Social issue-based drama Batti Gul Meter Chalu, starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma, and Yami Gautam in lead roles, has not performed well on the first day of its release. The movie, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, is set in rural India, and it is about inflated electricity bills due to faulty meters. The movie was released on September 21, 2018. Also Read - Shahid Kapoor Reveals What Kabir Singh Would Do During a Lockdown
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh stated that despite it being a partial holiday, the movie did not do well and made only Rs 6.76 crore on its opening day, and that it would have to make up for it in the coming days. Also Read - Varun Dhawan-Shraddha Kapoor Leave Fans in Splits With COVID-19 Message, 'Shock' Video on Social Distancing Goes Viral
According to Box office India, the movie should have got a 20 per cent to 30 per cent boost at the box office on account of it being Muharram, a holiday, but now it remains to be seen if business will pick up on Saturday and Sunday.
It has not been smooth sailing for Shree Narayan Singh, who also helmed Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, as Batti Gul Meter Chalu had faced financial hurdles and controversy over the writing credits.
“I never expected that any problem would arise. I was shaken. Every film has a journey and maybe this was meant to happen. When you are in a situation like this, you do question yourself,” he had said in an interview.
In Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Shahid Kapoor played the role of a lawyer who fights against SPTL, a Privatised Electricity Company, with Yami Gautam as his opponent, and Shraddha Kapoor played the role of a top fashion designer.