Batti Gul Meter Chalu Reviews (Top Critics)
By Umesh Punwani (2.5/5)

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.

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By Bollywood Hungama (3/5)

It's often said that there are 2 India's within this country. One is the urban India where the infrastructure is developed and all facilities like electricity, water supply, sanitation etc. are readily available. But there's a part of India which still struggles with basic facilities. Shortage of electricity is one of the major problems of our country even today with power cuts being very frequent almost daily. On top of it, it's not uncommon to come across reports of people slapped with insanely inflated electricity bills.

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By Devesh Sharma (3/5)

Electricity is the key to India's development. If monsoon drives our agriculture then its electricity which drives the industry. But apart from that, electricity also drives education, as students in remote areas can study under better lighting, it leads to security as crimes get lessened in better lit areas. In metros, we take 24/7 electricity for granted but a better part of India still doesn't have access to that.

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh has managed to bring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor back on screen post their hit chemistry in Haider. The spark between these two is still alive, but it really shines on screen only after the interval. Shahid, like most times, had picked a character with a graph. He has a charm which people, mostly men fall for, and it isn't in the way you are thinking.

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By Rahul Desai (1.5/5)

Shree Narayan Singh, who last directed the highly questionable Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, spends 175 K-serial minutes trying to tell us that corrupt energy suppliers won't let city malls and multiplexes go for a minute without electricity while fleecing poor Uttarakhand towns and small-time businesses are plagued with load shedding and power cuts.

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By Vishal Verma (4/5)

After a satirical attack on the burning issue of open defecation in the award winning Akshay Kumar starrer TOILET: EK PREM KATHA, Shree Narayan Singh's BATTI GUL METER CHALU takes on the privatization of the power/electricity supply in small towns/ rural India in a satirical attack on the aghast of the need, the inhumanity of greed and the failure of the system in controlling the damage in a manner that first entertains, then enrages and finally makes you think.

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By Shalu Singh (2/5)

Batti Gul Meter Chalu is Shree Narayan Singh's second movie after Akshay Kumar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. While his first film revolved around open defecation, the second movie starring Shahid Kapoor is based on electricity. With both the movies talking about socially relevant subjects, Shree Narayan Singh seems to have become the flag-bearer of the infotainment films.

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By Udita Jhunjhunwala (2.5/5)

Editor-director Shree Narayan Singh and writers Siddharth-Garima move on from the issue of toilets and open defecation (addressed in their earlier effort Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) to another widespread problem. In Batti Gul Meter Chalu, which is based on a story by Vipul K Rawal, they train their lens on issues of electricity bills, load-shedding and power scams.

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By Sukanya Verma (1.5/5)

After nearly three hours of a bogus love triangle and half-hearted championing of social issues, the only thing Batti Gul Meter Chalu ascertains is there is no light at the end of this never-ending drab. It's a harrowing experience to sit through Director Shree Narayan Singh's latest that yammers reams of gyaan on the common man's woes but doesn't think twice before doling out this dreary, dragging and annoying piece of cinema at a ticket-paying audience.

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By Meena Iyer (3.5/5)

Three inseparable childhood friends - a thrifty lawyer Sushil Kumar Pant aka SK (Shahid Kapoor), an over-the-top fashion designer Lalita 'Nauti' Nautiyal (Shraddha Kapoor) and a businessman Sundar Mohan Tripathi (Divyenndu) - are the life of the party in Garhwal, Uttarakhand. But each of them is diametrically opposite in nature.

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By Dishya Sharma (2.5/5)

Batti Gul Meter Chalu is about a common man's fight against an electricity providing company who bills him a hefty amount. The common man here is played by Pyaar Ka Punchnama fame Divyanshu. His character, Sundar, decides to start a company in Uttarakhand.

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By Shrishti Negi (2.5/5)

There are a few things that really stand out in Shree Narayan Singh's Batti Gul Meter Chalu, and chief among them is its female protagonist Lalita Nautiyal (Shraddha Kapoor). This may get some riled-up responses, especially from those who would want to watch the film for Shahid Kapoor, but it's her portrayal that speaks the most in the film.

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By Charu Thakur (1.5/5)

Had Batti Gul Meter Chalu been entertaining every time a character said 'bal', Shree Narayan Singh's social drama would have our heart. Instead, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a 3-hour-long social drama is a tiring saga full of cliches, a sleep-inducing love triangle, a slapstick courtroom drama and a little bit of social message.

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By Nandini Ramnath

After looking at loos in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, director Shree Narayan Singh turns his attention to power shortages, overpriced electricity bills and the criminal ways of electricity distribution companies. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is based on a story by Vipul K Rawal and has a screenplay by Siddharth-Garima.

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The Times Of India
By Rachit Gupta (3/5)

Nauti (Shraddha Kapoor), SK (Shahid Kapoor) and Tripathi (Divyendu Sharma) are friends who live in the small town of Tehri in Uttarakhand. The trio is inseparable and their dosti is rock solid. But life takes a turn for the worse, when Tripathi's new business set-up is slammed with an exorbitant electricity bill of 54 lakhs.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (2/5)

An Uttarakhand lawyer-conman who revels in exploiting law-breakers to pecuniary advantage has a change of heart when tragedy strikes and he takes on a private power supplier in a David-versus-Goliath battle over inflated bills and faulty meters in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, directed by Shree Narayan Singh of Toilet - Ek Prem Katha fame.

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Hindustan Times
By Jyoti Sharma Bawa (2.5/5)

Batti Gul Meter Chalu begins with an archery competition in a nondescript town in Uttarakhand -- in the dark. The one who hits the bull's eye gets enough fuel to keep the neighbourhood community centre's generator thumping for six months. Director Shree Narayan Singh aims to shock with the abrupt beginning but for those who grew up in small-town India or its villages, the scene will only evoke nostalgia.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (2.5/5)

To make a message go down easy, you have to pad up the movie nice and proper. This is something that Hindi cinema used to understand and implement, as the default mainstream story-telling style. Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a hark-back to a forgotten tradition, which, at its best, gave us story and substance. Batti Gul gives us both, for most part.

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