Batti Gul Meter Chalu (transl. Lights off, meter on; Hindi pronunciation: [bət̪t̪iː gʊl miːʈəɾ tʃaːluː]) is a 2018 Indian social problem film directed by Shree Narayan Singh and produced by Bhushan Kumar, Nitin Chandrachud, Nishant Pitti and Krishan Kumar. The film tells the story of inflated electricity bills in rural India and stars Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, and Yami Gautam.
Principal photography commenced in February 2018 in Tehri, Uttarakhand and was completed in July 2018. The film was released worldwide on 21 September 2018 to a mixed response.
Sushil Kumar “S.K.” Pant, Lalita “Nauti” Nautiyal and Sundar Mohan Tripathi are childhood friends based in Tehri, Uttarakhand. S.K. is an unscrupulous lawyer making money from out-of-court settlements. Nauti is an over the top fashion designer who thinks highly of herself. Wanting to get married, she decides to date both her childhood friends, each for a week. Things turn sour as S.K catches Nauti and Tripathi kissing. Heartbroken, he starts taunting and avoiding them.
Tripathi’s small town printing press is charged with an inflated electricity bill of ₹150,000 (US$2,100), which escalates to ₹5.4 million (US$76,000) in the following months. He along with Nauti visit S.K for a solution, but instead, he insults them. With nowhere to go, Tripathi commits suicide. S.K is taken aback by the events and has a change of heart. He decides to fight out against SPTL, the privatised electricity company responsible for the inflated bills. He has an advocate Gulnaar Rizvi representing SPTL as his opponent.
On the last sitting of case with S.K about to win, Tripathi resurfaces and reveals about his suicide attempt and his struggles regarding inflated bills. The Court clears Tripathi’s bill and cancels SPTL’s License. It also orders them to pay Tripathi ₹1 million (US$14,000), and others ₹50,000 (US$700) with similar complaints as a compensation. Tripathi is sentenced to six months of simple imprisonment for trying to dupe insurance company with his fake death. Gulnaar and S.K. are shown to be dating post the case.
Shahid Kapoor as Sushil Kumar “SK” Pant
Divyendu Sharma as Sundar Mohan Tripathi / Rahul Gupta
Yami Gautam as Advocate Gulnaar Rizvi
Shraddha Kapoor as Lalita “Nauti” Nautiyal
Farida Jalal as Lalita’s grandmother
Sushmita Mukherjee as Judge
Samir Soni as Sanjay Bhaduriya, SPTL owner
Rajendra Chawla as Janak Khanduri, complaint officer
Sukhvinder Chahal as Pankaj Bahuguna, SPTL official
Sudhir Pandey as D.N Pant, SK’s father
Supriya Pilgaonkar as Beena Nautiyal, Lalita’s mother
Atul Srivastava as Murarilal Tripathi, Sundar’s father
Anushka Ranjan as Rita, Sundar’s sister
Brijendra Kala as Deendayal Gangotri Travels owner
Badrul Islam as Kalyan
Sharib Hashmi as Vikas
Mukesh S Bhatt as Upreti
Anna Ador as Ariana
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