Yami Gautam on why she took up ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’: It is a story I know all too well – Yami Gautam is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’. 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 experienced issues like load shedding, heavy bills on low electricity consumptions.
Even after moving to Chandigarh, when she used to visit her grandparents during the holidays, they used to face many hours of power cuts. So, when the director narrated the story to her, she knew she had to take the role, not just for how powerful it was but because it reminded the actress of her personal experiences too. 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 not 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 of an issue such as the one tackled in the film.”
Produced by T Series, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is slated to release on September 21, 2018.