Shahid Kapoor’s co-star reveals ‘Ambani’ link in story line of Batti Gul Meter Chalu

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Shahid Kapoor has been relentlessly shooting for his upcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu. His shooting commitment in Uttrakhand has kept the Padmaavat actor busy for the most part of 2018.

There were reports that Shahid even cancelled his scheduled family holiday because of his shooting commitments for Batti Gul Meter Chalu. But, not much was revealed about the central plot of his film until one of his co-stars appears to have accidentally given away the theme.

Samir Soni, who featured alongside Shahid Kapoor in Vivah, too will be seen in a cameo role in the film. Speaking about his role, Samir told DNA, “I play an industrialist a la the Ambanis, and he is the key witness in the case.”

Shahid and Yami Gautam are apparently lawyers, while Shraddha Kapoor plays the former’s love interest. “I look forward to working with Shahid after Vivah. I’m fond of him and we share an excellent rapport. I feel he still hasn’t got his due for the talent he possesses,” Samir was further quoted by DNA.

The film’s story reportedly revolves around a man who kills himself because of electricity issues, bringing the role of the owner (played by Samir) under the scanner.

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh of Toilet Ek Prem Katha fame, the film was mired in controversy earlier this year. Its shooting was briefly stalled in April after producer Prerna Arora allegedly failed to pay wages to the crew. Later, filmmaker Bhushan Kumar took the responsibility, thereby paving the way for the resumption of the film’s shooting.

In 2016, Delhi government had slammed BSES-run discoms owned by Anil Ambani-headed Reliance ADAG over alleged corruption, their “atrocious” performance and the “unprecedented” power outages across the national capital.

In a letter to Ambani, Delhi Power Minister Satyender Jain had alleged that the discoms that supplied power to nearly 70 per cent of the city had started “fudging” data to show improvement following stern warnings from the government.

Although, Samir has not suggested whether the the central theme of Batti Gul Meter Chalu had any resemblance to Ambani-run power company in real life, his ‘Ambanis’ analogy may have added a tinge of excitement among the Bollywood fans about their film.

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