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Shraddha Kapoor's role in Batti Gul Meter Chalu career-defining: Prernaa Arora

The producer added that the film is socially relevant as it highlights the issues of electricity shortage and high bills.

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A few months ago, unconfirmed reports on Shraddha Kapoor signing director Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu, opposite Shahid Kapoor, made the rounds. Producer Prernaa Arora of KriArf Entertainment has now confirmed the development.

Shraddha and Shahid will share the big screen for the second time, after Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider (2014). 

While highlighting that the actress’ role in the film can be a turning point in her career, Arora told Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid, “Shraddha was keen to come on-board because it is a career-defining role. The film is a love story at its core set in a small town.” 

Batti Gul Meter Chalu will talk about recieving high electricity bills, a subject not heard of in mainstream Hindi cinema. “It is also socially relevant as it highlights the issues of electricity shortage that the common man faces,” Arora said. 

Elaborating on the subject, the producer added, “Instances have been reported where even after not being at home for a better part of the month, families return to huge electricity bills. The film investigates such issues with a sarcastic undertone.” 

A similar topic was explored in the 2009 Marathi film Ek Cup Chya. Directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. The film narrated the predicament of a middle-class family that gets an electricity bill of Rs73,000 despite staying in a small house.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu will go on floors in February and is scheduled to be wrapped up by May.