Batti Gul Meter Chalu Reviews by Critics: Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor starrer has received mixed reviews from critics. The average rating is 2.70 from the 10 reviews.
- Positive: 4
- Neutral: 5
- Negative: 1
- Avg Rating: 2.70/5
On the whole, BATTI GUL METER CHALU is an average, one-time watch entertainer that appeals only in parts. The film has lot of flaws and loose ends and Shahid Kapoor’s entertaining performance saves the day to an extent. At the box office, it will require a really strong word of mouth to attract footfalls.
2 reasons of why should watch it, 2 why you shouldn’t – Good intent – Shahid Kapoor & lazy editing – too much of ‘Thehra’, ‘Bal’!. All said and done, Batti Gul Meter Chalu says a very important thing but the treatment messes all up. It’s high time Shahid Kapoor gets his due in Bollywood but this is not that film. Watch it for its intent & Shahid Kapoor!
This kind of film can turn too preachy for its own good, but Batti Gul Meter Chalu is careful not to get too much in lecture-mode. The rest of it made me smile, and gave me pause: how do you expect people to live without ‘bijli’ in today’s world? It is, as SK says thunderously, a fundamental right.
The trailer of this film tells you almost all there is to know. Take that three minutes and add another 172: The main feature is a bloated narrative that skirts almost three hours. If the filmmaker had cut out the vapid first 15 minutes, and the black and white scenes (a narration device), think how much electricity and time could have been saved – not to mention how much more tolerable this film would have been.
Batti Gul Meter Chalu’s trio -- Shahid, Shraddha and Divyendu -- find a surer footing in the film’s second half but it is a pity that such seasoned performers such as Farida Jalal and Supriya Pilgaonkar are as important to the film as scenery. Sushmita Mukherjee, as the judge, is forced to smile off SK’s toxic transgressions in the courtroom and she is capable of so much more. Butti Gul Meter Chalu had a lot of promise, but just like the government it targets, it fails to deliver.
BGMC’s heartbeat feels correct. You also buy into the new-age actors’ constant refrain that movies are meant to enlighten, educate and entertain. However, here the entertainment bit falls out. Watch BGMC because it throws light on the issue of electricity, which is a fundamental human right. If we sit like frogs in a well, we may never learn what ails the real India. Jaago guys, jaago.
The second half is full of surprises and biggest being Divyendu Sharma (that's just a tease and to know the big surprise, you will have to watch the film). There were loopholes for sure but which cinema piece is perfect. The movie does educate you about the issue but it's lengthy to the core. There are some immature instances too in the film. In a nutshell, it's worth a watch. In the end, I would want to add, Vikas aur Kalyan ka kaam zaari hai...
The good part in this movie is that it takes references from Bollywood and cricket, which is a relief in some tense situations. To sum it up, Shahid is the gravy of a spicy misal while Shraddha, Yami, Divyendu and other actors are just the toppings which make it delicious when added in lesser quantity.
Shahid has a sense of coming timing, Shraddha is occasionally fetching and Divyendu is steady, but the film tries to pack in more than it can comfortably hold. The slippages stick out in spite of the fact that Batti Gul Meter Chalu makes the right noises for the most part. If only it took less time and fewer detours to get to the point, it might have dodged its frequent blackouts.
The story has loopholes and is extremely slow. While Shahid tries his best to keep the batti chalu, the lights of this movie keep flickering and doesn’t give the shock it was meant to deliver. If you’re a Shahid Kapoor fan, the film is a treat. Otherwise, you could give this movie a skip.