Located in New Tehri, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a story of three best friends Susheel Kumar aka SK (Shahid Kapoor), Lalita Nautiyal aka Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor) and Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyenndu Sharmaa). The first half of the film, confusingly, roams around for one and half hours exploring the love triangle of all the three. SK & Tripathi love Nauti while she’s not very sure of whom to love as both are very good.
It’s just at the interval point the movie comes to it senses & finally the writers decide to serve for what the audience are really in for. Tripathi sets up a factory and faces immoderate bill cycle. He decides to take the help of SK but because of their confused relationship among-st themselves SK denies to help him. Tripathi decides to take an easy way out, suicide which can help his family to tackle the problems of the factory. What he does and how it changes SK is what the rest of the story is all about.
Shahid Kapoor delivers a power-packed performance. He’s just in his role from frame one and his stupendous energy is visible on screen. He has changed the way he speaks in a drastically good way and it comes out very well. Shraddha Kapoor starts off on a very hamming note but gets into the character with each passing scene.
Shraddha is beautifully presented as Nauti and overall her charm works. Divyenndu Sharmaa, on a very different note, carries forward his unique sense of choosing scripts. He has mentioned why he didn’t want to get stereotyped and this movie is the answer to that question. He’s good in comical scenes & does well in emotional ones too.
Yami Gautam highly impresses in her short role as Advocate Gulnaar. She looks and talks like a lawyer also sharing some fun scenes with Shahid Kapoor in such little time.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu says a very important thing but the screenplay dulls the experience. It’s high time Shahid Kapoor gets his due in Bollywood but this is not that film. Watch it for its intent & Shahid Kapoor!