Let’s face it, the Swach Bharath Abiyan is definitely a good plan. Keeping India neat and clean is a dream that the forefathers of this nation dreamt, a dream that is slowly materialising now. But, as all good things go, advertising is needed. Who of us likes Government Ads? The all too cheesy acting with an obvious background drop does not make for a good advertisement. And seeing the same Ad where Vidya Balan appreciates a girl for her quick calculation again and again isn’t going to help. That’s where Akshay Kumar’s new movie comes in. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha comes in. This movie, takes in on a subject that the film industry has been avoiding for years. A subject that can indeed make a major impact on the minds of the people.
The film, starred by National Award recipient Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher and Bhumi Pednekar talks about the need on hygiene, and more specifically, toilets. The film talks about Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) who are from two rural villages near Mathura, who get married and come to Keshav’s home. Once there, Jaya is shocked to find that there are no toilets in Keshav’s village and leaves him for good. Keshav, trying to woo back the love of his life, sets out in a battle against age-old traditions, mind set and values to construct toilets.
Although the film at first glance seems very peculiar, the subject is something of dire need. India can truly be called as a country of inequality. There are places where skyscrapers dot the horizon, while there are other places where homes barely meet the expenses of day to day life, and thus the need for a toilet is deemed unnecessary. This in turn leads to open defecation, one of the most usual causes for various diseases. No matter how many campaigns may be launched, there won’t be any growth or development unless people feel the need and pool in and contribute their share.
And the movie depicts exactly that. In a country where people from rural villages believe that spending time and resources constructing a toilet is a complete waste of time where there are huge fields and river banks to defecate on, convincing them to do exactly the same is difficult if not possible. The film has promised to break various stereotypes and cultural walls to help bring the point home that if we have to live healthily, we have to live hygienically.
People adore films and actors. People strive to dress like their favorite actor, people like to imitate and tell dialogues the same way as their actors do, and people even go to the extent to buy the same vehicles the actors drive in the movies. This is the same weakness people have that this film is trying to take advantage of. If not for the cult status of the movie star and the glamour of the movie, the film expects people to change their minds on the topic by the storyline and overall theme of the film.
Akshay Kumar, always the one who acts in a variety of different genre, is again ready to show the people a movie in the same lines of Aamir Khan, a movie that reaches out to people and moves them.
The movie has been directed by Shree Narayan Singh, Written by Garima and Siddharth and stars a wonderful crew. Although speculations have aroused on how the film will fare while butting with Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Harry Met Sally and other movies, only this Friday will show us if the masses accept the movie the way it is expected to be welcomed.