Batti Gul Meter Chalu movie review: Shahid Kapoor is the only fluctuates and film with good intentions
Complete reviews of ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ Movie
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, Ashrut Jain, Yami Gautam
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Producer: Bhushan Kumar
Music Director: Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli
Duration: 2 hours, 55 minutes
Language: Hindi (U/A)
Rating: 2 Stars (Out of 5)
This weekend, Batti Gul Meter Chalu released in the Multiplexes and Cinemas. The long-delayed project stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautam in the lead. The film revolves around the common man’s struggle against the electricity company in Uttrakhand.
The principal issue at the heart of the film – the plight of consumers who are at the mercy of unresponsive power industry players in the absence of an effective grievance redressal mechanism – is undeniably topical. We are well aware of how notoriously unreliable bijli supply and billing in our cities and towns is, but when that relevant theme is put into a Bollywood grinder that thrives on the song and dance routines, token melodrama, and gratuitous (often sexist) humor, it loses its acuity.
The film revolves three friends living in Tehri, Uttrakhand. Naughty (Shraddha Kapoor), runs a boutique and dreams of becoming a big name in the fashion industry someday, Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) is a straight-laced guy who yearns to run his own small-scale unit, believing that hard work and honesty are enough to run a business. SK (Shahid Kapoor) is the most cunning of the lot. A canny lawyer, he specializes in running extortion scams and getting money from local businessmen, scaring them into submission through the threat of a lawsuit. Naughty likes both but hasn’t made up his mind about choosing one as her life partner. Finally, like his honesty, she chooses Tripathy, only to find that SK has cut off from them because of that. That’s the reason he doesn’t help them when Tripathy comes to him for legal advice. Troubled with mounting expenditures, Tripathy decides to commit suicide. That’s when SK’s conscience awakens and he decides to fight the good fight, not only for his late friend but also for the millions too helpless to take on the system.
To make a private electricity corporation the enemy is easier than to take a stick to a non-functioning government department. But the film makes up by displaying well-judged anger against the systemic apathy and negligence which makes common people victims. It gives Shahid a chance to mouth crowd-pleasing dialogues which he does with elan, especially when he is jousting with the rival lawyer (Gautam) in a female judge’s (Mukherjee) court, said judge’s sense of fairness trumping her love for cricket. And it gives us, the viewers, a chance to share in the righteous outrage of those we are watching, and cheer when things start getting better.
Like previous outing Toilet, Ek Prem Katha was with Akshay Kumar, has an easier job this time around. Shahid’s character is more cad than the hero, even though Kapoor can’t resist doing some amount of grand-standing and hero-girl. Shraddha bravely dons the most hideous ‘ordinary small-town girl’ outfits to her advantage, and Sharma gets almost as big a role as the other two. We believe that these are people like us, and we want them to win.
Star Performance: Shahid Kapoor shines as SK and is in his top form. While Shraddha Kapoor delivers yet another charming performance. Divyenndu Sharma and Yami Gautam have done justice to their roles.
Music Direction: The film’s music is good. Songs like Dekhte-Dekhte, Gold Tamba are already hit by the audience.
This kind of film can turn too preachy for its own good, but Batti Gul Meter Chalu is careful not to get too much in lecture-mode. The rest of it made me smile, and gave me pause: how do you expect people to live without ‘bijli’ in today’s world? It is, as SK says thunderously, a fundamental right.
Direction: The film’s direction is good. The cinematography is also good. Despite its best intentions to speak about a social issue that matters, the movie misses its mark by a long margin. While the dialogues seem to be lazily written.
Or Not: the film because it throws light on the issue of electricity, which is a fundamental human right.
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