Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Director Sree Narayan Singh takes up another social cause after Toilet Ek Prem Katha. This time it is the power companies, their unreasonable bills and the struggle of the common man in getting those sorted.
The film is based in Uttarakhand where three friends Sunder (Divyendu), Sushil (Shahid Kapoor) and Lalita (Shraddha Kapoor) have grown up. The trio is established as best friends and the first half of the film revolves around them. At mid-time a tragedy strikes and the film changes gears.
The second half of the film takes up the power issue and goes on to make an attempt to raise pertinent questions on the electricity supply and the disparity of it.
Although the film takes a lot of time to come to the point and also takes cinematic liberties despite of being a real cause based film, it has a good soul and the questions are contemporary.
Here are the things we appreciate in the film:
- The acting from the lead cast is first rate. Divyendu shines as an honest young man dealing with the inflated bills and has pressure of responsibilities. Shraddha Kapoor as the quirky fashion designer who becomes the reason of conflict between friends does justice to her character. Shahid Kapoor has the best part with a whole transition from the crooked lawyer to a vigilant crusader. He shows his range and once again proves his versatility.
- The dialect in the film which I am not sure if authentic but is intact thoughout the film and every character abides by it.
- The cinematography of the hilly towns of Uttarakhand is beautiful. The Ganga aarti is picturized scenically.
- Although 2 hours 40 minutes long the film keeps moving and thus you do not feel dull or bore moments.
- The songs although not the best but do not hinder the film and are placed well.
The film takes some cheap shots during the court procedures which seem misplaced.