Mathura godman offers Rs 1 Cr for ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ director’s tongue

Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer film ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’, which is currently being shot in rural locales of Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district, has got into a controversy over its title and storyline.

The film, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cleanliness campaign, has enraged the saints of the region and a religious leader has announced a reward of Rs. one crore for anyone who can bring him the tongue of the film’s director Narain Singh.

It is alleged that this movie shows romance between a man and a woman hailing from Nandgaon and Barsana village, violating the marital tradition of two villages.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, a religious leader Phooldol Behari Dass Maharaj held a meeting and asked the producers to change the film’s title or else the shooting of the film in the Braj region would be stalled. The mahapanchayat held at Barsana village on Monday, was also attended by many saints from Vrindavan who travelled to Barsana to take part in the meeting.

One of the saints, Mahamandleshwar Nawal Giri Maharaj suggested a new title ‘Toilet – A Swachhta Abhiyaan’, as a substitute to send a good message to the society. Another religious leader criticised the makers for using the sacred land of Radha and Krishna for a film with such a title. They further went on to say that they would allow the film to be shot in their area only if the title is changed.

However, director Narain Singh has rubbished the allegations that the film would hurt religious sentiments. Addressing the media, 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."