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Batti Gul Takes On Mofussil Competition 

It seems this is a great time  to belong to small-town India .An slew of such films are expected  to hit the theatres in the coming weeks. 

And the one beating the rest of the smalltown dramas  to the turnstile is director Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu the story of electrical power theft in North India is inspired by real -life incident. This will be followed the next week by Vishal Bhardwaj’s Patakha and Sharad Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga.All these are films set in small towns and explore the aspirations disappointment and ultimate triumph of the ordinary working-class hero of the smalltown hero .
Aanand Rai who produced last week’s well received  moffusil romcom Manmarziyan and some really big smalltown dramas recently like Shubh Mangal Savdhan and Newtown thinks of  the trend of moving to the small towns as a reclamation of our very rich literary and cultural heritage
Says Rai, “There are so many stories to be told in these small towns .I think the time for the these stories has come now “
According to  former chairperson of the censor board producer  Pahlaj  Nihalani ,such stories have always had an audience . “But some filmmakers are too busy hunting for locations abroad to look at their home . There so many eye-catching cities in India that are yet to be explored”

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