‘Dirty’ Vidya as face of cleanliness?
Vidya Balan may have picked up her Best Actress National Award for The Dirty Picture, but there’s nothing that bothers her more than filth.Updated: May 04, 2012 19:09 IST
Vidya Balan may have picked up her Best Actress National Award for The Dirty Picture, but there’s nothing that bothers her more than filth.
The actor, who received her trophy from Vice President Hamid Ansari at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on Thursday, has signed the public campaign to be the face of sanitation in the country. “...It is disgusting and disturbing that sanitation is not the top priority to people. Especially for women and children across the country. And we are going to take the message across the people and it is not even going to be as expensive as owning a mobile phone,” Balan said, agreeing with the statement of Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, who recently kicked up a controversy by saying that “women demand mobile phone, not toilets”.
The actor will carry out the campaign free of cost barring her expenses for logistics etc. Shah Rukh Khan has also agreed to be part of the movement. Meanwhile, Balan has also been named the ambassador of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne due to take place in June, and will visit the Australian city to promote the event next week.
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First Published: May 03, 2012 16:49 IST