Batti Gul Meter Chalu Movie review: Shahid Kapoor is a knock out in this socio-drama

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"We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles - Thomas A. Edison." But, this is clearly not the case in our country as there are 31 billion houses that are struggling to get that one basic necessity - ELECTRICITY. Batti Gul Meter Chalu captures the whole scenario perfectly and puts it out in a platter for the 'aam aadmi'. As Shahid Kapoor rightly said in our EXCLUSIVE interview, the movie represents the issues of a common man and rightly so. For those who belong to small cities would relate to the movie in its entirety and the people residing in the glamour and glitz would sit back and understand their responsibility towards this BIG problem which is so prevalent in most parts of India. We all are a part of it as no one can escape the consequences that an inappropriate meter reading and a heavy bill can result to.

Director Shree Narayan Singh or call him the 'badshah' of scratching the socially prevalent issues and show it in its true naked state in front of the viewers - be it the installation of toilets in rural areas or speaking out LOUD about the electricity shortage issue which is a curse for many. In Shahid's words from the movie - 'Fuse Bulb se toh Kranti Aayegi nahi'. Yes, this movie does leave an impact that now it's high time that we need to stop wasting electricity. Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautam tell you the rude reality of this grave issue. 
Starting from the first half, Shree Narayan uses the technique of story-telling superbly. We have two characters, Vikas and Kalyan, telling us the tale of Uttarakhand. Shahid is the 'kamina kapati' lawyer who in the first half is shown as irresponsible and arrogant brat, but in the second half the whole voice and tone changes. Shahid's dialogues all through out add the fun fact in the movie, however it's the last monologue that he delivers reminds us why he is Actor par excellence. Similarly, Shraddha's act was little wavered in the first half and as the story progresses we find the Stree actor back on the track. Divyendu Sharma is a voice of those speechless common janta who are killing their desires in order to pay hefty bills. 

The writing is the most powerful in the second half and well, there is a message of Mr Narendra Modi ji - 'bade badiya din aayege'. The whole courtroom drama between Yami Gautam who is fighting the case for SPTL - the Electricity Department Company and Shahid who stands for the aam janta keeps us glued. 

Sushmita Mukherjee plays the judge and well, we can say that she is the female version of Saurabh Shukla. The verdict by the judges changes the ball-game and we can say there's hope if we fight the battle together - 'acche din zaroor aaenge'. 

The second half is full of surprises and biggest being Divyendu Sharma (that's just a tease and to know the big surprise, you will have to watch the film). There were loopholes for sure but which cinema piece is perfect. The movie does educate you about the issue but it's lengthy to the core. There are some immature instances too in the film. 

In a nutshell, it's worth a watch. In the end, I would want to add, Vikas aur Kalyan ka kaam zaari hai... 

 We give it 60 out of 100 on the Pinkvilla meter.



I love the fact that Shraddha keeps improving movie by movie.



Good movie. I liked it

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