We had recently heard of how the makers of ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ were accused of promoting stalking through their song ‘Hans Mat Pagli’. The video song shows Akshay Kumar following Bhumi Pednekar in the movie and also taking her pictures. Later it shows that even she falls in love with him and they get married, which raises accusations that they are rewarding stalking with the idea that it wins the girl’s consent. Even after the makers and Akshay trying to explain that they aren’t promoting stalking, the allegations still stand.
In an interview, Akshay went on to defend the fact that he isn’t stalking anyone in the movie and he even compares his actions with that of a press photographer. He said, “Well, in the film, she’s (Bhumi) aware of what’s happening. He’s not a stalker. Par mere ko ek baat bata. Newspaper photographer jab khada hota hai, does he takes permission before taking a picture? Then you also treat it like baap ka maal and publish those photographs. Do you ask ‘Beta permission liya?’ Woh bhi toh stalking hi kar raha hai.”
He also went on to say that even his wife Twinkle Khanna supported the idea that the movie propagates stalking. He said, “When the trailer came out, even she (Twinkle Khanna) said it was stalking.”
Twinkle who was also present at the interview, said, “I think (back in the day), we were also not evolved, or aware of the consequences or happenings in the world. I think movies have evolved, along with us. So have people who work in the movies.”