Vidya Balan, who received the Best Actress National Film Award for her role in 2011 Bollywood hit ‘The Dirty Picture’, will now play a role to alter the real dirty picture in India. Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has named the Bollywood actress as the brand ambassador in his campaign for improving sanitation .
According to India’s 2011 census, nearly half of population have no toilet at home, but more people own a mobile phone . There are 2.1 million toilets in India which rely on manual scavengers to empty them .
The Minister hopes that Balan can help turn his campaign to end open defecation into a national obsession:
“it is going to be a very serious commitment on her part – she’s had a dirty picture in reel life, but this will be a clean picture in real life”.