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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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Actor Akshay Kumar Lends His Support to Gender Equality

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society

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Lending his support to gender equality, actor Akshay Kumar said that strong women make stronger countries.

Akshay Kumar along with a bevy of Bollywood celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Vicky Kaushal, Rekha, Zeenat Aman, Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Alia Bhatt, gathered on Sunday night to attend the 3rd Lux Golden Rose Awards to extend their support to the United Nations’ campaign #HeForShe.

Talking on the subject, Akshay Kumar said: “When women are strong, families become strong and countries stronger. I am happy to be a part of a family which has many strong women like my mother, my wife, my sister and my mother-in-law.”

The campaign celebrates the contribution of women to society.

Talking about the role of female actors in the industry, Shah Rukh said: “These women have contributed to making me a better human.”

Gen-next stars like Taapsee Pannu, Nushrat Bharucha, Janhvi Kapoor, Ishaan Khattar, Rakulpreet Singh, Ada Sharma too were present at the event.

Janhvi, daughter of producer Boney Kapoor and late veteran actress Sridevi, bagged the Lux Golden Rose Emerging Beauty Of The Year.

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Akshay Kumar. IANS

She said the award was “encouraging”.

“My parents have always maintained that a good artiste is a reflection of a good and honest person and I hope to prove myself by doing exactly that,” she added.

Veteran actress and politician Hema Malini bagged the Lux Golden Rose Iconic Beauty Over The Decades award.

The star-studded evening became much entertaining when Kareena performed on stage on the super hit tracks of her male co-stars like Shah Rukh, Salman Khan and her actor-husband Saif Ali Khan.

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Kareena also won the award of Lux Golden Rose Confident Beauty Of The Year alongside Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhasker.

Others who were seen shaking a leg at the gala were Varun Dhawan, who paid a tribute to his co-stars like Taapsee and Alia; and Madhuri, who enthralled the audience by dancing on tracks like “Dream girl”, “Laila main laila” and “Yeh mera dil”. (IANS)