Beloved hero, 'Khiladiyon ka Khiladi', Akshay Kumar extended his support for the Festival of Education, organised by the Government of Rajasthan, and GEMS Education. Kumar participated in a panel session in the Earth Zone where he conversed with Amreesh Chandra, Group President, GEMS Education, and addressed several questions related to his decision to make the world's first feature film on open-defecation, 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'.
“I wanted to highlight how a toilet is crucial to India's health and sanitation, our state of living, even in the 21st century. More importantly, I wanted to highlight how this film and the issues we are spotlighting affects the majority of women in this country, the country that we call our Motherland, yet our mothers, wives and sisters quietly and shamefully have to live without toilets and in conditions that would be inexcusable especially in this day and age.”
He added, “Open defecation is a problem that affects all of India. It is not only an issue for villages but equally a problem for the cities. Cities are at greater risk as we live in a confined area. Open defecation near the sea, or in between railway tracks, means germs and disease are able to spread quickly in the cities as we are so close to each other in the concrete jungle.”
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje praised the actor, saying, “For the first time, somebody (in cinema) has bothered about issues close to women’s hearts. It is so very essential to living, and it is a subject that not many people would have touched. But Akshay has taken it, and he has taken it head on, so I need to congratulate him for this amazing job.”