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Bhumi Pednekar: Doing 'Toilet- Ek Prem Katha' made me aware about societal issues

Bhumi Pednekar, Who Will Be Next Seen In 'Toilet- Ek Prem Katha' Says Doing The Film Made Her Realise About The Several Issues That Exist In The Society.

PTI | Updated on: 30 Jul 2017, 05:11:19 PM
Bhumi Pednekar: Doing 'Toilet- Ek Prem Katha' made me realise about the societal issues


Bhumi Pednekar, who will be next seen in 'Toilet- Ek Prem Katha', says doing the film made her realise about the several issues that exist in the society. 

The actress who debuted with 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' says the film made her aware that 54 per cent of the population still doesn't have any access to toilets.

In an interview to PTI, Bhumi says, "A very big reason why I did this film is because it opened my eyes to a lot of things. 'Toilet' is a happy story, after the film you willhave a sense of change in you. It's not preachy, not a documentary, it's a very entertaining film."

The actress, who stars alongside Akshay Kumar in the film, says the movie addresses a larger issue of people's mindset in the country.

'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' is a comment on the mindset that people have. In rural India, people think if they have a kitchen or a temple in their house, they can't have abathroom. That's such a hypocrisy.

"You are okay with women exposing themselves to the entire world but won't have a bathroom in your house because there is a temple and a kitchen," says the actress.

Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" sees Akshay in the lead role of a man whose wife leaves him after discovering that there is no toilet in his house.

He then sets out on a mission to win her back by building a toilet.

The 28-year-old actress feels feminism can help bring awareness about these issues at grassroot levels and says although women have been suppressed for generations, thingsare slowly changing.

"Feminism is not an urban concept. Unfortunately, in India we have seen suppression of women but things are changing.

"Our film is inspired by a series of real-life events where women have said no to marriage because there was no toilet in the house. Slowly and steadily, women are gettingthe courage to stand up for their rights."

Bhumi says the film will bring about a change in people."I have so much faith in the film - yes you are going to be entertained but there will be a change too, you'll stand up for your rights," says the actress.

The film is scheduled to release on August 11. 

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First Published : 30 Jul 2017, 05:08:16 PM