Akshay Kumar also spoke about how he enjoys doing films that give a message to the audience in an entertaining way. His next PadMan with Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor is slated to release on January 26, 2018.
Philanthropist and business mogul Bill Gates recently listed down six stories and articles from around the world that inspired him in an otherwise “tough year”. akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha made it to Bill Gate’s list for its message of spreading awareness about the problem of sanitation in India.
In his tweet, Bill Gates said, “3/ “Toilet: A Love Story,” a Bollywood romance about a newlywed couple, educated audiences about India’s sanitation challenge.”
On Wednesday, at the launch of PadMan song “Aaj Se Teri” in Mumbai, Akshay Kumar reacted to Bill Gate’s tweet.
3/ “Toilet: A Love Story,” a Bollywood romance about a newlywed couple, educated audiences about India’s sanitation challenge. https://t.co/TIRRmcamLy
— Bill Gates (@BillGates) December 19, 2017
Akshay said, “Yesterday I was on stage, and when I checked my phone I saw Bill Gates’ name. I was surprised. It’s amazing that people sitting there are watching the film. It is just that we need to improve our country further. Around one and a half years back, we had 54% of Indians openly defecating, and that was a problem. Now it has come down to 34%. So things are moving. 82% Indian women don’t use sanitary pads. With PadMan I hope, with the help of everyone including the media and government, this number comes down.”
Akshay Kumar also spoke about how he enjoys doing films that give a message to the audience in an entertaining way. He said, “Well I am enjoying this, and at the same time I am enjoying commercial cinema also. I have done a Housefull also. I love doing all kind of movies. And yes, this kind of cinema attracts me. It gives me satisfaction as an actor and as a human being.”
Akshay then also said that he wants the film to penetrate into the villages of India, just how his last film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha did. The actor added that he is not doing these films to make money.
The PadMan actor said, “We showed Toilet: Ek Prem Katha on Doordarshan. The government also showed people this movie in every village of India. Similarly, we’ll take this film forward too. My motto is not to make loads of money through the film. We want that the film is impactful where needed most. And I have taken it up as a personal responsibility, and will take it further with the help of Indian government.”