HOL­LY­WOOD BOL­LY­WOOD TELE­VI­SION IT’S TABOO TO TALK ABOUT TOI­LETS: AKKI

Ak­shay says that open defe­ca­tion is a se­ri­ous prob­lem; peo­ple die reg­u­larly be­cause of this

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Ac­tor Ak­shay Kumar, (right) is all set for the re­lease of his movie, Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha, which stresses on the im­por­tance of build­ing toi­lets and end­ing open defe­ca­tion. He hopes that the film changes peo­ple’s mind­set about this sub­ject in Indian so­ci­ety.

“Talks about toi­lets are still taboo in In­dia,” he says. “I re­mem­ber when I had to say a di­a­logue in the film which is, ‘Ab biwi ghar aaye na aye, sun­daas to laakar hi chho­dunga is gaon mein’, peo­ple were won­der­ing if I should say it or not. But as an in­di­vid­ual, I think it is nec­es­sary. I mean who does not go to the toi­let?”he adds.

How­ever, he says that things are slowly chang­ing. “Our youth is very-strong minded. They un­der­stand the ne­ces­sity of us­ing the toi­let. Peo­ple are now talk­ing about it, which is great. It means that there is a grow­ing aware­ness. It is also about the mind­set. In some places where I have vis­ited, I heard peo­ple say­ing, ‘We don’t do it (defe­cate) in the same house where we cook food,” he says. “But how can they openly defe­cate on the field, from where the food comes?” he adds.

This isn’t the first time that Ak­shay has cho­sen a film which projects re­al­ism, and is based on the theme of so­cial is­sues. He has also done films such as Air­lift (2016), and Jolly LLB 2, this year. Asked if that is a new strat­egy, the Na­tional Award-win­ning ac­tor says, “If you are talk­ing about issue-based sto­ries like Toi­let, I think be­ing a suc­cess­ful ac­tor by the grace of God, if my as­so­ci­a­tion gives the film a bet­ter mileage and if the story in­trigued me, I do it.” He also adds that he looked up re­search statis­tics and found that one child dies every minute due to open defe­ca­tion. The in­ten­sity of the issue wor­ries him.

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