Sunday November 19, 2017

“Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” : Actor Akshay Kumar stresses on importance of having Toilets in Homes

The actor also urged all the people who watched the video, but don't have a toilet in home to get them built

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Akshay Kumar, Wikimediia

Mumbai, March 24, 2017: Actor Akshay Kumar says the research work for his upcoming project “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” has opened his eyes towards the plight of women who have to go to open fields to relieve themselves.

Stressing on the importance of personal hygiene and health, the actor says keeping the house clean and health of one’s family on priority is first step towards attaining the dream of “Swachh Bharat”.

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The actor took to Twitter on Friday to share an over six-minute-long video titled “Soch Aur Shauch”. And says he was shocked by the findings of the research.

He said: “Friends, ‘Swachh Bharat’ is only possible only when ‘ghar’ is swachh and ladies of our family are healthy.”

He said: “I initially wondered if I should talk about this, as I knew many would point out that I am doing this video only for the publicity of my upcoming film. And, you are right. I am doing this film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’, and I do want as much publicity as possible for this particular topic.”

The actor added: “Why should I care about what others think? I feel that thoughts and faeces are both similar. There is no way that you could stop either. It is nature’s call, that you have to answer.”

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He understands the topic might disgust many people, but urged them to watch the video, and brought into light some facts like “Imagine in a super power country like India, more than half of the population especially women can’t go to toilet when they feel the urge because they don’t have toilet in their home”.

“They have to go to open fields because they are family’s respect. They have to go before sunrise, and in case they miss that time they have to wait for the sun to go down to relieve themselves,” said Akshay, adding that men do not have to go through the same struggle to attend to nature’s call.

The father of two also asserted that it leads to several diseases, which then get transferred to children and they die because of them.

He asks: “Is this is our culture?”

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“When you can have kitchen and bedroom under one roof, then why not a toilet? All of this is the result of the direction we think in. Fifty four per cent of the people in our country do not have toilets in their homes and India tops the list globally for unhygienic sanitation practices. The government has built public toilets but these buildings are being used as animal sheds and what not,” said the “Rustom” star.

Akshay feels it is wrong to put everything on the government, and just keep waiting.

“We go to temples, churches, mosques or any holy place and donate money, why can’t we use the same donation to build toilets for poor people?” he asked.

The actor also urged all the people who watched the video, but don’t have a toilet in home to get them built. (IANS)

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Akshay Kumar got Replaced from the Sequel of Singh Is King.Who Replaced Him?

The famous Bollywood actor replaced Akshay Kumar in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.

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Akshay Kumar got replaced in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.ians
  • After Welcome Back and sequel of Namastey London, Akshay is giving away most of his movie franchises to other actors.
  • Akshay Kumar seems to be more interested in serious cinema.

Producer Shailendra Singh gave a hint of signing Ranveer Singh in the lead role of in the sequel of Singh is Kinng called  ‘Sher Singh’

The 50-year-old actor has given a number of blockbuster romantic comedies like Welcome, Singh Is Kinng and Namstey London but unfortunately will not be seen in their sequels. He earlier got replaced with John Abraham in Welcome back then Arjun Kapoor replaced him in the sequel of Namastey London and now Ranveer Singh may replace him in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.

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Producer Shailendra Singh said in a statement that he has been waiting for 5 years to get back the title Singh Is Kinng but Vipul Shah refused to it. Due to this, he picked up another title ‘Sher Singh’ for the sequel. Also, he decided to pick another name, because, the name Singh Is Bling had also been explored. So, a similar sounding title would create confusion.

He didn’t clearly mentioned the name of Ranveer Singh to play the lead in the movie but gave a hint stating that the young actor Ranveer Singh could possibly be seen in the never-seen-before avatar while sporting a turban in his next.

-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Small Town Stories Making big in Bollywood: Bollywood New Trend

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First poster of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Wikipedia
  • Quick recap of Bollywood small town stories in previous years
  • Why these Bollywood small town stories doing good box office collection
  • Challenges faced during shooting these Bollywood small town movies

Capturing the exotic beauty of Indian small towns, Bollywood has come home with more of real life content than dramatic storylines. From shooting in Kashmir (Haider) to Bihar (Gangs of wasseypur) directors are exploring different small towns and villages to bring out  the fresh content on screen.

These small towns not only adds to the  locations but also give a unique storyline to the Bollywood film-makers.

