Akshay Kumar
Pictured: Akshay KumarVarinder Chawla

One of Akshay Kumar's bodyguard died in a train accident on Monday. The security guard, who has been identified as Manoj Sharma, was run over by a train when he tried to disembark at platform no. 2 at Mathura junction.

Sharma, who was a resident of Agra, had boarded Karnataka Express from the northern city in Uttar Pradesh to return to Mathura for the shooting of Kumar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Kumar and other cast and crew of the film, including Bhumi Pednekar, are currently stationed in Mathura for the film Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Sharma was in-charge of Kumar's security in Mathura.

"At around 8 pm, when Karnataka Express was passing by platform number two, Manoj attempted to alight from the train which was still moving. He lost his balance and came under its wheels and died on the spot," Mukesh Kumar, station officer of GRP Mathura junction, told the Times of India.

"The body has been handed over to the victim's family, who are taking him back to Agra," he added.

A social satire, Toilet Ek Prem Katha has been in controversy for quite some time now. In November, a religious leader announced Rs 1 crore reward to anyone who chopped director Narain Singh's tongue.

Religious leader Phooldol Behari Dass Maharaj said that the film hurts religious sentiments, as it shows a marriage between a man from Nandgaon and woman from Barsana village. Traditionally, no marriages take place between the men and women of Nandgaon and Barsana villages because of the 'pious love' of Lord Krishna and Radha.

However, the director, in a press conference, told media that the film doesn't hurt religious sentiments. "We are shooting scenes in Nandgaon and Barsana but every doubt would be cleared with the release of the 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," Singh told reporters in Mathura.

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