Ileana D'cruz approached to star opposite Shahid Kapoor in Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Screen adaptations of the common man’s burden tasted success this year with Toilet Ek Prem Katha following its box office records. Next year too, its creator, director Shree Narayan Singh will try to carry on the saga with Batti Gul Meter Chalu, starring Shahid Kapoor. While Shahid has been zeroed in as the lead, the spot for his female lead has reportedly been offered to Ileana D’cruz.
“We have only spoken to Ileana so far. It is a strong role of a lawyer with intense scenes and we are casting now,” producer Prerna Arora, who is co-producing the film with T-Series, told Mumbai Mirror.
Rumours suggest the production house had also approached Katrina Kaif and Shraddha Kapoor but the offer seems to have landed in Ileana’s lap. If accepted, we will see her romance Shahid on screen for a second time after ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’.
Kapoor had also acted with Shraddha Kapoor in his critically acclaimed Haider but seeing him opposite Katrina would have meant a new on-screen couple for viewers. Kapoor and D’cruz will both play lawyers in this electrical drama.
The plot of the film revolves around rising charges for electrification despite the absence of electricity around the country. The teaser released in Diwali stirred attention over this less talked about concept. "Diwali makes it just the right occasion for us to shed light on a subject that needs to be discussed. We look forward to making a film that is both commercially entertaining and encourages a social conversation," said Singh.
The movie slated to start shoot next year will be shot in multiple locations like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Tehri, Mussoorie and Nainital and will release in August 31.