Made with an intent to take up a really serious issue, Batti Gul Meter Chalu stumbles badly and fails to lit up. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is really long, 3-hour long. Like we saw in the trailer, the actual movie is not even half the exciting it appeared on the trailer.
The director, Shree Narayan Singh seems to be picking up social issues as his topics. The debut was Toilet: EkPrem Katha around open defecation became a sleeper hit. His next Batti Gul Meter Chalu is about faulty meters and how private electricity suppliers are exploiting the common man.
Coming to the main part, Shahid Kapoor lodges a case here against a private power supplier. Why? Because they send big fat bills which is mainly due to faulty meters. After Toilet - EkPrem Katha with Akshay Kumar last year, his latest Batti Gul Meter Chalu fails to electrify the way it should have.
It's a social drama ending up in court trying to bring up an important social message. To be honest, the director tried it too hard with Batti Gul Meter Chalu.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu is all about a common man's fight against the power distribution companies and its misdoings. The director highlighted how the consumers are forced to pay higher amounts in the name of electricity bills even if they haven't actually used their bit.
The story is loose in parts, but it picks up a issue we all should look into. Batti Gul Meter Chalu could have been better, if the makers would have been a little more cautious with the screenplay.
Now, if I break up the main issue, Shahid Kapoor is up against the unresponsive power industry players fighting for justice. The company is careless and not looking into how the distribution is being misused.
With no effective grievance redressal mechanism, the common man is suffering. The story had it in itself, but Batti Gul Meter Chalu lost its way trying hard to mix up the commercial elements.
Also when the film is trying to focus on the main issue being addressed in the courtroom, the director overdoes it here again by infusing humour into the serious debate. Ahhh!
Coming to how the actors performed, Shahid Kapoor actually did well in his part. The actor manages to save the bits of Batti Gul Meter Chalu while Shraddha, on the other hand stumbles. The other lead, Divyendu Sharma does deliver a quality performance with some good acting. YamiGautam offers an average performance.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu could have been better, and mainly has been left behind due to its poor treatment. The story messes in the middle, but it was Shahid Kapoor who keeps up the magic intact throughout.In between all the load-shedding and corrupt electricity distribution, the main issue gets lost while the director keeps on building up a connect with the three main characters in the film. The screenplay could have saved the film, but anyways it isn't that bad, and a one a time watch is still suggestable.
SWG Rating: 2.5/5