The trailer of Katti Batti starring Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan is out and while everyone is raving about it, this would certainly pose me as a villain to them. It is not like I have anything against romantic comedies but there seems to be a serious problem with the characters of Katti Batti and if you ask me what that is, I would say stereotyping.
Katti Batti‘s female lead, Payal is an art student whose styling shouts the fact that she is a wild child and that itself is supposed to be the progressive point in the story. A free-spirited girl needs to be dominating and commitment phobic is a common Bollywood cliche and same continues with this film. On the other hand, the trailer introduces us to Imran’s character Madhav as the seedha-saadha architect who falls for a feisty girl like Payal. Wait, does this remind us of any other Imran Khan film? Well, let’s just list them out. Including his last film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Imran Khan starrer Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tu too have been similar love stories with outspoken ‘bindaas’ girl characters while he tries to underplay as the chocolate boy.
Sadly, Nikhil Advani brings nothing new to the fore. Digging into the concept of live-in relationships and time pass romances, the director seems to be playing the ‘new-age’ card for increasing connect with the youth. Let’s not forget, Maneesh Sharma tried to do the same with Shuddh Desi Romance and horribly failed at it.
Other than quite repetitive scenes of ‘hero-running-on -the-airport’ and a car accident as the heroine screams for her love in tears, there is little that is unexpected in the trailer. The music could prove to be a key element in making this film work, like Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra’s Anjaana Anjaani which had its popular music to fall back on.
Kanagana Ranaut after her Queen stint, stunned everyone with her power packed performance in Tanu Weds Manu Retuns. While she is one of the major things Katti Batti will be banking on, in one of the scenes in the trailer where she is explaining her boyfriend his lack of hygiene while peeing, we are reminded of Tanu complaining about her oversized husband calling him ‘adrak’. It would be sad to see an actress like Kanagana get stereotyped to the ‘bold woman’ roles and hence we hope there is much more to her character in Katti Batti than just this.
All in all, Katti Batti from the look of it is a pseudo new-age, boy-meets-girl story.