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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has larger purpose than economics, says Bhumi

The actress is proud that through the film, she has become a part of the mission to eradicate open defecation in the country.


Actress Bhumi Pednekar, whose latest film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has raked in over Rs100 crore at the domestic box office, is happy about the success, but says the film has a larger purpose than just the economics.

Pednekar, whose debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015) won a National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, is overwhelmed that her second film has done well at the box office.

"I am so overwhelmed... After the success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, I am just very grateful to God. The film had a larger purpose. It was not just about the economics and how well it does commercially," Pednekar told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

For her, the film meant something special. "For the past few weeks, there is news that a girl has left or divorced her husband because there is no toilet. The rate has already gone down from 64% to 34%. These things give me such immense pleasure because I always wished that Toilet: Ek Prem Katha becomes a revolution or movement," she added.

Bhumi, 27, said it makes her feel proud for having done a movie which could bring about a positive difference in the country.

"Few years from now, when I look back and see my country open defecation-free, I know and I can proudly say that I was a part of this process. No words can explain how grateful I am to the filmmakers, everybody associated to the film and, of course, Akshay sir," she added.

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According to reports from boxofficeinda.com. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which attempts to spread the message of eradicating open defecation in an entertaining vein, earned about Rs97.75 crore on the eighth day since its August 11 release in India.