Release Date: September 21, 2018
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Divyendu Sharma, Farida Jalal, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Sudhir Pandey
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Genre: Drama, Social
Duration: 2 hours 43 minutes
Movies championing social causes are springing up quite often and many of them have been hugely popular. Some recent examples include Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Newton, Hindi Medium, and Padman. And now, we have Batti Gul Meter Chalu (BGMC), which highlights another major issue faced by people across the country. BGMC depicts the inefficient and corrupt government institutions that create a lot of pain and suffering for the common man.
The story is about three friends, SK (Shahid Kapoor), Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) and Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor), who live in Tehri, a small town in the state of Uttarakhand. SK works as a lawyer, Nauti aspires to become a top fashion designer, and Tripathi harbors the dream to become a big businessman. They all have different dreams and aspirations, but they have a common complaint – the unreliable electricity supply in their town. They can never be sure when the electricity will be cut, which creates innumerable problems for all residents.
However, erratic electricity supply is not the core problem that the movie highlights. The story takes a dramatic turn when Tripathi starts his own business and is sent a huge bill of Rs 54 lakh. This is where the real story begins and it highlights the corrupt electricity distribution system in many states of the country. As Tripathi tries to deal with the situation, SK emerges as the hero who would fight the corrupt guys in court and bring justice for his friend. However, it won’t be easy since the corrupt have both money power and political power at their disposal.
The movie succeeds only in parts and is quite lengthy at almost 3 hours. This stretches the story and makes it boring at times. However, the movie picks up pace after the inflated electricity bill is sent to Tripathi. Shahid Kapoor has two distinct roles to play in the movie and he does it better in the role of an honest lawyer fighting for justice. Shraddha Kapoor comes across as a perky small town girl with big dreams and she fits perfectly in the role. Yami Gautam makes an appearance in the second half and has a limited role in the movie.
The movie could have been better with taut editing and a shorter duration. However, Batti Gul Meter Chalu can be a good watch if you have interest in social issues and want to know their impact on people.