Positive of change

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Aug 2017 09:14:04


 

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actor Akshay Kumar, who took on the unveiling of 24 toilets over 24 hours on Instagram recently, says his aim is to spread a wave of positive conversation about sanitation across the country.

He believes that toilet is a taboo subject, but he wants people need to realise that it is a crucial part of everyday life.
The activity is reflective of the ethos of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which strives to address the subject of open defecation in India, in an entertaining manner.


Talking about it, Akshay said, “Toilets can be such a taboo subject, but it’s such an important part of everyday life that many of us take for granted. This campaign is a small, but hopefully impactful contribution from the team of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ towards giving the people in these cities a much needed resource, and making sanitation a part of their conversations in a positive manner.”
“We hope that through the movie, and this campaign, we can bring more awareness to such an important issue,” he added.


Akshay also says he is interested in reaching out to a greater number of people with his upcoming film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha than on garnering box office business. He says the distributor has applied for tax exemption for the film.
During a recent interaction , when asked that after Rustom and Airlift crossed the Rs 100 crore mark at the box office, whether he was looking forward to minting more moolah, Akshay said, “I am interested in more eyeballs than the box office collection.


“In fact, I wish the ticket price of this film to be low so that more people can go and watch the film. Around 54 per cent people in our country have no access to toilets. So, my concern is to make people aware of the issue. They should go and watch the film rather than (we) count on the box office collection.”


Asked about if they will make the film tax free, Akshay said, “So far there is no confirmation, but yes, the Viacom18 people (the distributors of the film) applied for tax exemption. Let’s see what happens.”
Akshay also pointed out that though his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is set in the rural milieu, it is more relevant for the urban crowd than rural people.


“The issue of open defecation is not just a rural (village) problem. It is a huge problem in big cities too and it is more dangerous in big cities rather than villages, because we live in a concrete jungle, so germs and bacteria spread faster here. Don’t think for a moment that this movie is for villages. It is for urban people too because we are in more danger than them.”


Once known as Bollywood’s action star, Akshay has of late moved into movies with social relevance. But he says he doesn’t believe in having any image.
“I don’t want to have any kind of image. I just want to keep on trying everything. When I entered the industry, people called me an action hero.


“Then, I tried other things, they called me comedian and romantic hero. Then I did villain roles, now people are saying that I am doing social films. I just don’t want to have an image.
“I just want to keep on trying different things,” said Akshay, who received a National Award for his performance in Rustom.


Akshay further said that his wife Twinkle Khanna, who is the daughter of veteran actors Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, has stopped taunting him about not getting awards after his National Award win.


In May, Akshay Kumar won the Best Actor award for his performance in 2016 movie Rustom at the 64th National Film Awards. During an education festival in Jaipur, the 49-year-old actor said, “My wife used to taunt me that all her family members have got several awards but not me. The taunting stopped when I got the National award,” reported PTI.


Akshay Kumar got married to Twinkle Khanna in 2001. They have two children, son Aarav and daughter Nitara.
Akshay Kumar’s National Award win was questioned by many people on social media and was attributed to his proximity with filmmaker Priyadarshan, the chairperson of the feature film section for the National Film Awards. Akshay has worked with director Priyadarshan in films like Bhagam Bhag, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Garam Masala.


Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar is currently awaiting the release of his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, co-starring Bhumi Pednekar. His other upcoming projects are - 2.0, Gold and Padman.