From what I gather the Toilet Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh’s new film Batti Gul Meter Chalu is about power theft in the mofussil areas. No, not politics. But the vandalizing of electricity. The inflated bills that put consumers into a shock. How the hell did that happen? We scream and them cough up a small fortune. Nothing compared with the shock I felt on hearing Shahid Kapoor’s Garhwali accent. He’s a citizen of a sleepy town in Uttarakhand lit only by darkness. I guess his spoken language is Garhwali, but it sounds more baharwali.. an outsider doing an awful imitation of the local accent.
Accents and especially those done badly are totally off-putting in our cinema. Like the power shutdowns in non-metropolitan cities, only a miracle can restore our faith in this film with its phoney accents. Unless they decide to clean out Shahid’s spoken lines in the final dubbing. And while they are at it, they can also do something about Shraddha Kapoor whose over enthusiasm looks rather fake