Batti Gul Meter Chalu Trailer Review: What’s With Shahid Kapoor’s Accent?

Batti Gul Meter Chalu Trailer Review: What’s With Shahid Kapoor’s Accent?

The film directed by Shree Narayan Singh is about power theft in small towns
Batti Gul Meter Chalu Trailer Review: What’s With Shahid Kapoor’s Accent?

From what I gather  the Toilet Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh’s new film Batti Gul Meter Chalu is  about power theft in the mofussil areas.  No, not politics. But the vandalizing of electricity. The inflated bills that put consumers into a shock. How the hell did that happen? We  scream and them  cough up a  small fortune. Nothing compared  with the shock I felt on hearing Shahid Kapoor’s Garhwali  accent  . He’s a citizen  of   a sleepy town in Uttarakhand lit only by darkness.

I guess his spoken language  is  Garhwali, but  it sounds more baharwali.. an outsider doing  an awful imitation  of  the local accent.

Accents and specially those done badly are totally off-putting in our cinema. Like the power  shutdowns in  non-metropolitan  cities,  only a miracle can restore  our faith in  this film with its phoney accents. Unless they decide to clean out Shahid’s  spoken lines in  the final dubbing. And  while they are at it, they can  also  do something about Shraddha Kapoor whose over enthusiasm looks rather fake.

Except for  Devyendu Sharma  who plays Shahid’s best friend, no one  seems  to  really  belong to  the region where this film is set. Least of all Yami Gautam who  appears as a  lawyer at  the end of the trailer. Shahid Kapoor playing the defence lawyer (yes, he is a  lawyer too besides  an expert  in Indian dialects) checks her out and makes a lewd comment  about her figure. In the courtroom!

Order, order!  Please order some  logic into what looks like  a film on power theft gone hopelessly off-track.

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