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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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Akshay Kumar Feels Proud That Awareness on Menstruation has Evolved into Movement

Proud that awareness on menstruation has evolved into movement: Akshay Kumar

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Actor Akshay Kumar, Wikimedia

Actor Akshay Kumar, who started an open conversation on menstrual hygiene with his film “PadMan”, says he is proud to see how talks have transformed into a grassroot-level movement.

The actor invited all ‘Pad Heroes’ across India to join him and the Niine Movement for a nationwide running event Run4Niine on March 8, which is observed as International Women’s Day.

“It has already been more than a year since the release of ‘PadMan’, and I am proud to see how it has evolved into a phenomenal grassroot-level movement,” Akshay said in a statement.

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Akshay Kumar. (Wikimedia Commons)

He is proud to partner with the Niine Movement again to encourage an open and unashamed discussion on menstruation with fellow citizens, pad heroes, change makers and path breakers.

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“Each one of us that takes part in it helps to create an unstoppable force that will beat the stigma around periods,” added the actor.

The initiative has been taken with the aim to set a record as India’s largest nationwide run for menstrual hygiene awareness. (IANS)