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Khatta Meetha Review

Overall Rating: 1.75/5

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Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand  Site:IBNLive

Whatever else you do, don’t forget to carry cotton for your ears when you’re heading off to watch Khatta Meetha, director Priyadarshan’s loud and outrageously insensitive new film.Disguised as a comedy, Khatta Meetha is in fact a drama about the deep-rooted corruption in our system.But Khatta Meetha, a remake of Priyadarshan’s own Malayalam film, Vellanakalude Naadu, is a seriously schizophrenic film. I’m going with a generous one out of five for Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha; this is cinema at its most tasteless.The movie ends with a music video in which Akshay Kumar dances to a song titled I’m allergic to bullshit. If indeed those words were true, we wouldn’t have to watch this film!

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

With Khatta Meetha, he tries to multi-task, once again, slipping from social satire to comedy in order to create a light-hearted comment on India’s bumbling, bribe-prone bureaucracy and unprincipled political class. Does he succeed? Yes and no. First, the highpoints….The film boasts of three wild and whacky comedy sequences which almost bring the house down.Add to this, a few more snippets of fun and games, and you have an outrageous comedy track, that sadly comes in bits and pieces only. And herein lies the tragedy of Khatta Meetha. The film is too long and has too much of high-pitched drama, leaving room for too little of the laughter circus. Now this does seem irksome, specially since the comedy bits crackle with such fun, they leave you desperately hungering for more. What’s more, the drama is mostly repetitive.Tune off a bit for the tedious middle and you could be in for some fun and frolic in Khatta Meetha,

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

When Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar join hands, you expect the cineplex to reverberate with laughter. Unfortunately, KHATTA MEETHA is noise [the actors scream a lot in this movie], more noise [the great promotion] and only noise, while the content takes a complete backseat. Although KHATTA MEETHA shouldn’t be compared to this combo’s earlier works, since this one’s a satire, I have to add that this is their weakest film to date.KHATTA MEETHA raises a finger at the corruption in government establishments, but what it tries to say, or expose, has been witnessed over and over again. In fact, it’s the writing — sorry, the absence of it — that makes matters worse. The beginning is good, the middle falters and the end is exasperating.

On the whole, KHATTA MEETHA is a major letdown from the accomplished director. It’s not a full-blown comedy. It’s not a full-scale satire either. Hugely disappointing!

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha is a part-funny, part-furious take on prevalent corruption and red-tapism through the misadventures of its chief protagonist, Sachin Tichkule. The deal with Mr Tichkule, promoted as the R K Laxman-inspired voice of common man, is that it’s more Bollywood than comic strip. As opposed to Khatta Meetha, the cartoon as well the original Malayalam movie Vellanakalude Nadu, are both strong on subtlety and aesthetics. Moreover, Khatta Meetha projects itself as a witty satire with reference to someone as reputed as Laxman but its uneven mood shift from ironical to intense augmented by cheesy dialogues like ‘Keechad mein baithe suwar ki tarah sust kyon ho?’ begs you not to be taken seriously.And, well, you comply.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Khatta Meetha lacks wit and sarcasm and by no means can be termed as a political satire. Rather it’s a blatant and full-blown melodramatic tale of corruption that one has witnessed in zillion films before. The writing branches into too many subplots from politics, family, romance but seems disjoint rather than appearing multifaceted. The family characterizations of a powerless patriarch (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), scheming siblings and the ridiculed younger son protagonist (Akshay Kumar) are quite reminiscent of Anil Kapoor’s Saaheb. In the last scene of the film, Akshay Kumar casually comments, “ mujhe kuch waqt ke liye shanti chahiye ” (I need peace for sometime). He pretty much resonates the sentiments of audiences who have been seeing him repeat the same loud and caricatured characters in the name of comedy. Khatta Meetha ends up leaving a bad taste in your mouth.

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  Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:KoiMoi

The film has a hotch-potch story and a hackneyed screenplay which cares little for logic and a lot for convenience.A major drawback of the film is that what begins like a comedy takes a rather serious turn after interval and becomes a family drama thereafter. The look of the film, its making, the ambience, all give the viewer the feeling that he is watching aSouth remake of the eighties, an era gone by.

What’s Good: Some comedy sequences, a couple of songs.
What’s Bad: The very convenient screenplay.
Verdict: Khatta Meetha is for the masses and the single-screen audience, not so much for the multiplex audience.

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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Kumar’s character Sachin Tichkule is a regular fellow all right, but not as bumbling and naïve as he’s been before. It’s not like he’s been cast in a mint-fresh die, but there’s just about enough to keep you going for its nearly three hours of running time. Just about. A couple of things stop this from being a good Priyan movie. It is criminally long, burdened with flat comedy tracks as faulty as Sachin Tichkule’s roads. Plus, the film veers uneasily between heavy emotion and loud comedy, another perennial Priyan problem. There are also a few objectionable scenes in a film which will be viewed by families with children.Laugh out loud would have served `Khatta Meetha’, and us, better. It’s been too long since Priyadarshan served up one of those.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Site:Glamsham

The successful director-actor jodi of Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar (HERA PHERI, BHOOL BHULAIYAA, DE DANA DAN) fails to entertain this time. Priyadarshan falls short to render the issue of corruption, which Rajkumar Hirani did effectively in portions of LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI. It has the right intent but offers nothing which we haven’t seen. The screenplay gets monotonous with Sachin Tichkule constantly borrowing money, his numerous tiffs with Gehna, perverted acts of Rangeela (Rajpal Yadav) and random songs.KHATTA MEETHA isn’t sour or sweet. It’s simply bland.

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