Satyaprem Ki Katha: A Heartwarming Story that Makes You Want A Real-Life Partner Like Kartik Aaryan’s Sattu

An important aspect of Sameer Vidwans’s ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha’ is how it looks at the issue of consent in relationships.

Addresses pertinent social issues.
Satyaprem Ki Katha (Hindi)
  • Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Gajraj Rao, Supriya Pathak, Rajpal Yadav, and Shikha Talsania
  • Direction: Sameer Vidwans
  • Producers: Sajid Nadiadwala, Shareen Mantri Kedia, and Kishan Arora
  • Music: Meet Bros, Tanishk Bagchi, and Payal Dev
  • Runtime: 2 hours 26 minutes

There is a famous quote in English which says that “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This goes perfectly well with the film Satyaprem Ki Katha.

The trailer promised a breezy romantic film, but it is more than just a rom-com. Director Sameer Vidwans addresses some pertinent social issues through the lens of a romantic drama.


Satyaprem aka Sattu (Kartik Aaryan) is an underdog who falls in love with Katha (Kiara Advani). Katha belongs to different strata of society which is out of Sattu’s league.

However, circumstances not only bring them together but also get them married. Nevertheless, the marriage doesn’t take off.

Katha comes with a haunting past. Initially, the viewers think it is a case of a bad break-up with her ex-boyfriend. However, it turns out to be more sinister.

The crux of Satyaprem ki Katha is about two things primarily — one is how Sattu wins Katha over; secondly, it is about Katha letting go of her trauma and finding the courage to face the truth.

Picks up pace in second half

The movie does take time to get going. The boy-meets-girl moments don’t have a lot of meat. The director takes time to get to the real meat of the story.

But its picks up after the marriage of Sattu and Katha. The interval point further raises the expectations of the audience and the second half drama is one of the film’s biggest selling points.

Sameer Vidwans does a wonderful job of showing how the relationship evolves between Sattu and Katha. The evolution is not only about their relationship but also about their individual characters.

Societal issues

An important aspect of Satyaprem Ki Katha is how it looks at the issue of consent in relationships.

The film also briefly reminds you of the famous Amitabh Bachchan dialogue “A No is a No”.

Kiara’s Katha is a victim of date rape. Her ex-boyfriend penetrates her badly, even when she resists. Katha’s father has no idea about this.

Kartik Aaryan’s Sattu does come across as too idealistic with his patient behaviour. But as viewers, you don’t mind because Sattu is not presented as some social reformer.

Sattu, of course, has his moments of frustration and the change in his character happens gradually.

The film has also got some entertaining family moments. The best examples are the ones featuring Kartik Aaryan and his on-screen dad Gajraj Rao. There is visible warmth between them in both the comic and emotional bits.

Director Sameer Vidwans presents an authentic middle-class milieu.

Cinematographer Ayananka Bose does a good job of capturing the locality of Ahmedabad.


The songs composed by multiple composers are mostly melodious. The best of the lot is “Naseeb Se and Aaj Ke Baad“. “Gujju Pataka“, on the other hand, isn’t high on lyrics but Kartik’s dancing along with the peppy tune makes it an energetic track.

Out of the two leads, Kartik Aaryan scores more with his act. He is not only good in the goofy bits but shines equally in intense scenes.

Kiara Advani takes some time to settle down. The reason behind her character’s aloofness doesn’t have the required emotional heft in the beginning. But both Kiara and her character get better as the film progresses. Overall, she delivers a competent performance.

Final verdict

In Satyaprem Ki Katha, Katha is fortunate to have a happy ending which many women can’t hope to have. Many more Sattus are the need of the hour!

(Views expressed here are personal.)

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