That people not only sit through but also feel entertained by movies like these is difficult to fathom. Shouted out lines, exaggerated facial expressions, cheesy dialogue is what has been passing off as comedy for quite some time now. Lousy jokes, embarrassingly predictable slapstick humour, and the kind of insipid drama that comes on TV make up Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha.
That Akshay Kumar isn’t the most versatile actor around becomes even more obvious as he hams his way though the movie as Sachin Tichkule. He’s a civil contractor and tries to make you laugh by using his surname in different situations and mouthing stupid lines that the other idiots in the film are just waiting to add more pointlessness to. Most of what Akshay Kumar says or does in Khatta Meetha is not funny, unless watching Rajpal Yadav getting slapped every now and then makes you laugh, which would mean your IQ is really low.
That people will find a bunch of loser actors and a few veterans participating in this silliness funny and will make a shoddy film like this run for a few weeks is terrible to know. Even the South Indian actress is a bad actor, but at least there’s Urvashi Sharma to look at.
That Khatta Meetha could have been a sweet & sour story, a full-blown satire or a family entertainer would have been anybody’s guess, but it’s just another piece of crap from Priyadarshan, who should be thanked for not bringing in Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal in a lungi.
By Aditya Mehta