Small town bollywood stories like Toilet ( Mathura), Bariely Ki Barfi ( Bareily) ,Badrinath ki Dulhania ( Kota) , Gangs of wasseypur (Bihar)  ,Ranjhana and Masaan ( Varnasi) and many more made a special place in the hearts of the audiences due its unique content.

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Poster of movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania

“These bollywood small town stories are rich in content. They are as close to the reality as possible. People are easily connected to these stories. These stories are the future of Bollywood” says Mukesh Chbbra, Casting Director.

As these movies portray the life of an ordinary man living in small town, It increases the number of viewers in the middle-class section of the audiences.

“It has to do with bollywood targeting its audiences in small town cities as well youth who come from the small towns to the cities. Inspite of living in corporate English culture, they want to see a movies they can relate to” says Murtaza Ali Khan, Film Critic.

 Bollywood is no longer about theatrical dialogue delivery, it is shifting towards dialect driven realism in the movies. From Bundelkhandi in Paan Singh Tomar to Haryanvi in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Indian cinema is using different dialects from all over the country.

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Poster of movie Tanu Weds Manu

“When we shoot in particular region it is very important to use the dialect of that place but at the same time the dialogues should be universally understood.

The balance is maintained to keep in mind that audience does not get over-bored and enjoy the movie” says Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director ( Bariely ki barfi and Nil Battey Sannata).

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Poster of movie Nil Battey Sannata

Actors in Bollywood are no longer striving for heroic role but want to do real life characters which is connected to the audience closely.

Directors have become very particular about choosing the actors suitable for role.

“To give realistic touch to the character we find local artists  from small towns to train the cast for bringing out the character on screen, also budget of these small town bollywood stories have to kept in mind while casting.“ Says Mukesh Chabbra , Casting director.

Shooting in the regional beauty comes with lot of challenges.

Taking permissions, cooperation of locals and handling the fan following while shooting  “ A lot problems are faced during the shooting but the stories found in these small towns cannot be shot in big cities, that magic is can only be created in the small regional places.

People are unaware of shooting formats and It becomes difficult to handle the crowd during shoots” Says Sandeep Singh, co-Producer (Bhoomi).

When it comes to the character portrayal in the story, it is very important that it does not hurt the sentiments of the people from that place.

It should look real and viewers who belong to that particular region should feel proud.” Ashwiny says.

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Poster of movie Bareily Ki Barfi

These bollywood small town stories are not only winning the hearts of the audience but are also good box office collection. “ Movie like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with shooting budget of around 3 crores have done box office collection of 5 crores in first two days of the release.

So we can see these small town  low budget films are not only able to recover their cost but are also able to make reasonable profit out of it.” Adds Murtaza.

“Line producers play a major role when shooting small towns as they know the locals and help in taking the permissions.

For many movies we have to take the permission for renting the house during shoot which is arranged by line producers only.” Ashwiny adds.

Prepared By Pragya Mittal | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Achieving Goal of “Swachh Bharat” Will Be True Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Ram Nath Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind

New Delhi, Oct 1, 2017: Urging cleanliness be made a national movement, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that achieving the goal of “Swachh Bharat” will be true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Kovind, who is currently in Maharashtra on an official tour, will visit Gujarat, the home state of Gandhi on his birth anniversary to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, the President said that Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion to rededicate to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi, who believed that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’.

“Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of sanitation personnel and government departments. Today, India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene through the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign.

“Let us also commit ourselves to ensuring public hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be a true expression of tribute and regard to Gandhiji on his birth anniversary,” he said.

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Describing Gandhi as a man of simple living and a moral preceptor, Kovind said that he gave a new direction to the country through his leadership.

“His philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence is of increasing relevance in the present times. Through the symbols of Charkha, the spinning wheel and khadi, he stressed the message of self-reliance and dignity of labour,” he said.

Kovind will commence his Gujarat engagements with paying his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his birth place, Kirti Mandir at Porbandar.

Later, he will attend a function organised by the state government to declare Open Defacation Free status for rural Gujarat at Kirti Mandir.

The President will also inaugurate various projects including upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar fishing Harbour, upgradation of Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centre, laying the stone for development of Mangrol Phase-III fishing Harbour, announcement for development of Veraval Phase-II.

He will also foundation stone of Porbandar Phase-II, Navabandar, Mandhavad and Sutrapada Fishing Harbours and inauguration of Mangrol Rural Water Supply Augmentation Scheme of 45 villages at Mangrol, an official statement said. (IANS)