Critic’s Rating : / 5
Ittu Si Baat Movie Review : A sweet and simple old-school love story
Ittu Si Baat Review: Our protagonist Bittu is a firm believer in the adage that ‘Love is not give and take. Love is give and give.’ Sapna is his childhood sweetheart, but their relationship is one-sided because he hasn’t expressed his feelings to her. And Bittu is the type of aashiq who will go to any mile to fulfill Sapna’s wishes; even if it means buying her an iPhone for her birthday. Surprisingly, Sapna declares that anyone who can buy her an iPhone qualifies to be her boyfriend, and Bittu devises a plan to win her heart. By inserting some fancy requests, the story does not become an extraordinary modern-day love story; rather, it is old wine served in an old bottle.
The film’s charm lies in its simplicity in depicting the first love, which is set in a small hamlet near Varanasi called Chunar. Directed by debutante Adnan Ali, who has also written the story of the film, ‘Ittu Si Baat’ is a sweet and mushy love story that will warm your heart. Kamal Shukla’s screenplay is a mix of comedy, drama, and humour, making this small-town slice-of-life story relatable. The pace is unrushed until this one-sided love angle becomes a triangle when Vicky Sharma (Priyansh Jora) enters the picture. Vicky, the owner of a gadget shop, is a stud of the town who can impress any girl, but he has his sights set on Sapna. This leads to a squabble between Bittu and Vicky, and Sapna is forced to choose between a simple guy like Bittu, who is timid to proclaim his love for her, and a dashing and slightly wealthy Vicky, who is not.
Newcomer Bhupendra Jadawat did well as a lover boy Bittu, who thrives in the scenes where he plays cricket, but he falls short in portraying his character’s emotional vulnerabilities. For instance, when he laments and confides in front of his daadi (Farida Jalal), he fails to strike a chord. They do, however, have some adorable scenes together. As the girl next door, debutante Garima is promising and well-cast. Priyansh Jora’s character is the polar opposite of Bittu, and he portrays it well.
The songs by Vishal Mishra are soulful; especially ‘Gulabi’ and ‘Darbadar’ which are hummable. Varanasi’s setting adds rustic flavour and realism to the story.
Despite the fact that the plot of ‘Ittu si Baat’ is predictable from the beginning, this old-school love tale has enough charm to appeal to audiences.