Batti Gul Meter Chalu movie review: Shahid is great in the form of cheeky lawyer
Film: Batti Gul Meter Chalu (Drama-Social)
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Divyendu Sharma
Direction: Shree Narayan Singh
Rating: *** (3.5 /5)
Batti Gul Meter Chalu film gives you an idea about the gravity of the power-supply problems in Indian small towns. This is the second time Shahid and Shraddha will be seen collaborating onscreen post Haider.
Set in the picturesque hilly hamlet of Tehri in Uttarakhand, the rakish Shahid Kapoor plays crafty lawyer Sushil Kumar Pant, known as SK among his besties Lalita Nautiyal (a winsome Shraddha Kapoor) and Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma). They are thick childhood mates and the film opens with their idyllic friendship and easy camaraderie. With both Shahid and Shraddha working on their dialect. It also stars Divyendu Sharma in the lead role.
Shahid is in great form as a cheeky lawyer who can be petty one second and heroic the next. His designer beard and perfectly combed hair also serve as a welcome distraction,while the screenplay is choppy and inconsistent, all the actors have delivered well on the acting front.
The film highlights the legal battle between a small-time lawyer and a representative of the giant power corporation (an appealing Yami Gautam) is filled with witty repartees between lawyers who engage in three-minute monologues about how greedy private power companies have ruined the happiness of the common man
Since the director has tried to adept at tackling a socially-conscious film, tailoring it to a conventional Bollywood format, however or every grim reality there’s a song to bleak the bleakness.
Overall the film doesn’t stoke the activist in you or make you enraged on behalf of the common man. You remain a mute spectator and that makes this film a lost opportunity.