Mainstream Actors Should Do Socially-Relevant Films: Shahid Kapoor
The actor said his last two films -- "Haider" and "Udta Punjab" -- were appreciated because they dealt with contemporary issues.
"I feel proud to be a part of this film. One would think it (electricity) is a small issue but it is not for others. As actors, if we can represent those issues, it would be good as we have the opportunity to say something nice otherwise we will lose the chance.
"We are not making a documentary film as it will never reach anywhere. So you have to make it entertaining and take mainstream actors so you can reach out to the wider audience," Shahid told reporters at the trailer launch of the film.
The film is being directed by Shree Narayan Singh, who also helmed Akshay Kumar starrer "Toilet - Ek Prem Katha".
"The issue of electricity is there both in small and big cities. There are 31 million houses without electricity. Also, there has been a sudden rise in bills due to the privatization of electricity. It is an important issue. I had no idea about the sanitation issue, it is a rural issue. Shree Narayan Singh's film 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' was educational for me," Shahid added.
Singh said the idea to make "Batti Gul Meter Chalu" came from producer Prerna Arora, who was planning to make a film called "Roshni" and Singh fell in love with the idea and told his writer duo Siddharth-Garima to work on it.
"We talk about progress in our country but nothing much has happened. I am from a small town and I know what has happened. Like in a village called Rampur, there is electricity but not in anyone's house," he said.
"I have worked with Diljit Dosanjh in 'Udta Punjab', Saif Ali Khan in 'Rangoon', Ranveer Singh in 'Padmavati'. Divyendu Sharma has an important role in 'Batti Gul Meter Chalu'. It is essential to choose the right films. We need to go beyond these limitations. I want to be a part of good films."
The film is set to be released on September 21.
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