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:
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.
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.
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.
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!