Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi: Life is like that

Rahul Rawail's new film about a set of twins separated at birth feels good and Kajol is commendable, writes Svasti Rao.

Cast: Kajol, Rishi Kapoor, Rati Agnihotri, Mita Vashisht
Director: Rahul Rawail

Rahul Rawail's new film, Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi (KKKM), is the story of a set of twins separated at birth, thanks to the misunderstandings between their parents.
One girl grows up to be Tina (Kajol), the rebellious one (khatti). She lives in a palatial mansion with her drunken dad, Raj Khanna (Rishi Kapoor). Dad loves her daughter a lot, but is never sober to express it. To add to Tina's misery is her aunt (Mita Vashisht) who - with her son Teddy (Mayur) and lover (Pramod Moutho), a doctor - is always scheming to get rid of Tina and her dad.

A disgusted Tina leaves her home and reaches London. And surprise, surprise, she meets her mom Archana (Rati Agnihotri) and twin sister Sweety (Kajol again) whose existence she wasn't even aware of. The trio enjoys the reunion for sometime; and the twins decide to set things right for their parents. Does this plot sound familiar? If yes, you are right. This movie is a remake of several movies. Do Kaliyan, Seeta Aur Geeta, Chaalbaaz, and the English movie, Parent Trap.

Despite this, KKKM is slick and scores points through its cast. There is plenty of fun, laughter, tears and reunions. But the film is unduly long. And there are actors who don't have much to do at all. Like Sunil Shetty, for example. The actor is very ornamental here. So is Pooja Batra in her guest appearance. The scripting is not foolproof either.

Director Rahul Rawail has handled the subject with honesty. Despite the fact that the plot is not innovative, the story still manages to strike a chord.

The bulk of the film rests upon the talented shoulders of Kajol, who infuses life in the characters. The bubbly actress is fun to watch. Rishi Kapoor enacts his role with marvellous ease. Rati Agnihotri is a pleasure to watch. In spite of staying away from arc lights for more than a decade, the actress is at ease in front of the camera and looks stunning too. Mita Vashisht, as the devious aunt, is effective. On the whole, KKKM is a feel-good film. And that is its USP.

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