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MEETHA MOVIE REVIEW
by : Harish V
Akshay Kumar, Trisha, Makrand Deshpande,
Rajpal Yadav, Neeraj Vora.
Pritam Chakraborty, Shani
Hari Om Entertainment Co, Shree Ashtavinayak
the busiest director in Bollywood, comes
up with one more release with his ever
faithful Akshay Kumar and the southern
superstar Trisha in the lead. Priyadarshan
has made a living in Bollywood out of
Malayalam remakes and this
he has surely got carried away. Remaking
comedies is alright but a political satire like ‘Vellanakaludae
Nadu’ which has very little comedy and more
of politics and pure masala is just a little 20 years
The story is about the protagonist Sachin Tichkule
(Akshay Kumar), a Gandhian law student turned dirty
and cheating road construction contractor who has
to find his way back to his ‘sathyamaeva jayathae’
route which is polluted by his corrupt brother and
brother-in-laws, their friend - the Evil Politician
who also marries his sister later on. Gehna (Trisha),
his ex- college lover, comes back in the scene as
the Municipal Commissioner only to find his once saint
boyfriend as a corrupt road contractor. Will the transformation
of Sachin be complete by the end of the movie? The
audience surely would have appreciated if the transformation
was a 30 minutes earlier..
Priyadarshan, after the sensational Kanchivaram, has
given critically panned Billu, De Dana Dan and Bum
Bum Bole and now has hit a new low with Khatta Meetha.
The storyline lacked continuity, emotions were too
over dramatized, comedy - slapstick to the core, romance
was completely missing, too many continuation problem,
the pace was bit too slow which all lead to a half
baked climax. For a Priyadarshan movie, not even a
single laugh-a-loud moment was too big a problem for
the audience to digest.
Acting department is led by Akshay Kumar and as always
he excels in it. Whatever he did was as per the requirement
of the role but the role in itself required a bit
of detailing which was very much lacking. Trisha Krishnan’s
big Bollywood debut is a complete put off, she lacked
the conviction to essay a municipal commissioner’s
role, and her mouthing of the dialogues was never
in-sync. It’s a mini disaster for this southern
hottie who looked fake from the word go. Manoj Joshi
was pretty good and Rajpal Yadav a delight to watch.
Urvashi Sharma looked pretty and fitted the small
role quite well. Aruna Irani and Tinu Anand were completely
wasted. Makrand Deshpande did his part quite convincingly.
There are loads of other actors in the movie but none
good enough to stand out in the crowd.
The movie didn’t require any experiments in
the cinematography section, so Manikandan tries to
show his skills in the chase sequence pre-climax and
it did come out pretty well. Art by Sabu Cyril was
exceptional and hardly did anyone know which was true
and which was not, something which only the best will
be able to attain. Editing by Arun Kumar looked too
lenient. Music By Pritam was fine with Aila re Aila
and Sajde being quite popular already but bad placement
in the narrative does take the sheen out of the melodies.
Overall, it’s a complete let-down.
Verdict – Priyadarshan’s Audience
: Khatta Meetha Review,
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