Akshay Kumar and Trisha Krishnan starrer Khatta Meetha released in theatres today and the movie fails to live up to its expectation. Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar gave us some great comedies over the years such as Bhagam Bhag, Garam Masala, De Dana Dan, Hera Pheri, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. Naturally, people would expect another great laugh riot but unfortunately Khatta Meetha is a poorly written and executed movie. Except some comedy sequences, it has nothing memorable.
Akshay Kumar plays Sachin Tichkule, a common man inspired by A. R. Laxman’s famous cartoon character. A road contractor Sachin Tichkule is doomed, for he has no money to bribe government officials. Things become more complicated when Tichkule’s college-time girlfriend, Gehna Ganpule (Trisha Krishnan) becomes Municipal commissioner who is very honest and strict.
It is true that Priyadarshan’s movies are not famous for stories. He just takes up characters in put them in a confusing situation. However, Khatta Meetha is said to be a political satire that tries to expose the rampant corruption of the government. This has to come out through a story and Khatta Meetha has no story but a collection of some isolated incidents and its 2 hour 40 minutes length makes matter worse giving the viewers nothing but bad headaches after they walk out of the theatres.
Pritam’s music is soothing to the ears but the songs are not placed well in the movie. In terms of acting, Akshay Kumar played his part of a struggling road contractor pretty convincingly but Trisha Krishnan fails to portray the character of a fiery municipal commissioner. However, Asrani, Yadav and Liver provide some hilarious scenes.