Toilet -Ek Prem Katha is a well-made satirical comedy with a social message. A quirky title, you say! You bet, but it works!
Sadly, this is a reality in most parts of rural India, where women defecate on the outside in rural areas, in the wee hours of the morning. Apart from issues of sanitation and hygiene, the issue poses a major risk to the safety of women.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi floated Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a governmental campaign to make better sanitary conditions in the country, especially with focus on eradication of open defecation in rural areas. The movie takes the message forward with a steady dose of entertainment and emotionally charged moments.
Plot of Toilet Ek Prem Katha
Keshav (played by Akshay Kumar), the son of a superstitious village priest marries Jaya (played by Bhumi Pednekar) and brings her home. The next morning, Jaya is shocked to find that for defecation, she has to walk all the way in the wee hours of the morning to the fields. Not the one to take things lying down, she remains adamant that she wants a toilet constructed inside the house. Keshav’s father is clear that there won’t be any toilet inside the house
Keshav who had not anticipated that he would face this problem in his marital life, tries to make temporary adjustments, without actually building a toilet. Meanwhile, Jaya gets frustrated and goes back to her parents’ house with an in-built toilet
Keshav begins to understand his wife’s plight and realizes that this is a problems of thousands of rural women in India. Meanwhile Jaya files a divorce in the local court, against her husband citing unavailability of toilet in the her husband’s house. The case attracts media attention. How Keshav and Jaya use the power of their love and sacrifice to build toilets in the village, forms the rest of the story.
The movie seeks inspiration from real life cases of a certain Priyanka Bharti and Anita Narre, who ran away from their respective husband’s homes due to non-availabilty of toilets.
Great acting, good script and powerful dialogues. Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Sudhir Pandey, Anupam Kher and Divyendu Sharma do perfect justice to their roles.
The scene where Bhumi Pednekar gives a fitting reply to the village ladies why a toilet is a must in every home.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha- Rating
To sum up, Toilet -Ek Prem Katha is a good watch. I give it a 4 out of 5
Box Office Collection
Toilet Ek Prem Katha (released August 11, 2017) was made with a budget of Rs.18 crore but it went on to make Rs.200 crore by the end of August 2017.