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The Khatta Meetha Movie Review

Neither Khatta, nor Meetha
By Naresh Kumar Deoshi
Rating: 2/5

Neither Khatta, nor Meetha. Just plain hodgepodge shoved down your throat in niggardly doses during the course of a patience-testing two hours and forty minutes. Priyadarshan’s latest co-mad-ee Khatta Meetha is a bumpy road roller ride with as many plot-holes as open man-holes one is likely to find in a rainy season. Swoosh!

The irrepressible Akshay Kumar returns once again with his gummy grin and goofy gait. He is Sachin Tichkule, a road construction contractor who’s not been able to succeed despite being corrupt to the bones. With goggles on his grinning mug, an umbrella in tow, a well-ironed shirt carefully tucked inside the pleated trousers that hem in over a pair of polished Kolhapure chappals, Sachin, true to his name, is ‘Tich’ from head to toe. But when he hops on a cranky bicycle and pedals away from chasing creditors (Asrani), you know his condition isn’t better than the roads he makes.

At home, Sachin is ridiculed by his more unscrupulously corrupt brothers-in-law (Manoj Joshi and Milind Gunaji) and an idealist father (Kulbhushan Kharbanda). His sister (Urvashi Sharma), however, loves Sachin despite him being who he is. At office, Sachin is constantly under the heat from the new municipal commissioner Gehna Gampule (Trisha Krishnan) with whom he had a love affair that went kaput. Now, the two are always at loggerheads. In the field, Sachin helms a ragtag bunch of labourers, including the irrevocably lecherous Rangeela (Rajpal Yadav), constructing roads with less gravel and tar and lots of sand and mud.

In between these characters and a couple of debauched netas and babus, the story keeps veering from one plot-hole to another without ever getting anywhere. There’re no splashes, no laugh-out-loud moments, but just a bunch of childishly chuckle-worthy sequences with no lena-dena to the story - like the freewheeling road roller scene, or Asrani’s confusing telephone jugglery, or Johnny Lever’s over-the-top cameo or Akshay’s metamorphoses into a college going yuppie who perhaps flunked one too many exams from his teens to middle age.

It’s a madcap world of Priyadarshan’s making in Khatta Meetha. And against the backdrop of all this, there’s a track of a common man (Makrand Deshpande) who lost his family in a bridge collapse and is doing his personal investigation and collecting evidence to expose the people behind the scam.

By now we’ve witnessed too many goofball acts by Akshay to be amused by this one, but, to his credit, the actor does make the ride a little less bumpy and boring. Trisha fails to impress in her Bollywood debut. In fact, Urvashi Sharma, who has a marginal role, is better than her. Manoj Joshi, as always, hollers his lungs out, and Milind Gunaji doesn’t go beyond glowers and scowls. Rajpal Yadav does inject some fun to the flaccid script, while Asrani’s character could have been totally done away with.

Pritam’s mediocre tunes (with the song ‘Bullshit’ no better than its name) and Manikandan’s cinematography fail to spice up Khatta Meetha. As for the story, you just keep waiting for the moment when Akshay’s lame Sachin Tichkule will trot to heroism. That sadly doesn’t happen until the last ten minutes of the movie.

The humour in Khatta Meetha is bland and even borders on double-meaning ribaldry. In one dialogue a corrupt neta tells his bodyguard to frisk Makrand Deshpande properly. The neta says: “Uski acchi tereh se lena,” then after a long pause adds, “talaashi”.

After watching Khatta Meetha you feel Priyadarshan wanted to do the same with audiences.

Rating: Two Stars out of Five

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02 Aug 2010
Best Best Best!!!!!
Superb Actor Superb Filmrni love u my akshay Chacha so much......rni tell u everybody its a movie to see once must becoz after tht you must see
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01 Aug 2010
the worst film of a best star
this is the worst film i have ever seen.rnfrom any angle this is not looking like aki's film.rnnoone can say this is the same director who had
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25 Jul 2010
Khatta Meetha - good all the way
Go and watch''Khattha Meetha'.........Its a good movie..the film brings to the fore the extent of corruption that's rampant in the system...Go in
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24 Jul 2010
khatta meetha
Movie was good, but story was not fair. Akshay kumar did a wonderful job, all the characters did great job, & music's were fantastic.
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23 Jul 2010
good movie
In this movie URVASHI SHARMA looking very cute.
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