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Times of India
This run-of-the-mill commercial flick is the remake of Tamil film KD Billa Kiladi Ranga. Apart from a good script and pacy narrative, it hardly has anything new to offer. A mediocre movie with no logic, Katte is like old wine in a new bottle. Even director Om Prakash Rao's cameo fails to provide comic relief to the drama.
The story is set in rural Srirangapatna. Chandu (Chandan) and Nagu (Nagashekhar) are close friends who aim to become politicians and ignore their parents' advice to get a job. The immature duo help Nethralaya Nagaraj (Mico Nagaraj), a local politician, during his election campaign. But when they express their desire to contest polls, he makes sure that they're defeated. Meanwhile, having given up on his son Nagu, his father (Avinash), a railway guard, ends his life on the tracks.
Chandu is shown the door by his father (Srinivasamurthy), who's fed up of his reckless ways. The turning point comes when the duo fail to win the local body elections. The debacle jolts them into taking charge of their lives; Nagu joins the railways in his father's place and Chandu opens a shop. A parallel romantic track sees Nagu falling in love with Sandhya (Shravya) and Chandu romancing Shanthi (Rukhsar), a bold girl, who teaches him a thing or two about life.
While Chandan, a popular TV star, makes a decent debut, Nagashekhar's half-hearted attempt fails to impress. Shravya breathes life into her girl-next-door character. But it is Rukhsar who walks away with all the praise for a stellar performance. Music by S A Rajkumar and camerawork by Ravikumar are pleasing.
The movie is basically a story of a rowdy who wants to get reformed, but fails in his attempts. Though the subject is strong, director Suri has made it look tame with lack-lusture narration, especially in the first half, and sequences which are dull and weak.