Director Shree Narayan Singh’s last film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ was based on the issue of lack of sanitation facilities in India. Through the film Singh, with the help of his writers Siddharth-Garima, brought to the fore the reasons behind this issue and for people who have never resided in the Tier-3 cities or smaller towns of India, the film was no less than an eye-opener. The editor-turned-director who made his debut with a forgettable ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ managed to register a success to his name this time around.
‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ marks the second collaboration between the writer duo and the director and like the earlier film they had teamed up for, this one, too, deals with an issue plaguing the country. This one deals with the problem of electricity supply and the corruption existing at different levels of the power supply hierarchy in the country.
After you finish watching the trailer, you feel that, perhaps, it shows a little more than what it should have. The trailer reveals some crucial events that happen in the film which, one believes, it should not have. Also, it gives too much information that might compel you to watch it again to get a clearer idea of things.
Shahid Kapoor, whose got a successful film in the form of ‘Padmaavat’, after ages, needs to consolidate his box-office standing by delivering a hit as a solo hero. Thus, the success of this film is crucial for him. Shraddha Kapoor and Divyendu Sharma feature prominently in the trailer but Yami Gautam, whom we see on the posters of the film, makes a blink-and-miss appearance as a lawyer.
The subject of the film is interesting and the fact that the film comes from the same team that gave us ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ makes one look forward to it. Having said that, the trailer could have been edited better. Wonder if it had the approval of Singh, who has been an editor and has also edited this film himself.