A Flush of Sensibility
‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha‘ is the latest film to be released on social awareness. The Akshay Kumar starrer hones in on the problems of open defecation. The trailer of the film is getting really a great response from the various film critics and also from other actors of Bollywood industry. Akshay Kumar himself had tweeted that the title of the film brought a glimpse of joy and satisfaction on PM Modi’s face when he got the chance to meet him. Even The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson, The Pahlaj Nihalani praised this new venture. Although Praveen Vyas has sent a legal notice to the Viacom 18 Motion Pictures saying that dialogues and some moments in the film have been lifted from his award winning documentary film ‘Manini’, the team of TEPK has denied the allegation.
The Probable Plot
The story-line appears very lucid. Keshab, the son of an upper class ‘Pandit’ falls in love with Jaya who is very smart and intelligent. Kesab being Mangalik, was married to a buffalo (married!! Yet single :P). But his constant stalking somehow managed to win Jaya’s heart (Bollywood masala is an inevitable component). And both get married as they are suddenly magically held together in the bond of love. But post marriage, when she learns the fact of open defecation, she becomes furious. Later she becomes the driving force behind Keshab’s mission to build toilets in the village, especially for the women whose privacy is robbed without proper sanitary system. Not only the women but also the men will be benefited, as it eliminates the spread of communicable diseases.
The film brings diverse subjects like ‘mangalik marriage’, love and public sanitation. It clubs into one, pointing out various superstitions of the society. It emphasizes that through education and empowerment, progress can be achieved.
Based on true incidents, the film gives a very simple and environment friendly message without being preachy. Shree Narayan Singh and his team has tried to spread the awareness of using toilets in a very wonderful and a catchy way. Akshay Kumar has always attracted his audience with a mixture of humor, drama and romance. And this film seems to be of the same genre. We hope both Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar succeeds in rooting out the superstition from the minds of the denizens in rural India.
The Public Prosecution
The stalking scenes has drawn in quite a lot of ire from the ‘feminist movement’ of India. Stalking is bad and stalkers should be thrashed. Period. But venting out the anger on this film isn’t a wise act. Even if the film shows stalking in a humorously romantic manner, the educated mass should understand that it is A STORY. Art is meant to be liberal. If a filmmaker has to weigh in every sentiment of the masses before making a film, you get something like ‘Dilwale’. I hope you understand.
Before TEPK, Shree Narayan Singh has directed only one film ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’, which didn’t gained much popularity in the Box Office. TEPK is going on a different track. The trailer itself has engaged the audience. Akshay’s ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’ was supposed to lock horns with SRK’s ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’. However the later had preponed its release. Given how horrible it turned out to be, TEPK wouldn’t have had a reason to worry.
The audience are eagerly waiting to watch the ‘hatke’ act on the Independence Day weekend. We really hope that the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ may really bring some change in the society as the movie is targeting the niche of the less developed section.
The author is a software engineer at Infosys and spends her spare time in watching movies and reading novels. She loves to analyze the literature behind the movies.