The decision to write this piece may seem orchestrated because of the recent Bill Gates news (if you don’t know, Bill gates appreciated the movie on Twitter). However, it’s not. I was meaning to write this piece since last week when I got the chance to see it on TV. “Toilet Ek Prem Katha”, directed by Shree Narayan Singh, is an Akshay Kumar/Bhumi Pednekar drama film. It is a satirical comedy that talks about improving sanitation conditions in India, focusing on the eradication of open defecation, especially in rural parts of the country. The movie is inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Campaign. But, that is not it. The film does more. It shows how illogical superstitious beliefs stop us from walking on the path of progress. It discusses how we, being a male-dominant society, need to come out of our cocoons and understand the real problems of the society.
For me, Bhumi Pednekar is the hero of the film. Bhumi has proven that she is not here to be just a pretty face, canoodling the ‘hero’. She is here to promote relevant content and do roles that matter. Her debut movie, “Dum Laga k Haisha” that spoke about body shaming in this country, was in itself a bold choice – a statement that announced her arrival. She has left no stone unturned to make “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” as convincing and impactful as possible. Bhumi’s character Jaya is strong and non-hesitant when it comes to the duniya kya sochegi (what will people think?) syndrome of the Indian society. What adds to the charm of this character is the flawless writing by Sidhharth and Garima, so hats off to them.
I watched the film and believe that there are some lessons, which every Indian must learn from this movie, like:
So, basically, this movie not only talks about cleaning the surroundings but also about cleansing our mindsets. It promotes sanitation in the country and in the minds of the people. I am grateful to Akshay Kumar for producing a good story and bringing it among audiences. I salute Bhumi for choosing better roles than just being another diva (‘item queen’).
Bhumi, you are more than that and you have proven it. May you keep bringing us stories that matter. Thank you, team “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” for making 2017 relevant and rich.