'Batti Gul Meter Chalu' has been garnering accolades ever since the trailer of the film was out. The Shahid Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor-starrer is directed by Shree Narayan Singh, who has previously helmed 'Toilet — Ek Prem Katha'. Just like the Akshay starrer, this one is also a social drama that talks about the issue of electricity overbilling and corrupt power corporations.
With the film being inspired by real events, Shree Narayan Singh and writers Garima and Siddharth did extensive research to do justice to the story. Since it is set in Uttarakhand, the dialogues are laced with Garhwali, one of the dialects of the state. In a bid to retain authenticity, not only was the film shot in Tehri, but every actor was made to take lessons in the language. Apart from Shahid and Shraddha, the movie also stars Yami Gautam and Divyendu Sharma in pivotal roles.
“Maintaining the commercial aspect without compromising on authenticity was one of our biggest challenges. I was lucky to have a great team on board. Be it the actors, producers, writers… everyone had the right mindset. I thoroughly enjoyed making this film,” said the director
Producer Bhushan Kumar added, “As people who are in the business of telling stories, it is important for filmmakers to be true to the world in which they place their characters. Don’t they say jaisa des vaisa bhes? While the film is essentially in Hindi, key colloquial phrases and words have been used to give it an authentic touch. I am sure it will be appreciated.”
Shahid was last seen on the silver screen as Maharawal Ratan Singh in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' which starred Deepika Padukone in the titular role. The movie put up a stellar performance at the box office and is among one of the highest grosser. And after the period drama, the actor will now be seen in a role of a simple man from the remote interiors of the country. Let's see what magic the film creates at the box office as it's all set to hit theatres on September 11. Also way before its release, the songs have gained popularity, this sure is great news for the makers.
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