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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Director Overwhelmed By Bill Gates’ Praise

Shree Narayan Singh,  the  director of the 2017 hit Toilet Ek PremKatha can’t stop marvelling at the  impact  his film has made. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and now  Bill Gates, the film has been noticed by the highest and the mightiest.

 Shree Narayan Singh who began his career with a small insignificant  totally-forgotten  film Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai in 2012  was  virtually reborn  in  2017.

“It was Neeraj Pandey who pulled me out of oblivion. Of course I was  proud to be associated with Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai. It launched the acting career  of  the grandson of one  of  my favourite filmmakersShakti Samanta.  But the  film flopped  and I would’ve vanished if  it  was  not  for  Neerajji. He invited me to assist him in all his films including his productions that he didn’t direct,” says Shree Narayanwho is the second of 6 children born in a family in Uttar Pradesh.

 When the producers decided  to launch  Shree Narayan as an independent director he got a choice of  three scripts.  “But it was this one, the one that became Toilet: Ek Prem Katha written  by Siddharthand Garima that I immediately warmed up to.The story of  a bride who leaves her husband when she  got to know there’s  no toilet in  her sasural,resonated  in my mind.  Once Akshay Sir came on  board everything fell into place.”

Prior to Akshay many  of the A-list actors including Shah Rukh Khan had turned  up their nose at a film about toilet habits.

Shree Nayaran describes Akshay as a  blessing. “His dedication to making Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is indescribable. He would be the first one on the sets even if we shot till 1 am  on the previous night.Normally he doesn’t shoot for more than 8 hours per day. But I only had to  ask and he would be there for me , all ready and raring to go as lomg as I wanted him.He treated me like a child who needs nurturing. I don’t know if I could’ve made this  film without AkshaySir.His passion and dedcation are very inspiring.”

And now Bill Gates has tweeted  in  support of Toilet Ek Prem Katha.

 Says Shree Narayan, “I am falling short of words. It’s difficult for me to say this in mere words to express my gratitude towards Mr. Gates for appreciating a simple  film like TEPK. But it definitely gives me a big high hearing appreciation from someone  like Bill Gates

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Shree Narayan’s new film Batti Gul Meter Chalu about power theft featuring Shahid Kapoor in  the lead ,  to be shot in  Hardwar , promises to be as hard hitting as Toilet Ek Prem Katha.

“Whatever I make  would have to connect with the day-to-day problems of  the workingclassBaqi , sab Ishwar ke haath mein hai,”Shree Narayan looks up in the sky .

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