Starring: Akshay Kumar,
Rajpal Yadav, Trisha Krishnan, Urvashi Sharma, Johnny
Lever, Tinnu Anand, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Aruna Irani
Khatta Meetha is a satire and is a remake of
Priyadarshan's Malayalam film Vellanakalude Nadu.
Khatta Meetha revolves around a struggling road
construction contractor; Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar)
who is doomed to dream big. There is no chance in hell
that his dreams will ever come true, simply because he
has no money to bribe!
But our principled Sachin is
the only one struggling, choosing to go on the path of
truth, unlike all his relatives who accept corruption as
part of the system. Even his dad feels that Sachin is
left behind because of his righteous ways.
Among other characters in the film, there is Azad Bhagat,
a common man (played by Markand Deshpande) whose wife
and son die in a bridge accident. He believes that the
bridge collapsed because of bad construction. He is an
honest man who understands the politics and wants to
expose the criminal behind this scam.
Rangeela (Rajpal Yadav) is a road worker. He works for
Sachin Tichkule. His approach is very practical, he
knows without giving bribes, Sachin's bills and cheques
will not be cleaed. By nature, Rangeela is a pervert
with a roving eye.
Trigun Fatak (Manoj Joshi) is a chief engineer who works
in the Municipality. His job is to inspect roads,
bridges and flyovers. He is Sachin Tichkule's brother in
law, married to Sachin's eldest sister.
Credits & Crew:
Produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd
Directed by Priyadarshan
Story, Screenplay - Priyadarshan
Dialogues – Jay Master
Lyrics - Irshad Kamil, Nitin Raikwar, Shehzad Roy
Original Music by Pritam Chakraborty
Background Score – Ouseppachan
Cinematography – V. Manikandan
Film Editing by Arun Kumar
Art Direction - Sabu Cyril
Costume Designs - Rocky S
Singers - Sunidhi Chauhan, Kay Kay, Kunal Ganjawala,
Harshdeep Kaur, Daler Mehndi, Kalpana Patowary
Publicity - Lokesh Bali
Chorographer - Pony Verma
Sachin Tichkule is a simple
Marathi manoos who wears sunglasses, formal shirt-pant,
belt, chappals, always carries a handbag and an umbrella
and travels in autos.
To make matters worse, the
new municipal commissioner turns out to be his
ex-girlfriend Gehna Gampule (Trisha) who now hates him.
Gehna Gampule is also from the same town as Sachin -
from Phaltan. Gehna is a mature individual and strict in
her work, and doesn't allow corruption. She stays with
her elder brother Mr Ganpule (Neeraj Vora) who is a bank
Even as you laugh as Sachin stumbles his way from one
disaster to another, the film reveals in a light hearted
way, the extent of corruption and bribery rampant in the
system. And the ingenious means you have to adopt if you
want to survive.
Sachin's father Ramakant Tichkule (Kulbhushan Kharbanda),
a retired judge and his mother Aruna Irani believe that
he is a nuisance in the family just for his
misadventures. The mother’s dream is to get her sweet
college going daughter Anjali (Urvashi Sharma) married.
Anjali is the only one who believes in her brother
Sachin and likes him the most in the family.
Suhas Vichare (Milind Gunaji)
is married to Sachin's 2nd sister. He is a road
contractor in partnership with Sachin's elder brother
Harish Tichkule (Paritosh Sand). They make big roads,
highways, bridges and flyovers.
Sachin often takes money on heavy interest from a
marwadi money lender Karodimal (Asrani) who owns a big
Hardware Shop. The financer keeps goons on his payroll
to recover money from guys like Sachin. Tinu Anand as
Vishwas Rao, the Tichkule family's driver is a very poor
guy whose wife is sick and is always short of money.
The film is neither a fully loaded comedy nor a hard
hitting satire about the corruption in the system.
Unlike Priyadarshan and Akshays hit comedy films, Khatta
Meetha is a bit too long, too preachy, and lacks
entertainment usually expected from the master director.
It is an average satire.
Akshay Kumar - Sachin R. Tichkule
Rajpal Yadav - Rangeela
Trisha Krishnan - Gehna Ganpule
Urvashi Sharma - Anjali R. Tichkule
Johnny Lever - 'Award' Anushuman
Tinnu Anand - Vishwas Rao
Kulbhushan Kharbanda - Ramakant Tichkule
Aruna Irani - Sheetal R. Tichkule
Asrani - Karodimal
Neeraj Vora - Mr. Ganpule
Amita Nangia - Geeta Bhosle
Milind Gunaji - Suhas Vichare
Manoj Joshi - Trigun Fatak
Makrand Deshpande - Azad Bhagat
Atul Parchure - Chintan
Nagesh Bhonsle - Sanjay Rana
Paritosh Sand - Haresh R. Tichkule
Anupam Bhattacharya - Police Inspector
Paresh Brahmabhatt - Peon