Akshay Kumar is all set for his upcoming release Toilet Ek Prem Katha. The film is based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a governmental campaign to improve the sanitation conditions in India, with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation in public areas, especially in the rural areas of India.
In a recent interview with Deccan Chronicles, the actor talked about the film. He said, "I liked the subject of this film. In the meantime, I got to know that this script is flowing in the industry for the longest time. I feel it is a risky subject for any actor. I find it very intriguing. I liked the fact that it was a real story where a woman filed a divorce since there was no toilet at her husband’s home."
"I am sure that there will be change since till date 54% of Indians have no toilets. Even if it becomes 5% less in our country after watching my film, I will be successful enough. I am not bothered about the collections of the film. I would also love if my producers make the tickets prices less than what it is usually."
"I have seen people openly started talking about toilet, Sandaas or Shauch. I heard people saying the dialogues from the trailer. It was a very taboo thing for people to say but I felt it is a must to say and talk about it. Who doesn’t go to toilet then why people feel are ashamed off. Believe me things are changing. The youth is very strong and come up with great ideas. It is about the mindsets which have been the same since long so it will take time to change it. Once I caught a man defecating on the beach and asked him why he is doing it in open? He replied to me that he likes to do it in open. This may sound funny to us but imagine he must have effected many mindsets and spread diseases. I must tell you that for a city like Mumbai, it is a much bigger problem."
"I want to bring a change with the help of media and government. I request the entire media fraternity to not about the film rather talk about the sanitation issue in our country. What a woman has to go through? I have come across many women who requested me to build a toilet in their houses. I need to clear that my film 'Toliet- Ek Prem Katha' is not a documentary but a two and half hours comedy but I am taking an advantage of being an actor to take this issue to the audience. Government is doing whatever they can do but people build their house in place of toilets, they give them on rents and so on. This is sad."