Mumbai: Akshay Kumar wrapped up the shooting of his latest movie, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, is set to release on June 2 next year. The actor has tweeted a teaser image showing he alongside actress Bhumi Pednekar dressed as a newly-wed couple. The movie has been directed by Shree Narayan Singh.
“With the wrap of @ToiletTheFilm treating you guys to a still from the film… Keshav and Jaya’s unique love story coming to you on June 2,” he captioned the picture.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 21, 2017
A few months back, in his way of announcing his upcoming film, Kumar had tweeted a picture of an Indian toilet that piqued everyone’s interest.
A very good morning from @psbhumi and me from the sets of Toilet – Ek Prem Katha! First day it is…need your best wishes ?? pic.twitter.com/ouumNwfl1A
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 6, 2016
The movie on open defecation, inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, seems to be a unique love story, where a toilet is as important a character as the protagonists Jaya and Keshav, played by Bhumi Pednekar and Kumar.
This is the first time, the “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” actress will share the screen space with Kumar. Bhumi, 27, had to put on several kilos to look the part of an overweight girl, Sandhya, in her last film.
With a movie like ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’, looks like the Bollywood fraternity is all set to spread the ‘Swachh’ message in a filmy way.
Currently more than half the population in India does not have toilets and still defecate in the open. The government’s Swachh Bharat Mission aims to make India ‘Open Defecation Free’ by constructing 12 crore toilets by October 2, 2019.
The movie has earlier faced troubles when it went on floor. The film’s story, according to residents and certain religious leaders of Mathura, insults an age-old tradition by depicting it wrongly.
A Mahapanchayat was held in Barsana village in Mathura last year demanding the makers to stop filming the film altogether.
A scene in the film apparently shows marriage between a boy and a girl from the twin villages of Nandgaon and Barsana.
According to the leader of Brajacharya Peetha Oonchagao(Barsana) “Marriages between the residents of the two villages are not solemnised since the age of Dwapar. The scene would be an attack on the tradition.”
Pradhans of 22 villages have together passed a resolution demanding a removal of the marriage scene from the film.
One religious leader from Vrindavan had even stated that he would reward Rs 1 crore to anybody who chops of the tongue of the director and brings in to him.
The locals also have a problem with the title of the film, claiming that it demeans the pious image of the twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan- where the story is based.
A local leader, Mahamandleshwar Nawal Giri Maharaj has even suggested that the film’s name to be changed to Toilet – A Swachhta Abhiyan to give a message to society.
(With PTI inputs)