Keshav (Akshay Kumar) hails from Uttar Pradesh. His Nan fights Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) of the neighboring village. There is talk of love-love-love. Singing is done. There is also a period of wooing. Then they get married. After marriage, Keshav feels free from his new wife Jaya that there is no toilet in his house. Jaya is today’s girl. She makes a voice. Seeing open defecation linked with dignity and apply for divorce.
Having a toilet at home can be a common thing for us. But a deep and embarrassing truth is that 58 percent of Indians still go to the open defecation. Apart from cleanliness, all this is when the so-called culture drummers cannot even construct a toilet for their daughters-in-law. Director Shri Narayan Singh has shown the mirror to this form of society through his cinematic canvas.
Through the film, Singh has tried to show how much superstition and confusion has spread in the rural world due to the idea of toilets. How the local administration is lazy towards this and how the rot coming out of the gutter of corruption has poisoned the country’s air. Not only this, how do we force daughter-in-law to veil under the name of sanskars and defecate those same daughters-in-law before sunlight.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha makes sarcasm. Laughs on our old tradition so that we can feel it. On the subject like sanitation and defecation, many documentaries have been made. But ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ balances both entertainment and education. The story written by Siddharth-Garima is eye-opening. It explains and explains how important it is to have a toilet. Then even if we cannot make Taj Mahal for our love, we can make toilet.
Divyendu has done a great job in the role of younger brother. His and Akshay’s chemistry is fun. Sudhir Pandey is strongly involved in the role of Panditji. The film adaptation of UP’s rural world is fun. The village characters keep the film tied. Anupam Kher wins the heart in the role of Kaka. The film’s second half focuses on the issue. So it can look like a little lecture. Here the 10-minute film could have been made more agile.
Akshay Kumar is the backbone of this film. Once again as an actor, he enters the heart. Bhumi Pednekar’s character is the film’s USP. There are many occasions in screenplays when you can be laughable. But the balance of sentiment of the issue is also strong. Songs like ‘Hans Mat Pagli’, ‘Bakheda’ and ‘Gori Tu Lath Maar’ are good to hear and watch.
Whether you want it or not. You may or may not need it. Our reality of open defecation is something that everyone should be ashamed of. So at least to feel shy, one should watch this film, because even after 70 years of independence, if it is a problem then only embarrassment can change us.