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Bill Gates praises "Toilet Ek Prem Katha". IANS

Mumbai, Dec 23, 2017: Shree Narayan Singh, the director of “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” can’t stop marvelling at the impact his film has made. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and now Bill Gates, the film has been noticed by the high and the mighty.

Singh, who began his career with a small insignificant totally-forgotten film, “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai”, in 2012 was virtually reborn in 2017.

“It was Neeraj Pandey who pulled me out of oblivion. Of course I was proud to be associated with ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’. It launched the acting career of the grandson of one of my favourite filmmakers Shakti Samanta.

“But the film flopped and I would’ve vanished if it was not for Neerajji. He invited me to assist him in all his films including his productions that he didn’t direct,” says Singh who is the second of 6 children born in a family in Uttar Pradesh.

When the producers decided to launch Singh as an independent director he got a choice of three scripts.

“But it was this one, the one that became ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ written by Siddharth and Garima that I immediately warmed up to. The story of a bride who leaves her husband when she got to know there’s no toilet in her sasural, resonated in my mind. Once Akshay Sir came on board everything fell into place,” he said.

Prior to Akshay many of the A-list actors including Shah Rukh Khan had turned up their nose at a film about toilet habits.

Singh describes Akshay as a blessing.

“His dedication to making ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is indescribable. He would be the first one on the sets even if we shot till 1 am on the previous night.Normally he doesn’t shoot for more than 8 hours per day. But I only had to ask and he would be there for me , all ready and raring to go as lomg as I wanted him.He treated me like a child who needs nurturing. I don’t know if I could’ve made this film without Akshay Sir. His passion and dedcation are very inspiring,” he said.

And now Bill Gates has tweeted in support of ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.

He said: “I am falling short of words. It’s difficult for me to say this in mere words to express my gratitude towards Mr. Gates for appreciating a simple film like TEPK. But it definitely gives me a big high hearing appreciation from someone like Bill Gates. I mean…wow! Is Mr Gates aware of any other Hindi film?”

Shree Narayan’s new film “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” about power theft featuring Shahid Kapoor in the lead , to be shot in Hardwar , promises to be as hard hitting as “Toilet Ek Prem Katha”.

“Whatever I make would have to connect with the day-to-day problems of the workingclass. Baqi , sab Ishwar ke haath mein hai,” Singh ooks up in the sky. (IANS)

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10 Facts about Nanavati Case: A murder that India never forgot

Three-bullets that shook the nation

Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom was based on the Nanavati case. Bollywood country
Akshay Kumar starrer Rustom was based on the Nanavati case. Bollywood country

Nanavati vs State was a murder case which shook the nation. As Bombay Daily Blitz had quoted then ‘Three bullets that shook the nation’.

The background of a full story

An Indian Naval Officer, Kamas Maneckshaw Nanavati, was settled in Mumbai with his wife and two children. His work required him to be away from his home for long periods of time. Meanwhile, his wife got into an affair with his friend Prem Ahuja. Ahuja rejected Sylvia’s (Nanavati’s wife) wish to marry him.

Nanavati had shot three bullets on Ahuja. Pixabay
Nanavati had shot three bullets on Ahuja. Pixabay

When got to know, the Naval Officer was enraged (however, he did not show it). He proceeded to the Naval Docks, withdrawing his pistol. After which, he went to Ahuja’s flat and shot him.

The case had received mass media coverage. It has also inspired many books and films. Here are top 10 facts you should know about the Nanavati case.

1. Nanavati was initially declared not guilty by a jury.

Accused under section 302 (for murder), Nanavati was declared ‘not guilty’ by the jury, with an 8-1 vote. However, Bombay High Court dismissed the verdict and the case was continued by a bench.

2. Nanavati case is known to be among the last cases which were heard as jury trials.

After the Nanavati case, the Government of India abolished jury trials from the judicial system. However, for their Matrimonial Disputes, Parsis still have Jury Trials.

3. This case led to a dispute between Parsi and Sindhi communities.

Since Nanavati was Parsi, and Prem Ahuja Sindhi, this case had tensed the relations between the two communities.

Nanavati was backed by the Parsi community. Wikimedia commons
Nanavati was backed by the Parsi community. Wikimedia Commons

4. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, the then Governor of Bombay, had pardoned Nanavati.

Newly appointed Governor, Vijaylakshmi Pandit had received a mercy petition of Bhai Pratap. Bhai Pratap was a Sindhi. Vijaylakshmi Pandit had negotiated a truce between the two communities.

Saying Bhai Pratap could be pardoned, only after Nanavati was pardoned. This way both the communities got what they wanted.

5. Nanavati had left for Canada after the case.

Soon after Nanavati was pardoned by the Government, he left for Canada with his two children and wife. He was never heard of again. He is known to have died in 2003, while Sylvia is still alive.

6. Bombay Daily Blitz, a tabloid newspaper, had supported Nanavati overwhelmingly.

Throughout the trial, the newspaper which has not been published since the 90s had supported the cause of Nanavati. Its price was 25 paisa, however, the tabloid was being sold at 2 rupees per copy then.

The case was an onset of senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Wikimedia commons
The case was an onset of senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Wikimedia commons

7. The case was an onset of senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani.

A young lawyer then, Jethmalani, had assisted the prosecution at the request of Mamie Ahuja. He came into the limelight for the first time due to the case.

8. Nanavati was known to be an upright, moral and patriotic officer.

Nanavati had confessed the crime to Provost Marshal of the Western Naval Command. After which, he surrendered to the Deputy Commissioner of Police. He did not have any criminal history.

9. The case has inspired the modern-day film, Rustom.

It has also inspired other Bollywood movies, plays, and books. Some of them being Ye Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (1963), Achanak (1973) and The Death of Mr. Love (2002) which was written by Indra Sinha.

10. Rumors say Nanavati would not have killed Ahuja if he had accepted his offer to marry Sylvia.

Before shooting Ahuja, Nanavati had asked him if he would marry Sylvia and take care of the two children. Ahuja refused. Some say Nanavati had then deduced that Ahuja was using his wife and wasn’t ‘in love’ with her. Hence he shot Ahuja.