Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has been in news ever since it has been announced. The film was based on Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Akshay’s film talks about sanitation and the need to have a toilet in every household to reduce health issues among women and children who are extremely prone to the unhealthy environment due to open defecation.
As the film is based on this subject, the government has decided to run the film tax-free in all BJP-run states.
According to a source in a leading daily, “The Government has decided to implement an entertainment tax exemption in all BJP-run states. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is not merely a film, but also a tool for social reform. And, this film deserves to be seen by all. Therefore, it deserves to be made tax free.”
The message about defecating in the open and how damaging it can be to a woman’s self-esteem was driven home again by the ghastly incident that happened in Rajasthan. On June 16, Rajasthan’s Zaffar Hussein, a CPI (ML) member and activist, was allegedly beaten to death by civic officials after he objected to them taking photographs of women defecating in the open.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha deals with the story of a married couple Keshav (Akshay) and Jaya (Bhumi), who go against all odds to spread awareness about sanitation in their village. They take up a battle against open defecation by building toilets.
The film stars Akshay Kumar in the lead role, with Bhumi Pednekar alongside. Sana Khan is also featuring as Akshay Kumar’s girlfriend in the film. Anupam Kher is also present in a prominent role.
Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film is scheduled to release on August 11 this year.