Katti Batti Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:42:28.3400000 IST

UTV Motion Pictures, Nikhil Advani directed (as well as produced), KATTI BATTI, promises quality musical outing in the young, frothy rom-com, and no better than the masters themselves, the talented trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy to deliver chartbusting scores.


The song that is already burning dance floors and climbing charts, 'Sarfira', is a carefree, free spirited bouncy rhythmic dance number always so very associated with SEL. Ideal for pubs and discos and aimed at the Gen X. The song has been rendered well by young guns, Siddharth Mahadevan and Neeti Mohan and Karan Mehta.

'Lip To Lip' is yet another cute number that brings a smile to the face due to its naughty lyrics that put forth the importance of lip to lip kissing. Novel idea indeed! Nikhil D'Souza and Ritu Pathak render the number with ease with Ritu bringing in nasal twang to give the song the humorous retro touch.

Shankar regales and floors all with a heart touching rendition of the sad separation, heart break number, 'Sao Aasoon ', and is well supported by Rasika Shekhar. The song is in the same corridor and almost in the same class as SEL's one of the best ever sad numbers, 'Tanhai (DIL CHAHTA HAI) and 'Sau Dard Hai' (JAAN-E-MANN), stands tall due to its superb lyrics (hats off to Kumar!), arrangements, melody and singing.

SEL are in top form once again in the soulful, extremely melodic, semi classical (Punjabi 'Heer) and heart touching 'Ove Jaaniya' which takes one back to the SD Burman days of yore. The song that pays rich tributes to true love gets the backing of some lovely lyrics and excellent rendition by Mohan Kannan.

New (to Bollywood) but extremely accomplished Indian classical and semi classical singer, Sayani Palit, gives a good account of her trained polished vocals in the reprise version of 'Ove Jaaniya', which she sings almost unplugged with just caressing piano notes in the background.

The fun, party song that is capable of waking up 'Kumbh Karan' (the mythological sleepy figure from Mahabharata) , 'Jaago Mohan Pyaare' is a chartbuster. The mast youthful atmosphere is created through pulsating rhythm, lovely electronic arrangements with a host of singers like Siddharth Basrur, Rasika Shekhar, Digvijay Singh Pariyar and Raman Mahadevan having a party .

Summing up, SEL are back with a bang and they deliver chartbusting scores as per expectations. Our favourites 'Sao Aasoon', 'Ove Jaaniya' and 'Jaago Mohan Pyaare'. The hit album (and queen Kangana) should ensure a good to decent opening for KATTI BATTI when it releases all over on 18th September.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

Nikhil Advani shocks yet again, for the second week in succession. Last week it was the lifeless, listless HERO and now KATTI BATTI. If HERO was a bore, KB, is no Kill Bill! In cricketing terms, Nikhil has scored back-to-back Golden Ducks!


Nikhil literally smothers you with his super display of insanity masquerading as a script on screen. You have the hero (Imran Khan) going back and forth thinking about his past to help you connect with the sudden disappearance of his girlfriend (Kangana Ranaut) from his life.

First Nikhil shows you actual scenes of a flashback. And as though that was not confusing enough for the viewer, he concocts the same scenes with a different version, which was not shown earlier to the viewer. I mean, is this bullshit or what? Then you also have the heroine's friend creating that same scene with another meaning!!!

And finally we are shown a scene where the hero leaves his heroine stranded at the airport, which apparently is what ticked her off and made her dump him like a hot potato. Now, if only that scene was shown earlier it would have made life so easier for the viewer.

But no, Nikhil has another ace up his sleeve (or so he would like to believe) which he will reveal only at the end of the film, thereby lengthening it by another 30 minutes by which time you have lost all interest in the film.

Also Read - KATTI BATTI Music Review

The friends are superficial lunatics, so are the other cast. Not one character makes sense in this film and for one scene, the parents of the hero are put through a performance of Devdas on stage after the hero has been sloshed downing a few beers. All through the performance he is drunk, suddenly he comes alive as though not a drop of drink is left in his belly.

And his superficial idiotic friends do something that not even friends in a 70s movie would do. And here we are talking about the year 2015!

If the friends shown in the first half were as I described them earlier, the hero meets up with new friends in the second half which are even worse. He settles with them as though they were buddies from childhood. They call themselves FOSLA, which stands for Frustrated One Sided Lovers Association. Apparently, they too have been ditched on the altar of love. They now have a band and they sympathise with our hero.

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.

Indeed, this is FOSLA KA GHOSLA!

Rating 0/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Manasvi Mamgai
  • Lyrics: Kumaar
  • Director: Nikhil Advani
  • Music Director: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
  • Release Date : 18 Sep 2015