August 28, 2017 10:14 IST

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra thanks, residents of Khandooba in a unique way!

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is one of the few filmmakers of the country who has been silently working towards a noble cause of providing proper sanitation and building toilets for needy through years without expecting any backing and support from anyone. Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has shot his next film titled 'Mere Pyaare Prime Minister' in the Khandooba slums of Ghatkopar area of Mumbai, has thanked the residents of the area in a unique way for all the warmth and affection they have extended to the cast and crew during the shoot.
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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had recently taken an NOC from the BMC to build 20 toilets in the same slum which would have five separate toilets for men and women and teachers in two municipal schools in the Khandooba area. The ace filmmaker has constructed public toilets in the vicinity as the residents were facing various issues pertaining to sanitation. The public toilet was recently inaugurated by the locals of the slum, Rakeysh Mehra shares,"It's the least one could do for the residents of Khandooba, for all the warmth and love they extended during the shoot of Mere Pyare Prime Minister"
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Mere Pyare Prime Minister revolves around the friendship of four children living in the slums.One of the kids wants to build a toilet for his single mother and makes an appeal to the Prime Minister. Earlier Rakeysh Mehra was quoted saying,"We don’t just build toilets and walk away but we also make sure the locals maintain them. We’ve been having meetings with slum-dwellers and corporators of the area, urging them to put one rupee in the donation box so that the community workers can be given their dues. The new toilets are as good as the ones in private buildings, with proper pipelines and extensions with taps where they can get clean, drinking water."
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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had also been interacting with the people of the same slum a grassroot level to increase awareness about using a proper toilet and maintaining proper sanitation and avoiding open defecation.
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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's NGO, Yuva Unstoppable has already built more than 800 toilets across nation till now and still more toilets are being built in order to provide proper sanitation to the needy.