A still from 'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' starring Akshay Kumar. Photograph: (WION)
With Akshay Kumar's upcoming movie 'Toilet' and Salman Khan's Toilet campaign, one wonders if its a trend for all the celebrities to get their hands dirty in their mission a clean India
Toilets and sanitation seem to be in vogue lately, as you see many celebrities endorsing themselves through initiatives to encourage clean sanitation methods.
Salman Khan in December joined hands with the Mumbai Municipal Corporation to curb open defecation and as part of this campaign, his team rebuilt toilets in over 3,000 households while simultaneously urging the people to use them.
Akshay kumar's latest movie also revolves around a toilet, which he has to build in his home in order to bring his wife back to live with him.
Vidya Balan has since 2012 been actively participating in hygiene and sanitation campains for Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in order to encourage people to build toilets in their homes with her popular slogan "Jahan Soch, Vaha Shochalay" (Where there is thought, there is a Toilet).
The history with toilets goes a long way back. Archimedes, the Greek mathematician and engineer, among other subjects came up with the theory of water displacement when he stepped into his bath. As the story goes, he ran naked through the streets of Syracuse to the king's palace shouting "Eureka".
Although the story is about a bath tub and not a toilet, it drives home the message: Great thoughts come when you're using a toilet. A more scientific way to approach this concept would be that a clean and healthy digestive system helps generate positive and, at times innovative, thoughts.
So it is actually understandable that the honourable Prime Minister stresses on building toilets, clean sanitation practices and proper hygiene among all the citizens, men, women and children alike, to develop the nation.