Shahid’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu to be a comedy? Shraddha Kapoor to play the lead?

Reportedly, Shahid Kapoor’s forthcoming film Batti Gul Meter Chalu will be based on power theft encompassed with good humour. Helmed by Shree Narayan Singh, the director divulged about the genre details of the film. He said that the film will deal with the touch of quirky humour than a serious drama and that the script of the film is getting redrafted. Moreover, he revealed that the pre production of the film is in progress.

“When we got the first draft, it was a different story. But we want to make it quirky — in the same space as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha [Singh’s last directorial]. We have been rewriting the film since October 15. “We start shooting on January 19. The film will be shot in Hrishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Mussoorie,” he said to a leading Indian daily.

On being asked whether the film chronicles about the power distribution companies in India, he said, “The idea is not to shame people. We won’t take names, but our film is based on a specific incident in the country.”

Talking about Shahid Kapoor being the first choice to play the role in the film, he said that the actor soon agreed to be a part of the film after knowing the subject of the film. He said, “I’m glad he agreed to do the role because no one else could’ve played this character.”

Adding further, he revealed that apart from male and female leads, the film will also have other vital roles and assures that the film is not a two-hero set up. Buzz is that Shraddha Kapoor will be the leading lady in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, however, it is reported that negotiations with the actress is still in progress and that the makers of the film are waiting for Shraddha’s approval. As per the reports in the leading Indian daily, the source informs,”Negotiations with Shraddha are on. She is yet to give her nod. But, she should be able to work on it.”

If all goes well, Batti Gul Meter Chalu will mark the second collaboration of Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor after Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider.