Katti Batti

Director : Nikhil Advani

Producer : Siddharth Roy Kapur and Nikhil Advani

Writer : Anshul Singhal

Star Cast : Imran Khan, Kangana Ranaut

Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Studio : UTV Motion Pictures and Emmay Entertainment

Release Date: September 18, 2015

Story line: Katti Batti is an anti-love story starring Imran Khan as Madhav Kabra (Maddy) & Kangana Ranaut as Payal. Maddy is an architect who is love with Payal because of her attitude towards life. The story revolves around Maddy & Payal's live-in relationship for 5 years until a sudden turn of events when Payal leaves Maddy mid-way!

Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director:  Nikhil went on to direct his first film under Dharma Productions, titled Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan. The film was one of the biggest hits of 2003 and firmly established him as a director. The film won six Filmfare awards.

Nikhil decided to make his next film and announced that the title of the film would be Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love. The film has a huge star cast: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Vidya Balan, John Abraham, Akshaye Khanna, Govinda, Juhi Chawla, Anil Kapoor, Ayesha Takia, Shannon Esra and Anjana Sukhani. The film was produced by Sunil Manchanda, Mukesh Talreja and Chetan Motiwalla and released on 25 January 2007 to mixed reviews.

His next film Chandni Chowk To China, starring Akshay Kumar was released on January 2009, but was a major disappointment. Even though Chandni Chowk To China has disappointed, Nikhil has announced that he will again work with the film's lead star Akshay Kumar. Patiala House is the title of this film, and it also stars actress Anushka Sharma as the female lead. Shooting began in December 2009, and it was released in 2011. The movie also opened commercially in New York
He has directed India's first stereoscopic 3D animation film, Delhi Safari, for which he also wrote the original story. The film was released in October 2012
After the release of Patiala House in 2011, Nikhil Advani partnered with Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani to form Emmay Entertainment, a motion picture production company. Emmay Entertainment first production was D-Day (2013 movie), a film directed by Nikhil, in association with DAR Motion Pictures, which was released on 19 July 2013.

My “Gut Feel” and preview:
To be honest I am in dilemma after watching the trailer of the movie.
I had watched the promo over and over again in last two days, watched the interview of lead stars and director to read between the lines and make out the distinction of this movie from being an average 2.5 stars to a decent 3 stars out of 5.

 I found its trailer being intelligently edited and presented which is good enough to create curiosity with urban multiplex audience. Imran is looking conventional however Kangana is looking fresh and vibrant, overall a good paring.
Going by the screen play this movie seems to hold few entertaining moments for audience however I am in doubt that it would be able to maintain the excitement among the audiences throughout the movie.

Nikhil’s last week’s release “Hero” despite being a below average movie, managed to recover the cost of production because of low budget and extensive promotions backing from Salman’s production house. Budget of “Katti Batti” is also moderate around 28 crore, running time is 2 hours 15 minutes which is good and on top of it Kangana’s presence will surely increase the chance of movie doing decent run at box office.

As far as allocating stars to this movie goes, I am not sure of giving it 2.5 stars or 3 however going with my gut feel I am sticking to 2.5 stars out of 5 stars, one day before the release.

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