Khatta Meetha (2010 film)

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Khatta Meetha
Khattameetha movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Cape of Good Films
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.
Screenplay by Priyadarshan
Story by Sreenivasan
Starring Akshay Kumar
Trisha Krishnan
Urvashi Sharma
Rajpal Yadav
Music by Songs:
Pritam
Background Score:
Ouseppachan
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by Arun Kumar
Distributed by Hari Om Entertainment Co.
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd
Release date(s)
  • July 23, 2010 (2010-07-23)
Running time 158 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR 31 crore[1]
Box office INR 60 crore

Khatta Meetha (Hindi: खट्टा मीठा, English: Sour Sweet) is a 2010 Hindi comic satire film written and directed by Priyadarshan that stars Akshay Kumar and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles. The film is a remake of Priyadarshan's previous Malayalam film Vellanakalude Nadu (1988), scripted by Sreenivasan.[2] Khatta Meetha was released on July 23, 2010. The film was produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd and Hari Om Productions.[3] It was released on August 5, 2010.

Plot[edit]

The film revolves around a struggling road constructor, Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar). He dreams big, but there seems to be no chance of his dreams coming true as he doesn't have any money to bribe the bureaucracy. His family have lost faith in him, telling him to earn money. To make matters worse, the new Municipal Commissioner turns out to be his former girlfriend, Gehna Ganpule (Trisha Krishnan), who now hates him. His brothers-in-law Trigun (Manoj Joshi), Suhas Vichare (Milind Gunaji), and his elder brother (Paritosh Sand) were all responsible for a bridge collapsing case in which many people were killed. They were helped by a politician named Sanjay Rana (Jaideep Ahlawat). After being saved by their driver Vishwas Rao, (Tinu Anand) they kill him fearing he would reveal the truth. Meanwhile Sanjay's lustful eyes fall on Sachin's sister Anjali (Urvashi Sharma). Sachin warns him by slapping him in his office. Meanwhile Azad Bhagat (Makrand Deshpande) wants justice as his family were killed in that accident. Anjali is married to Sanjay, unbeknownst to Sachin, when he confronts his father he reprimands him, saying he has no right to say he didn't know anything because he has no money to send his sister off. After losing contact, he learns she has been attempting to contact him and goes to their house, seeing Azad escape from Sanjay's house. He then learns of Anjali's death because a cooker exploded. Devastating the whole family, especially Sachin himself, who is suspicious. He then meets Azad again at the municipal office, he learns of Azad's intentions and that he had stolen evidence which would put the people involved, behind bars. They both then agree to help each other to reveal the corruptness behind the construction of the bridge. Sanjay hires masked robbers, who kill Azad, who was on his way to court. At the hospital, while Azad is dying in Sachin's arms, he reveals that while he was stealing the evidence, he saw Sachin's sister being raped by Sanjay and his friends, now speculating whether she was murdered or if she committed suicide. In an attempt to make sure the evidence isn't revealed, Sanjay steals it after robbing Azad's house, a fight ensues between Sanjay and Sachin, Sanjay is then killed after being run over and Sachin successfully retrieves the evidence. Sachin's brother and brothers-in-law are arrested, and the whole family begin belittling him, claiming he was jealous of them and unlike his successful brothers, and blaming him for tarnishing the family name. Sachin then argues back that, they didn't lose anyone and he had to deal with the pain of losing Anjali the most. He agrees to leave, until his father stops him and realises his honesty and trustworthiness, re-kindling their relationship.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Upon release, the film received mixed reviews from critics. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN rated the film 1 out of 5 saying, "Khatta Meetha is a schizophrenic film".[4] Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave it 2/5 saying, "The story with its baggage of generic turns and contrived twists seems all too familiar in making its even-now significant point. In addition, it seems a tad too long at its three hours running time.[5] Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it 1/5 and stated, "This one’s about wacky Akki alone. Truly, few things unite Indians, besides a high illiteracy rate, and films of Bollywood superstars. One benefits from the other. And Priyadarshan gets to churn out his own no-brainer remakes every other week."[6] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated the film 1.5/5 while stating, "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!"[7] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL rated the film 1.5/5 and stated, "In no way does 'Khatta Meetha' look like a film made by a director who has made 80 films till date. Certainly not from a director who got a National Award barely a year back for 'Kanchivaram'. This one is a rather amateur product which is best avoided."[8] Blessy Chettiar of DNA gave it a rating of 2/5 and said, "Khatta Meetha is a hotchpotch of too much drama and very little comedy".[9] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave it the highest rating of 3/5 saying, "Tune off a bit for the tedious middle and you could be in for some fun and frolic in Khatta Meetha".[10] On the review-aggregation website ReviewGang, the film scored 3.5/10 based on 6 reviews.[11]

Box office[edit]

According to Box office India, Khatta Meetha had a "average opening"[12] and collected Rs. 230 million (Rs. 23 crore) during its opening weekend in India.[13] By the end of its first week, the film collected Rs. 41 crore.[14] After three weeks, the film grossed Rs. 39 crore in India.[15]

Awards and nominations[edit]

6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards
  • Nominated – Apsara Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) – KK for "Sajde Kiye"[16]
2011 Zee Cine Awards

Soundtrack[edit]

Khatta Meetha
Soundtrack album by Pritam
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label T-Series

The film's soundtrack is composed by Pritam with lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil, Shehzad Roy and Nitin Raikwar.[18][19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Nana Chi Taang"   Kunal Ganjawala 5:01
2. "Sajde"   KK & Sunidhi Chauhan 5:07
3. "Bullshit"   Shehzad Roy 3:55
4. "Aila Re Aila"   Daler Mehndi & Kalpana Patowary 4:22
5. "Nana Chi Taang" (Remix) Kunal Ganjawala 4:05
6. "Sajde" (Remix) KK & Harshdeep Kaur 4:39
7. "Aila Re Aila" (Remix) Daler Mehndi & Kalpana Patowary 4:00
8. "nachde re" (instrumental) dj suketu  

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Akshay aces again". Mid-day.com. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Trisha to Enter Bollywood Soon". indiglamour. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  3. ^ "Akshay Kumar to produce Khatta Meetha". January 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Masand: 'Khatta Meetha' is a schizophrenic film". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Khatta Meetha is only part-funny". Rediff. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  6. ^ "Mayank Shekhar's Review: Khatta Meetha". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  7. ^ "Movie Review: Khatta Meetha". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  8. ^ "AOL Movie Review: Khatta Meetha". 
  9. ^ "Khatta Meetha is more sour than sweet". DNA India. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  10. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (2010-07-23). "Khatta Meetha Movie review". Times of India. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  11. ^ "Khatta Meetha Reviews". ReviewGang. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Khatta Meetha Has Good To Average Opening". Box office India. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  13. ^ "Top Twenty Opening Weekends". Box Office India. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Khatta Meetha First Week Territorial Breakdown". Box office India. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  15. ^ "Khatta Meetha: Domestic Box Office Collections". Bollywoodtrade.com. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "Nominations for 6th Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  17. ^ "Nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  18. ^ "Music Review". Musicaloud. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  19. ^ "Khatta Meetha Music Review". Realbollywood. 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 

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