TopYaps Rating: 2.5/5
A great idea lost in execution is what I would say after watching the latest Friday release Batti Gul Meter Chalu, starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, and Divyendu Sharma in principal cast. So, let’s figure out kyon aur kaise yeh batti jalne se pahle hi bujhi.
What’s the buzz about?
Born and brought up on the bank of river Ganga in Tehri, Sushil Kumar Pant (Shahid Kapoor), Lalita Nautial (Shraddha Kapoor), and Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) are three childhood friends who are inseparable.
Sushil Kumar, also known as S.K, is a lawyer by profession whose ways of earning his bread and butter are outright mean. He blackmails small businesses and companies and forces them to shell out money in the name of out of court settlements. Lalita Nautial is a so-called fashion designer who daydreams of leaving Manish Malhotra and Rohit Bal far behind in trade one day.
Tripathi, the simplest of all three, has just begun his career. He opens a small printing press in town with high hopes. However, in the very first month of setting up his business, he ends up receiving an Inflated electricity bill of 1.5 lakhs from SPTL, a Privatised Electricity Company in Uttarakhand. The bill rises up to a whopping 54 lakhs in the following months. When Tripathi fails to pay the bill, he jumps into the river and ends his life.
S.K is shattered and decides to drag SPTL to court. Will he be able to get justice for his friend? Watch the film to know what happens next.
What makes it watchable?
You should not miss Batti Gul Meter Chalu for the great camaraderie shown among Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, and Divyendu Sharma. Also, for its brilliant cinematography. Watch it if you want to see how magnificent Tehri, a small town in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, looks on the big screen. It will help you plan your next holiday there, if not anything else.
However, if you are looking for entertainment, sorry to say, but Batti Gul Meter Chalu does not qualify to be a wholesome entertainer for a variety of reasons. First, its writing is too lazy to elicit bonafide emotions straight from your heart. Second, it does not boast of a great romance.
Coming to performances, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor play their parts with honesty. The hard work that they have done on their body language, mannerisms, and the local dialect is thoroughly visible. But chemistry is missing.
When the audience gets to know that actors like Shahid and Shraddha are there in a film, the least they expect from it is romance, something which is nowhere to be found in this flick. Divyendu Sharma is good in his part. Yami Gautam, who appears towards the end of the second half, also fits in her part well.
This Is Where The Film Loses Its Shine
Is it necessary to stretch a social issue-driven film so much that by the time it reaches its conclusion, you lose all your interest in it? The same happens with Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The movie suffers from its insufferable length, especially in the first half which is loaded with a series of impertinent scenes. They seem forced and totally uncalled for, and could have easily been chopped off.
Before turning to direction, Shree Narayan Singh has edited a number of successful films. However, his editorial skills seem to have gone for a toss in Batti Gul Meter Chalu. It’s perhaps one of his most poorly edited movies that you will ever see. Sharpen your scissors soon, Mr. Singh.
You will love Batti Gul Meter Chalu only if you are a fan of Shahid Kapoor or Shraddha Kapoor, or just anyone associated with it. If not, then you can give it a miss or wait for its television premiere. Barring a few courtroom scenes, there is hardly anything that keeps you hooked to your seat. Aise mein bhala sirf courtroom scenes dekhne ke liye itne paise kaun phookta hai, saaheb?
Banner: T-Series Films, Krti Pictures
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, Yami Gautam
Music Director: Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli, Sachet – Parampara
Duration: 175 Minutes