The wait is over as one of the much-awaited films of the year 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Divyendu Sharma released on Friday. While the film created much hype before its release and the lead cast try their best to get into the skin of their characters and ace the local dialect, it is the way, the story flows on-screen which sets the pace slow for cine-goers.
The film opens with two suspicious characters ‘Vikas’ and ‘Kalyan’ on a bus journey talking about the story of three friends - Sushil, Sundar and Lalita aka Notty. However, it is towards the end of the film that one finds the truth about their mystery. Director Shree Narayan Singh has taken the liberty of time to introduce each character making the first half of the film feel like a drag, however, it picks up the pace right before the interval. Set in the backdrop of a small town in Uttarakhand, 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' is inspired by real events with its dialogues stitched together in local language Garhwali.
Shahid-Shraddha and Divyendu portray the role of Sushil, Lalita and Sundar respectively, who are close childhood friends and can go to any length to help each other when in need. While this is the first time Shahid dons the hat of a lawyer, Divyendu essays the character of a budding entrepreneur. Shraddha, on the other hand, plays a chirpy local designer, who is in search of a life partner. When many of her attempts fail to find a good match, courtesy Sushil and Sundar’s undying efforts, she asks the duo for a trial and error 'date week'. The quite evidently-in-love Sushil eagerly takes the plunge for the first week but, surprisingly, it is Sundar, who manages to win Lalita's heart. By then Sundar also sets up his factory which suffers an electricity billing problem. Sundar's personal and professional stories run simultaneously and what follows is a series of events that makes for an important plot-spinner in the film. While the first half takes baby steps to unfold the story, the second half is loaded with courtroom drama. It is finally in the second half that Yami Gautam's character Gulnaar comes into the spotlight and she is seen delivering dialogues with elan. Like any other courtroom scene of a quintessential Bollywood film, even this one is high on drama and leaves no stone unturned to hit the bull's eye with the social message it wants to convey.
'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' is a refreshingly new concept brought to limelight by Shree Narayan Singh but the same, alas, fails to impress in the sheer way it has been executed. However, the way the director has tried to highlight this social message is commendable in itself. Watch out for a brilliant monologue by Shahid towards the end of the film which is also the highlight of the entire segment.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Yami Gautam
What works: The impeccable acting chops of the trio in making their characters as authentic as possible is the highlight of the film.
What doesn't: Jerky camera movements from time-to-time and plenty of close-up shots make it an uncomfortable watch.
Watch the trailer for the film below:
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