Movie review: A random mix of violence, Desi Kattey isn't going anywhere

  • Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2014 08:16 IST

Desi Kattey

Jay Bhanushali, Akhil Kapur, Suniel Shetty, Ashutosh Rana, Sasha Agha, Tia Bajpai


Anand Kumar



Anand Kumar's Desi Kattey, which hits theatres on Friday, didn't raise our hope much with its trailer or pre-release promotions. It was a lost cause right from the word go. Trouble is, Desi Kattey is even worse than what we expected!

First up, it has an apology of a plot that falls flat on its face right from the word go: It's about two orphans (Akhil and Jay) in a village in Uttar Pradesh, who make country-made pistols (therefore the film's title). Don't ask us where have you seen something similar in Bollywood. Anand Kumar added 'friendship, dreams and sacrifices' to this and thought it would be enough to make us remain in the hall for over two hours.

Kumar, who earlier directed Delhi Heights and Zila Ghaziabad, seems to be having a string of bad days in the office for long now. While the Jimmy Sheirgill-starrer was a decent watch, Zila Ghaziabad worked (it made around Rs 16 crore in the first week of its release, despite being trashed by critics) at the box office simply because of the macho/Robinhood image of Sanjay Dutt. Coming from the same stable, Desi Kattey doesn't actually surprise.

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But this one is random at too many levels. The screenplay is simply bereft of any logic, and makes absolutely no sense at all. So Ashutosh Rana is the boss in the badlands of Kanpur and nearby villages. And we are not surprised that he is also the right hand of a local minister.

Desi Kattey begins with the two kids swearing by their friendship, even when faced with the toughest problem, and promise each other they'll be together always. And just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Desi Kattey tests your patience again: The two boys, now full-grown adults -- Pali (Akhil Kapur) and Gyani (Jay Bhanushali) -- are the new 'kings' of the area. And how did they do that? Random firing. So as kids they start with randomly killing the 'boss' because he wanted them to study and become judges. When they grow up, they go ahead and fire at Bablu (Santosh Shukla, who also happens to be Judge sahib Ashutosh Rana's close aide), and when they are not busy doing what they are good at, they also take out time to crack PJs with Pali's love-interest Guddi (Tia Bajpai).

The biggest trouble with Desi Kattey is that it bites too much, far more than it can chew. Everything in it is just random, from the boys' romantic feelings to their reverence to the Judge Sahab. The only thing that takes centrestage is random violence. Nothing about Desi Kattey makes sense anyways.

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Wait, there is more. Desi Kattey also tries hard to be funny. Sample this line from Pali: "Ye katta hai, nirodh nahi ki kabhi bhi phat jaye."

Talking of performances, you will have trouble ranking the worst actor. Jay, an otherwise decent actor, is overawed by the melodramatic screenplay and looks like a sad clone of Sunny Deol. Ashutosh Rana, who could have done much better, should try and delete this film from his repertoire. Suniel Shetty, an army major who spots the talent of Pali and Gyani, isn't any better in the film.

And while you are at it, add one of the most unimaginative camerawork in recent times to the film's credit. Beware, the jerky camera movements and weird angles will give you a splitting headache if you choose to stay in the hall till the end of the film. The background score, equally terrible, sounds as if it is there to scare the audience.

Desi Kattey is one of those films, we say, you should not waste your time on. Films like these are best watched on TV, with your friends so that you can laugh on them.

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