Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 21st September, 2018
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Writers: Vipul K. Rawal
Producer/s: Bhushan Kumar, Prernaa Arora, Krishan Kumar, Arjun N Kapoor
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyenndu Sharmaa, Yami Gautam
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
What’s Good: Just like Shree Narayan Singh’s last movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha the major good thing about the film is that it’s tackling a relevant social issue, Shahid Kapoor impresses yet again!
What’s Bad: The editing is so bad that it’s annoying! What clearly could’ve been a film of just about 2 hours has been stretched for 40 minutes more.
Loo Break: Not whenever Shahid Kapoor is on screen, minus him there are way too much of unnecessary scenes you can opt for it in any of them!
Watch or Not?: 2 reasons of why should watch it, 2 why you shouldn’t – Good intent – Shahid Kapoor & lazy editing – too much of ‘Thehra’, ‘Bal’!
Located in New Tehri, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a story of three best friends Susheel Kumar aka SK (Shahid Kapoor), Lalita Nautiyal aka Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor) and Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyenndu Sharmaa). The first half of the film, confusingly, roams around for one and half hours exploring the love triangle of all the three. SK & Tripathi love Nauti while she’s not very sure of whom to love as both are very good.
It’s just at the interval point the movie comes to it senses & finally the writers decide to serve for what the audience are really in for. Tripathi sets up a factory and faces immoderate bill cycle. He decides to take the help of SK but because of their confused relationship among-st themselves SK denies to help him. Tripathi decides to take an easy way out, suicide which can help his family to tackle the problems of the factory. What he does and how it changes SK is what the rest of the story is all about.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie Review: Script Analysis
What was said to be a movie tackling issues of load-shedding or corruption in the electricity system gets lost in the first half while building up a connect with all the three characters. This is Chup Chupke meets Jolly LLB and that’s what take the novelty from the script. Sidharth-Garima have done a very average job on screenplay. Roaming around the bushes, they take too much time to say for what the film is made.
Very tacky VFX brings the production value down but they’re still better than Shree’s last film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. The words Thehra and Bal are used excessively which might be an issue for some. Personally, after a point of time I was into their dialect and didn’t mind the language. But as many people have dissected that it’s a poorly researched film, some may have an issue. If the pace would’ve been taken care of, it’s a nice film with good performances. Shahid Kapoor’s speech in the climax is undoubtedly the best scene of the film.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie Review: Star Performance
Shahid Kapoor delivers a power-packed performance. He’s just in his role from frame one and his stupendous energy is visible on screen. He has changed the way he speaks in a drastically good way and it comes out very well. Shraddha Kapoor starts off on a very hamming note but gets into the character with each passing scene.
Shraddha is beautifully presented as Nauti and overall her charm works. Divyenndu Sharmaa, on a very different note, carries forward his unique sense of choosing scripts. He has mentioned why he didn’t want to get stereotyped and this movie is the answer to that question. He’s good in comical scenes & does well in emotional ones too.
Yami Gautam highly impresses in her short role as Advocate Gulnaar. She looks and talks like a lawyer also sharing some fun scenes with Shahid Kapoor in such little time.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie Review Quicker: As the promos suggested Batti Gul Meter Chalu is all about the issues of load-shedding that still occur in certain parts of the country. Starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor & Divyenndu Sharma the movie starts with a unique competition of playing archery in dark.
Director Shree Narayan Singh starts with exploring the friendship angle between the three leads. Susheel Kumar aka SK (Shahid Kapoor), Lalita Nautiyal aka Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor) and Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyenndu Sharmaa) – three best friends confused when it comes to love. Both the guys are in love with Nauti but at the same time don’t want their friendship to get affected.
SK is a an infamous lawyer who cleverly traps the people who do unlawful things. Nauti is a small town designer aspiring to make it big in Mumbai. Tripathi owns a company which faces the issue of load-shedding and excessive billing.
First half is dragged in parts because the proceedings take a lot of time to fall into places and hence editing is very lazy. The love-triangle angle is their on screen for more time than it should’ve been. The movie was sold saying it’s about tackling the social issue but that point comes in very late in the movie. Shahid Kapoor shines as SK and is in his top form. Catching the dialect, the quirks of his character along with retaining his old-school charm, Shahid is excellent.
Divyenndu Sharmaa, in an interview with Koimoi explained how he wants to try different stuff when it comes to acting and with this he proves what he said. He has got a lot of scope and uses for his good. Shraddha Kapoor, just after Stree, delivers yet another charming performance.
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, Batti Gul Meter Chalu tells the story of how people are suffering from corruption in the electricity system. It also stars Shraddha Kapoor. This was a review till interval, please stick to this space for a detailed one.