Yami’s first hand experience inspired her to do Batti Gul!!
Yami Gautam is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chaalu, directed by Shree Narayan Singh and starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor. The actress has been choosing some power packed roles and this film is one of them. Apart from having a pivotal role as a Lawyer in the film, Yami took on the role for another reason too.
When the Kaabil actress read the script of Batti, it took her back to her childhood in Himachal. Having been raised in Himachal before moving to Chandigarh, the actress while growing up had also been accustomed to issues like load shedding, heavy bills on low electricity consumptions. Even after moving to Chandigarh, she went to meet her grandparents in the holidays and would face many hours of power cuts. So when the director narrated the story to her, she knew she had to take the role on not just for how powerful it was but because it reminded her of when she experienced it as well. She knew she had to be part of this story.
When asked about it the actress said, “Growing up in a small town, I have seen firsthand the kind of problems the people living there face. So when a script like Batti came my way, I knew I had to be a part of it, because it is telling a story I know all too well. People living in small towns face power cuts and problems like electricity theft on a regular basis. And to top it all, the bill that comes knocking every month is all that convenient. Batti’s story will resonate through every person who has faced a similar problem. It’s a beautiful story and I just couldn’t let go of a wonderful opportunity to be a part an issue such as the one tackled in the film.”
Produced by T Series, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is slated to release on 21st September.