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Batti Gul Metre Chalu Review: Second-half Rewards Those Who Can Sit Through The First
Shree Narayan Singh has the knack to portray the people from the heartland of India with a verve and presenting socially relevant subjects without the added burden of gloom and doom. He makes things short and simple which makes for an impactful watching experience. This time, he took up one of the most common issues the citizens of India face, that of the electrical load shedding, and spinned it into a three-hour long film. Let's see if he succeeded in making an impact again with Batti Gul Metre Chalu review.
The story kicks off in the hills of Uttarakhand, where Sushil Kumar Pant, played by Shahid Kapoor in a delightful role, is a wily lawyer who makes a living by blackmailing local businessmen who indulge in malpractices. he doesn't care for others. He wants things go his way. Lalitha Nautiyal aka Nauti, played by the reliable Shraddha Kapoor, is an aspiring fashion designer with her own boutique while Tripathi, played by Divyendu Sharma in a restrained show, wants to start his own business. These three a best buddies since their childhood.
The common grouse in the town is the failing electrical grid, which is pretty much their way of life. The film has its special moments, like the camaraderie between the buddies, but the screenplay by Siddharth-Garima spends too much time establishing their interpersonal relationships, which slacken the narrative. The movie picks up the pace once Tripathi’s business dream comes crashing down, as a corrupt power company slaps him with a humongous bill. With nowhere to go after a few attempts, he kills himself leaving his friends shattered.
Batti Gul Metre Chalu holds up a strong and scathing mirror to corruption and everything that is wrong with corporations and their governance. It is a story that needs to be told, undoubtedly, but the runtime just robs the movie of its impact. The second half of the film becomes a courtroom drama, as Shahid Kapoor’s SK launches an all-out attack on the corrupt power company.
This segment of the movie serves up heightened drama and in a sense, salvages the film’s draggy first half. Shahid’s character’s transformation really works well for the film. Once his SK becomes the honest lawyer with a mission, Shahid is able to blend a fine balance between the over-confident young man and the guy with a heart of gold. His act towards the climax is one of the fine works by an actor in 2018.
Shraddha Kapoor plays the peppy small town girl with aplomb. Divyendu played the good among the trio in a decent manner. Yami Gautam appears as a lawyer for the power company. She appears only in the second half. But cannot escape the feeling that she is miscast. Rest of the actors did well to varying degrees.
The music, cinematography, and rest of the crew did their jobs well. It is the editor who should have taken the matters into his hands and chopped a good half hour of the film to make it a tight watch. The patience of the audience may run put by the time the interval reaches as the second half is really where the best things happen and it deserves our attention. The production design is good.
On a whole, Batti Gul Metre Chalu is a decent attempt in bringing limelight on the electricity issue and the corruption in the electricity boards in most places in India. It is a commonly identifiable subject. But unfortunately, the three-hour runtime tests the patience of the audience. For those who could sit through the draggy first half, the second half rewards with some of the finest performances and a handful of electrifying moments.
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Batti Gul Meter Chalu is one of the most awaited movies of the season. Thanks to the stellar star cast including Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, and Yami Gautam. Directed by Shree Narayan Singh after the much successful Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, this film managed to grab the attention. Adding to that the songs of the film have become superhit taking the expectations to next level.
The film has finally hit the screens today amidst decent buzz and in a decent number of screens. Batti Gul Meter Chalu's initial audience response is positive with the drama, emotions being said as the major highlight. Take a look.
Though the basic storyline is very interesting with a much needed social message, the director Shree Narayan Singh seems to have fumbled a bit while execution. The lengthy run time and a few over dramatic scenes are said to be some of the drawbacks in this otherwise message oriented commercial entertainer. Check out the latest public talk of Batti Gul Meter Chalu below.
Shahid Kapoor seems to have managed to deliver one more rock-solid performance, this time as SK in Batti Gul Meter Chalu. The audience is loving his character and performance in the film and he is said to be one of the major positive factors of the film. However, there's not much information about Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam's roles in the movie. Check out more live updates of Batti Gul Meter Chalu review.
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What is Batti Gul Meter Chalu about?
Lights off, metre on! The film is mired in controversy with the Pakistan Film Industry over its similarities with the film Actor-in-Law. Aside from that, Battu Gul Metre Chalu is a film about the corruption issue of load shedding. The makers of Toilet Ek Pram Katha comes up with another commercial entertainer with a socially relevant point.
Batti revolves around one Sushil Kumar Pant aka SK who fights for the justice for the death of his childhood friend who committed suicide over an issue of an inflated electricity bill. he is a selfish person who cares for nothing but his welfare but he has a change of heart for his friend and takes head-on SPTL, a Privatised Electricity Company responsible for the Inflated Bills. Whether or not he is able to sue the company forms the rest of the story.
What to expect from Batti Gul Meter Chalu?
A high-quality entertainer with a message
Certainly for a film presented by the makers of Toilet Ek Prem Katha, this can be expected. This time, they come up with a story about the corrupt practices of a private electricity company which troubles users with inflated bills. A lawyer friend of one such sufferer takes the duty of fighting against this and bring justice for his late friend. An important issue in the days of fake electricity bills and load shedding.
Shahid and Shraddha
Shahid Kapoor who is riding on the success of Udta Punjab and Padmavat plays the lead role of Sushil Kumar Pant who is a selfish lawyer who undergoes a transformation when his friend commits suicide when troubled by a private electricity firm. Shraddha Kapoor received applause for her role in the recently released horror/comedy blockbuster Stree plays the role of a top fashion designer, Lalita Nautiyal aka Nauti who thinks very highly of herself. It is an odd pairing in this movie and promises a different angle to an otherwise serious looking subject.
Shree Narayan Singh direction
An eminent editor who worked for films like A Wednesday, Special 26, M. S. Dhoni: An Untold Story etc. Shree Narayan Singh turned a director and delivered a classic like Toilet: Ek Prem Kahani where he blended socially relevant subject matter with commercial elements and sugar-coated message. Now that he has taken up another subject of similar importance, we can expect another classic in its own right.
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