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Batti Gul Meter Chalu trailer: Shahid Kapoor fights electricity corporation over unjust charges

The film with a social theme, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, aims to bring a light to the inadequate provision of electricity to all citizens of the country.

Sonal Pandya

The first half of the trailer of Shree Narayan Singh's Batti Gul Meter Chalu is light and breezy and midway through it changes tones to get to the heart of the matter. Shahid Kapoor plays a clever lawyer Vimal who secures free electricity for his small community near the Ganges river. He is friends with Divyendu Sharma and Shraddha Kapoor and they have fairly carefree lives hanging out together.

Sharma's character opens a factory and is unable to handle the rising electricity bills, which go up to a whopping Rs54 lakh. He goes to the electricity corporation, SPTL, to complain but they do not budge. Sadly, he dies by suicide and his friend Vimal, with support from Shraddha's character Nauti, is driven to get justice on his behalf.

The battle to take on a giant corporation, with growing support from the similarly wronged public, sets up a do-or-die case between Shahid and the government, led by a prosecutor played by Yami Gautam. In the key trial scenes, however, Shahid's character comes off as condescending and sexist towards his fellow lawyer played by Gautam.

The film's screenplay and dialogues have been written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal. This is director Singh's second film after last year's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017). Batti Gul Meter Chalu is due to be released on 21 September.

Watch the trailer below:

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