Set in n Garhwal, Uttarakhand, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is all about three childhood friends, a lawyer Sushil Kumar Pant (Shahid Kapoor), an over-the-top fashion designer Lalita Nautiyal (Shraddha Kapoor) and a businessman Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma).
Sushil Kumar Pant or SK as he is called is a cheat, who feels that the goal is more important than the means, Sundar is righteous, while Nauti, is their conscience-keeper.
We get to meet SK who makes a living by blackmailing local businessmen who indulge in malpractices. On the other hand, Sundar Mohan Tripathi is trying hard to set up his business. However, as the film progresses, Sundar’s business dream comes crashing down, as a corrupt power company sends him a humongous bill.
This is when SK has a turnaround, and the drama really kicks in. SK launches an all-out attack on the corrupt power company. Its now that we get to meet Advocate Gulnaar (Yami Gautam) who stands up against SK in court. What happens then is what makes up for the next half of the film.
The film has nothing great to offer. The characters are paper thin and they keen walking in and out as and when they feel like. Yami Gautam has hardly anything to do, while Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor look bored to death. They have zero chemistry and at times their scenes seem forced.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu has been belted out by Shree Narayan Singh who gave us Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. I had a lot of expectations with this one, but then Batti Gul Meter Chalu has nothing to write home to. Considering his tracks in Sui Dhaaga, I found Anu Malik’s music mediocre.
All in all, this one is a torturous ride which just refuses to end. Watch this only and only if you are a Shahid Kapoor fan.
Rating: One And A Half