Buffoon + Bimbette = Garbage oops Khatta Meetha

Khatta Meetha Box Office: Disaster, Big Disaster

What happens when Bollywood’s buffoon-king Akshay Kumar meets Kollywood’s bimbette-queen Trisha Krishnan?

According to critics, the answer is foul-smelling garbage.

Indian movie critics have lashed out at Khatta Meetha, the new Bollywood film featuring Akshay Kumar and South Indian starlet Trisha Krishnan.

Here’s a sample of unflattering reviews for Khatta Meetha directed by Priyadarshan:

India Times

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  (1985).

Akshay Kumar continues his buffoonery which is not much to speak about. Trisha has nothing notable to deliver in her Bollywood debut. None of the countless character artists are worth a mention.

India Today:

I want to tell all of you, we’ve been had. And had bad. Khatta Meetha is proof of that. At over two hours, it is silly, noisy, and repetitive. It’s also weirdly misogynistic


[T]his is cinema at its most tasteless.


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.

Indian Express

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. Rajpal Yadav is made to execute a favourite Priyadarshan scene : to peep into a bathroom with a wet woman in it. Someone should tell him the novelty wore off long back. Plus, the film veers uneasily between heavy emotion and loud comedy, another perennial Priyan problem.

India FM

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.

Trisha carries the Plain Jane look well, but fails as an actress. The fiery attitude, so vital when you’re enacting the role of the Municipal Commissioner, is missing.

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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16 Responses to "Buffoon + Bimbette = Garbage oops Khatta Meetha"

  1. ravihyd84   July 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Are you planning to watch Telugu film “Maryada Ramanna” from director of Magadheera?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    No, we ain’t seeing no Maryada Ramanna or Seriyada Komanna. 😉

    BTW, the film released in our town last night but we went to Angelina Jolie’s Salt.

  2. shiva84   July 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Mami was expecting many offers from Bollywood and hoping to shift base to Mumbai.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Ha ha ha. The schmucks in Mumbai are not as dumb as the dodos in Chennai.

    Trisha is Trash in Khatta Meetha, Say Critics & Audience

  3. elnino.aurora   July 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Trashed inception, praised salt., but I believe this review for once.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Planning on seeing Salt or is to gonna be wateva-langadi this weekend?

    Do Tamil films release in your area?

    • trishna147   July 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

      Thillalangadi got trashed by all critics btw. Kinda was expecting this since Jeyam Ravi certainly does not match Ravi Teja in the comedy department. The original ‘Kick’ was hilarious.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Ha ha ha, so Thillalangadi has turned into a Pudangadi movie. 😉

      • racer44   July 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

        Thillalangadi was ****ed up ****, so much **** that they had to shovel it off the screen and dump it on the unsuspecting(for me, that is, not the rest of the audience who seemed to be lapping up the **** like there was no tomorrow) audience.

        That there is a strong and kicking audience for the unadulterated **** that Kollywood churns out every month gives me the creeps. Jeez, at the core of his being, the average Tamil is well on his way to ape-dom. For every Madrasapattinam and Eeram, you got a dozen ****** films like this one. 🙁
        Like Vadivelu says in one his more tolerable “comedies”, “adi mattathukku poai alaavittirukkom”. Villu still retains its odious reputation as the all-time worst film in any language but Thillalangadi sure came mighty close to knocking it off its perch(?).

        Tamanna is steadily sinking into that state of ****tyness all top tamil heroines achieve in their careers. She has mastered the two most important expressions that can elevate her into “superstardom”
        1)”moaning-in-the-throes-of-pleasure” look saying “Oh God someone is pounding my p***y”
        2)”moaning-due-to-constipation-or-appendicitis” look saying “OH GOD WILL YOU STOP POUNDING MY ASS”

        And I thought, after seeing Kalloori, that this beautiful girl could act. Well, trust buffoons like M.Raja to stomp out defects like that.

        • 1012900   July 24, 2010 at 11:59 am

          Jeyam Ravi’s last decent movie was Peranmai. He was good in Santhosh Subramaniam too.


          Why did you even think of seeing this movie? Did you not see the trailer before even considering to watch it?

          • STG   July 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

            I agree with racer44 this time 😉

            Just back from 9.40PM show and cant express the agony I am going through now…now 🙁

            This movie (I hate calling this a movie) is one package of garbage. Scenes Vadivelu appears are extremely obscene. Songs are pure piece of shit.

            I was praying when will this nightmare would end…bitch! its already morning 1AM. It runs more than 3hrs…I cant withstand anymore…going to bed in a very frustrating feeling…awwwwh 🙁

          • STG   July 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

            forgot to say…even if sponsors lined up from NY to CT, dont dare to watch this film…

            All ye schmucks out there…this film not deserve just your middle finger…widely open all your five fingers to:

            1. Ravi
            2. Tamanna
            3. Vadivelu
            4. Yuvan Shankar Raja
            5. Sun Picture’s Kalanithi Maran (may be hold off till Endiran release 😉 )

            now close all your fingers tightly and give a tight Up Yours to M. Raja, who is credited for direction/dialogue and screenplay of this garbage until his brain spit out whole the idea of ‘Remake’…

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            We processed both via iPhone. For some reason, this one didn’t go through.

            Just returned from NYC…watched a lovely French film Farewell (L’affaire Farewell). Will put up the review later tonight or early AM tomorrow.

          • racer44   July 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

            “Why did you even think of seeing this movie?”

