When it comes to movies, they are real-life stories and socially relevant projects that interest the actor Yami Gautam. And this is because such narratives, he says, "entertain and educate" the audience.
Yami's next two films are on the same line: Batti Gul Meter Chalu describes the problem of electricity in the small towns and villages of India, and Uri talks about the surgical attack of the Indian army in the part of Kashmir occupied by Pakistan that took place after the Uri terrorist attacks in September 2016.
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"Socially relevant stories, for me, are those that have an impact on human life," says Yami. "Piku (2015) had a message and so did Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017) So I think these stories have a wide range, and I love how they can be engaging and entertaining – it's like a healthy experience My next two films are all heartfelt but relevant in today's society.When you can entertain people and engage them in a socially relevant conversation, it is the best that this medium can offer, "he adds.
The actor admits that these films can be difficult to achieve, since problems must be dealt with sensitively and with a correct understanding of the subject. All the praise for the directors of his next two films, Shree Narayan Singh and Aditya Dhar, Yami says: "Shree is lethal! The way he understands the problems faced by people in rural areas and the way he is able to take that understanding and weaving it into a story that entertains and educates audiences is an absolute wonder. "And Aditya is a director who has clarity of vision and has a new approach to stories and has drawn me more in the script."  When asked what kind of socially relevant stories you think should be explored in Bollywood, Yami responds "Any social problem faced by the country can be turned into a film to educate the masses about the events of the country. I believe that, as artists, it is our task to represent society for what it is, and if cinema is the way to attract people's attention to topics of maximum relevance, so be it! Cinema can be both inspirational and aspirational, depending on what the viewer wants to interpret outside of it. "
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First release: August 16, 2018 3:56 pm IST