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Am not just doing social films, don't put that tag, says Akshay Kumar

The actor says that main motto of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was spreading awareness.

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Akshay Kumar is on a roll since the last few years. The actor has been consistently churning out box office successes, like Airlift (2016), Rustom (2016) and Jolly LLB 2 (2017). His latest hit is debutant director Shree Narayan Singh’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. The film is on its way to reach the milestone of Rs100 crore. 

A common point among most of his hits in recent years has been the fact that they deal with either social or patriotic issues. Even his upcoming film Padman is based on the issue of menstrual hygiene. However, Kumar has firmly stated that he doesn’t want the tag of an actor specializing in films based on social issues. 

During a Skype conversation with the media for the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, he said, “If I like a film, I’ll do it. I have done a villain's role in Robot 2.0. Then I am doing a sports film Gold, which is completely different. I am not just doing social films. Please don’t put that tag on me.” 

Although Toilet has earned a good amount of money, Kumar asserts that wasn’t their main motto. “My idea is to grab more eyeballs and not money. That was the whole idea behind the film,” he said. 

Kumar feels the film has achieved its goal. “At a lot of places, the government is screening it. In Haryana, the chief minister is trying to show the film to the head of villages. Even in some villages in UP, it is being shown. I just got to know even Doordarshan wants to show the film soon because they have a big reach,” he added.