Batti Gul Meter Chalu

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Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh
Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Nitin Chandrachud
Shree Narayan Singh
Kusum Arora
Nishant Pitti
Written by Vipul K Rawal (Story Concept) Sidhartha Singh
Garima Wahal
(Dialogue)
Screenplay by Sidhartha Singh
Garima Wahal
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
Divyendu Sharma
Yami Gautam
Music by Anu Malik
Rochak Kohli
Sachet - Parampara
Cinematography Anshuman Mahaley
Edited by Shree Narayan Singh
Production
company
T-Series Films
Krti Pictures
Distributed by

Anand Pandit Motion Pictures
Panorama Studios[1]

Zee Studios (International)
Release date
  • 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
Running time
161 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 49 crore[2]
Box office 51.72 crore[3]

Batti Gul Meter Chalu (transl. Lights off, meter on; Hindi pronunciation: [bət̪t̪iː gʊl miːʈəɾ tʃaːluː]) is a 2018 Indian social problem film[4] directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Nishant Pitti and Krishan Kumar.[5] The film tells the story of inflated electricity bills in rural India and stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, and Yami Gautam.[6]

Principal photography commenced in February 2018 in Tehri, Uttarakhand and was completed in July 2018.[7][8] The film was released worldwide on 21 September 2018.[9]

Story

S.K (Shahid Kapoor), Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor), and Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) are childhood friends. S.K is a hypocrite, mean lawyer making money from out of court settlements. Nauti is an over the top fashion designer who thinks highly of herself.

Things were breezy until Tripathi opens a small town Printing Press. Within months, he is charged with an Inflated elctricity bill of 1.5 Lakhs, which escalates to 54 Lakhs in the following months. With no where to go and complain, Tripathi commits suicide. S.K is set aback by the events and has a change of heart. He decides to fight out against SPTL, a Privatised Electricity Company responsible for the Inflated Bills. He has Advocate Gulnaar (Yami Gautam) representing SPTL as his opponent. Whether or not he is able to sue the company forms the rest of the story.

Cast

Production

Principal photography

The principal photography for the film began in February 2018 with Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in Tehri, Uttarakhand.[7] The first and second schedule of the film got wrapped in February 2018[10] and March 2018 respectively.[11] Since, KriArj Entertainment, which was producing the film firstly got into financial troubles, the shoot of the film was kept on a halt, which finally got resumed in May 2018 and was wrapped up in June 2018.[12] After the final schedule in July 2018, the film was finally wrapped up in the same month.[8]

Casting

Director Shree Narayan Singh had already signed Shahid Kapoor to play a lawyer fighting against Faulty Electricity Meters and Inflated Bills in a local town of Uttarakhand.[13] Later, Yami Gautam was signed as an opposition lawyer against Shahid Kapoor in the film.[14] For the role of Lalita Nautiyal a.k.a. Nauti, actresses like Katrina Kaif,[15] Ileana D'Cruz[16] and Sonakshi Sinha[17] were approached but later, it was confirmed that Shraddha Kapoor would be playing this role in the film.[18]

Marketing and release

The film was originally slated to release on 31 August 2018[19] but was pushed to 14 September 2018 to avoid the clash with Shraddha Kapoor's other film, Stree starring Rajkummar Rao.[20] The financial troubles faced by KriArj Entertainment[21] lead to delays in the shooting of the film.

Later, it was announced that the film would have a worldwide release on 21 September 2018.[22] The teaser of the film was released by T-Series on 18 October 2017.[23] The trailer of the movie was released on 10 August 2018.[24] Following a special screening on September 20 attended by the cast[25] the film finally was released on September 20, 2018 in UAE and September 21st worldwide.[26]

Soundtrack

Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli and Sachet - Parampara
Released 8 September 2018[27]
Recorded 2018
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 20:14
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Anu Malik chronology
Paltan
(2018)
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
(2018)
Sui Dhaaga
(2018)
Rochak Kohli chronology
Satyameva Jayate
(2018)
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
(2018)
Badhaai Ho
(2018)
Sachet-Parampara chronology
Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se
(2018)
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
(2018)
Singles from Batti Gul Meter Chalu
  1. "Gold Tamba"
    Released: 18 August 2018
  2. "Dekhte Dekhte"
    Released: 21 August 2018
  3. "Hard Hard"
    Released: 29 August 2018
  4. "Har Har Gange"
    Released: 7 September 2018

