In the small town of Uttarakhand where Batti Gul Meter Chalu is set in, power cut is something of a joke. We see Shahid Kapoor and Divyendu Sharma, who play best friends, participate in a sport in which you shoot arrows in the dark, and when Shraddha Kapoor is having a bad hair day, she blames it on power cut. They hang out, go on dates, and fool around in this quaint little hill town. Everyone has an accent. The parents crack jokes about Whatsapp.
And then one day, the joke stops being funny. It begins with a Rs 1.5 lakh electricity bill for Sharma’s business enterprise, which mysteriously goes higher up. Things spiral out of control and Batti Gul Meter Chalu changes gear. Shree Narayan Singh’s film revolves around power-theft – and its numerous real-life instances. Kapoor leads the fight against the electricity supplying firm – represented in court by Yami Gautam – which has been quietly exploiting the residents. Some sort of a people’s movement is born.
Written by Siddharth-Garima, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shree Narayan Singh, Nitin Chandrachud, Kusum Arora and Nishant Pitti. It will release on 21 September.
Watch the trailer here: