Meetha simply fails to take off. Barring the odd forced-for-laughter-dialogue, the overlong film is totally done in by its weak script (if one can call it that), idiotic gags in never-ending scenes like Asrani with the phones, inconsistent characterisations that change with the mood of the film, clumsy and matter-of-fact execution of most of its scenes, C grade melodrama in the second half and songs which though adequately tuned, do nothing for the film. The film works neither in its so-called funny or satirical moments nor in its 'emotional' ones.

Hmmm performances (again, if can one call them that) - Akhsay Kumar overplays, contorts his face and has you gobsmacked as he plays a college student in the flashback sequences while Trisha, in her Hindi film debut, a makes no impact at all with bad out of sync dubbing in many a place. Neither has she been styled or photographed well, especially in the songs where she looks cheap. Manoj Joshi is loud, Rajpal Yadav irritating, Johnny Lever unfunny, Urvashi Sharma weak and Aroona Irani, Makarand Deshpande and Tinnu Anand wasted. Only Kulbhushan Kharbanda manages to give his role some dignity - something that the film didn't really deserve.

Technicalities are nothing to write home about. All in all, this extremely sour film has nothing sweet about it.


Upperstall review by: Karan Bali aka TheThirdMan





 

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