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Akshay Kumar’s Toilet — Ek Prem Katha upsets ‘religious’ heads in Mathura

The makers have been accused of breaking an age-old tradition about Lord Krishna and Radha. 

Keyur Seta

‘Religious’ leaders having issues with Hindi films has become a regular trend over the last few years. Every now and then a film supposedly irks or hurts religious sentiments of some or the other. Films like pk and OMG! Oh My God are prime examples of this. 

Now, Akshay Kumar’s Toilet — Ek Prem Katha is the latest to run into controversy as the film has upset few ‘religious’ leaders in Mathura, where it is been shot.

The first being the supposed storyline. It is claimed that the film is a love story between a couple from Nandgaon and Barsana. However, there is an unwritten traditional rule that there can’t be a marriage between a couple from these two villages. This is because Lord Krishna and hislover Radha belonged to Nandgaon and Barsana respectively and they never got married. 

However, the film’s director, Shree Narayan Singh, has refuted all such allegations against the film. He said, “We are shooting scenes in Nandgaon and Barsana but every doubt would be cleared with release of movie as nowhere the name of Nandgaon has been used in it. The movie is on women’s empowerment and ‘Swachhta’ and Barsana is chosen for communicating this message through ‘lath-maar’ Holi since Mughal period.” 

The film sees Akshay paired opposite Bhumi Pednekar of Dum Laga Ke Haisha fame. The film is produced by Neeraj Pandey.