The trailerof Shahid Kapoor’s upcoming film BATTI GUL METER CHALU was launched in Mumbai on Friday. This is the second time Shahid Kapoor is pairing up with Shraddha Kapoor, they were first seen in HAIDER and now will be seen in BATTI GUL METER CHALU.
As the film directed by Shri Narayan who has also directed Akshay Kumar’s TOILET: EK PREM KATTA which touched upon and important topic of sanitation and has now touched upon a topic of electricity!
Shahid was asked numerous questions at the launched at the event, the actor talked about why it is important for mainstream actors to be part of socially relevant films.
Shahid said, “I have done such films (socially relevant) in the past. Shraddha (Kapoor) and I have done HAIDER together. That film was about the issue of human rights, a massive issue in the state of Kashmir and in the North Eastern states. Then, I did UDTA PUNJAB which was about the drug problem in Punjab. And, today I am doing BATTI GUL METER CHALU. So this is my third film that talks about something I think is a relevant social issue and is something that people in our country are going through. The kind of love I received after doing those two films was overwhelming. These are the people who were directly affected by that situation. When we speak about these issues, it becomes large enough for the media to be interested in it. Once the media gets involved, somebody has to do something about those issues as nobody wants to have a bad name. So making such films and bringing them to a wider audience is of utmost importance. It is then not just entertainment but also a responsibility on a more human level. That’s why I feel very proud that I got this opportunity.”
Talking about his choice of films and roles he said, “It’s about the character that intrigue me more than anything, Divyendru is the hero of the film and he leads the film, I don’t care how multi-starrer the film is, it’s about the role.”
BATTI GUL METER CHALU will showcase the issue of electricity theft in rural India. At the trailer launch, the actor also shared his concern about many villages still not getting electricity and how he would like to do his bit to help society. He said, “If as actors we don’t choose to work in socially relevant films, we will miss the opportunity to do our bit for society. We are not making a documentary. If we make one, it won’t reach anywhere. You have to make an entertaining film. You have to take mainstream actors, so that you can spread the message as wide as possible. This way the issue gets addressed to the widest possible audience.”
As Yami Gautam and Shahid Kapoor are playing lawyer in the film, when asked Shahid Kapoor why is Yami missing at the trailer launch he said, “She returned from outdoor a day before, she was supposed to come but got unwell hence couldn’t make it.”
As Ishaan (Shahid’s brother) is getting rave reviews for his stellar performance in DHADAK, when asked Shahid when will we see him working with Ishaan he said, “ I don’t know, ask him whatever he wants to work with me or not, it was his success party of DHADAK and he didn’t call me, I called Ishaan and checked with him, he said he wasn’t sure if there is any party happening. (smiles).”
BATTI GUL.. releases on 21 September.