Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar are making headlines after starring in Indian rom-com “Toilet.”
The movie has created a buzz grossing $29 million worldwide within the first 11days of release in August, as director Shree Narayan Singh tackles for the first time the topic of “open defecation,” a persistent problem in rural India.
The film discusses the affect of an absent toilet on a romantic relationship between the leads as Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) files for a divorce from Kumar’s character (Keshav), citing the absence of a toilet.
Kumar actually dug a toilet in Madhya Pradesh to create hype for the movie, highlighting the social message behind the film.
The movie is inspired by the initiative of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who created the campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014, promising to eradicate open defecation and the cleaning of streets in rural areas. PM Modi praised the efforts behind the film and its message.
*SPOILER* The movie resolves the issue of sanitation and its intersection with the traditions and the beliefs of the villagers. Kumar constructs a toilet in his front yard, and the villagers’ line up to use mobile toilets at the end of the film.