            You know, honestly…I thought this M.Raja ****head could make a watchable film after seeing Santhosh Subramaniyam (even if you take some of the sheen of his movies considering he never makes, only remakes them), but as things would have it, it turned out you could only copy-paste so much without messing up big-time.

            “Did you not see the trailer before even considering to watch it?”
            😀 All Sun Pictures trailers have exactly the same shitty “Hey-look-I-am-commercial” look about them. That never tells you anything. Take away Jayam Ravi, Tamannah and Vadivelu and put Surya, Anushka and Vivek in…and voila, you get (A)Singam. For guys known to trumpet their films’ “masala” factor far and wide to peoples’ homes, these morons seem to have very little “masala” in their heads. They can’t even think up a decent trailer, other than the dumb fights backdrop with unrelated music playing and Anushka/Tamanna/Trisha entering on cue wearing garish mini-skirts and show-all tops(well, what else can you call them?;) )

            The last really good trailer(for Tamil films) I saw was for 7G rainbow colony. In fact, I’ve been trying to lay my hands on it for some time now, but in vain. 🙁

            Am now keeping fingers crossed for Endhiran. Shankar had better have something really smart up his sleeve. Even with all 45 shows a day in Mayajaal blocked(like they did for Sivaji) and SUN shining into our TV sets, its gonna be the biggest gamble in Indian film industry. This week before July 31(audio release) is the lull before the storm. Just you wait, the biggest movie mania of the decade will soon be upon us.

            “Scenes Vadivelu appears are extremely obscene.”
            And to think that he was once capable of such fine comedies like these ones.



            Like Vivek, Vadivelu too has evolved from comedy artiste to “comedy piece”. 🙁 Really unfortunate. He is well past his prime, but many people in my theatre still seemed to laugh at his very presence so I don’t think my sentiments are widely shared.

            “Songs are pure piece of shit.”
            Yes, but I am only glad for that. It would have been gross injustice if the songs had been good and that had helped the box-office returns of this horrid movie.

            Yuvan seems to judge these things to a nicety before composing for each film. For instance, you don’t ever see him giving all duds to directors/actors on whom he has at least a little faith. Like Selva, Ameer and Simbu.

        • 1012900   July 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

          ” “Hey-look-I-am-commercial” look”

          It would have been more appropriate if you had said “Hey-look-I-am-trash”. After having loved Peranmai, I really thought that Thillalangadi would be atleast OK. One look at the trailer was enough for me to understand this movie was unadulterated nonsense. The dialogs were so silly.

          The trailers for Singam were alright. Enough to convince the audience that the movie is a good entertainer. I think that in the hands of a good director, Singam could have been better. The fight scenes were beyond garbage.

          Coming to 7g Rainbow Colony, I was first hesitant to watch it because the main lead Ravikrishna looked so pathetic and completely miscast. But after having watched the movie, I’m glad I didn’t skip it. Btw, 7g was shown on tv yesterday..

          • trishna147   July 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

            Ravi Krishna looked miscast because Selva wrote the script keeping his brother Dhanush in mind. Dhanush STUPIDLY refused it (he has said in interviews that it was one of the biggest blunders he has made in his career). And so A.M.Ratnam (the producer of the film) wanted to have his insipid son Ravi Krishna casted in the movie.
            Luckily the lead character is meant to be a dopey character, and so Ravi Krishna wasnt THAT off-putting.

            SearchIndia.com Responds:

            Yes, Ravi Krishna wasn’t bad. At least for a newbie.

    • elnino.aurora   July 25, 2010 at 11:34 am

      Neither… will wait until Salt comes out on DVD probably., watching The Dark Knight today.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      We rewatched Dark Knight recently, just before Inception.

      Dark Knight will probably find a place in the Hollywood pantheon of fame for the Joker’s performance and the fine lines. For example, Some men just want to watch the world burn.

      • elnino.aurora   July 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

        Gotta go a hundred miles to watch the nearest Tamil film.. bang in the middle of nowhere.., so prefer to watch Hollywood flicks instead..

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Wise decision.

        Who in their right minds would watch these unwatchable Kollywood films. With few exceptions, they are insufferable.

  4. STG   July 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    wow…is it true that my comments are hitting the spam-hole? I only see one comment here…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    As we said earlier, we were in NYC almost for the entire day. Too lazy to take out the netbook and hence processed comments via iPhone and for some reason your earlier comment didn’t go through.

    Processed it again via desktop PC now. Sorry.

  5. logu   July 24, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks racer, Your comments summed up the agony you went through after watching the
    I’ll better watch Inception once more.. Guess what the movie is dubbed into tamil as ‘Kanavu vettai’ and running to packed houses in some theatres…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Thillalangadi, ‘Kill’alangadi, Wateva-Langadi, Pudangadi…Wow….Jayam Ravi should be mighty thrilled this Sunday at all the attention.

  6. Aswin_Kini   July 25, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Oh, so you saw yet another crap movie delivered from this shithole called Bollywood.

    Chill down, take a cup of your favorite wine, whisky, Vodka, etc and have some delicious Indian Mixture next to it, then sit down on a comfy sofa and watch this song

    The next time you go to review and Indian Film, please think twice, chances are that you will mostly watch a below-average film. Please stick with hollywood

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Listening to the Madaraspattinam song. Nice although the beginning ‘How are You’ had a 2010 ring to it.

    But we didn’t see Khatta Meetha.

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