The music of the film is composed by Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli, Sachet-Parampara while the lyrics are penned by Siddharth-Garima and Manoj Muntashir. Music Produced By Dj Phukan , Bharat Goel, Chandan Saxena, O2srk, Abhijit vaghani.The songs featured in the film are sung Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Mika Singh, Nakash Aziz, Prakriti Kakar and Sachet Tandon.[28] The album of the film was by released T-Series on 8 September 2018.[29]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Gold Tamba"Siddharth - GarimaAnu MalikNakash Aziz5:02
2."Dekhte Dekhte"Manoj MuntashirRochak KohliAtif Aslam4:16
3."Dekhte Dekhte" (Version 2)Manoj MuntashirRochak KohliRahat Fateh Ali Khan4:16
4."Hard Hard"Siddharth - GarimaSachet - ParamparaMika Singh, Sachet Tandon, Prakriti Kakar3:38
5."Har Har Gange"Siddharth - GarimaSachet - ParamparaArijit Singh3:02
Total length:20:14

Critical reception

Batti Gul Meter Chalu generally received negative reviews from critics. The film was lauded for it's message, humor, performances and cinematography. The movie's running time and story execution faced criticism.

DNA in its 3.5 stars review criticized the storyline but praised the performance of Shahid Kapoor. "Shahid is top-notch. The actor, who is in his prime, has matured into a fine talent and shows that he can shoulder a film on his own. Half a star in the film’s rating is reserved only for Shahid."[30]

Rachit Gupta from TOI in his 3 stars review questioned the screenplay saying, "BGMC loses power under the load of its heavy-duty screenplay." He, however praised Shahid & Shraddha's performance adding, "Shahid is able to blend a fine balance between the over-confident young man and the guy with a heart of gold. His monologue during the climax is superb. Shraddha Kapoor plays the peppy small town girl with panache."[31]

Rajeev Masand gave positive response appreciating the performances of the cast, message and humor of the film. He awarded it 3 stars noting "This is one of those downstream movies that delivers its message coated with a thick layer of melodrama. And it works." Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express rated it 2.5 stars out of 5 praising the cinematography, message and humor of the film. She noted saying "Batti Gul Meter Chalu is careful not to get too much in lecture-mode. The rest of it made me smile, and made me pause: how do you expect people to live without ‘bijli’ in today’s world? It is, as SK says thunderously, a fundamental right."[32]

Another critic Shrishti Negi of News 18 lauded performances of the cast, writing and the heart of the film. While criticized the sexist 'jibles' and the film's overstretched second half. Devesh Sharma of Filmfare quoted "All-in-all, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a film which has its heart in the right place. Better editing and a shortening of length by twenty minutes would have made the film more impactful."[33]

While critic Jyoti Sharma Bawa from Hindustan Times criticized the execution of the film quoting "The film takes almost 1.5 hours to establish what the trailer explained in three minutes" and giving it one and half from five stars.[34] Rachit Gupta from Times of India also noted the running time of the film writing "It is a story that needs to be told, undoubtedly, but the runtime just robs the movie of its impact." He gave the movie two stars out of five.[35]

Legal issues

The shooting of the film got stalled in April 2018 due to the non-payment of dues by KriArj Entertainment. Later, in June 2018, producer Vashu Bhagnani claimed his rights over the film as the deal with KriArj Entertainment, which was denied by Bhushan Kumar, the current producer of the film.[36]

The film's original and first writer Vipul K Rawal had filed a case against the Director and other writers for trying to deny him his rightful credit for the story, screenplay and dialogues of the film.[37] Later, the matter was settled and it was decided that the credit for story, screenplay and dialogues will now be equally shared between Rawal along with Sidhartha Singh and Garima Wahal.[38]

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