I wanted to watch ‘Toilet : Ek Prem Katha’ the time the trailer rolled out. Going by the name of the movie it seemed very unusual yet a critical one. Two phenomenal actors Akshay Kumar & Bhumi Pendnekar and a
subject that is highly neglected was now being addressed through this movie.
The movie revolves around two characters, Jaya & Keshav who are from nearby villages where more than 80% of households are without any access to lavatories. Trouble begins in the lives of these two people when the girl Jaya (played by Bhumi Pendnekar ) walks out from Kehsav’s house (played by Akshay Kumar) on the first day after their wedding discovering there is no toilet in the home. It becomes a story of Keshav fighting his village’s superstitions and the government’s corruption to ensure proper sanitation for all. The movie has a strong social message for the countrymen forming an integral part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat Abhiyan.
Most Indians, be it rural or urban dwellers, still don’t have access to proper sanitation facilities. Be it lack of awareness or as shown in the movie hesitant to change/superstitious belief/mindset people have attached to it. Lack of access to water along with maintenance of toilets is also a concern. A lot of actions have to be taken with an increased focus on sanitation and hygiene. A lot can be done on an individual level to ensure each one has access to proper sanitation facilities along with the basic requirements of food, clothing and shelter.
A lot needs to be done in the area of hygiene and sanitation, right from creating awareness about women’s health, ensuring clean water supply, educating the masses on hygiene and sanitation, building toilet units in the rural areas and raising awareness about government subsidiaries for constructing toilet units.
Consistent and united efforts in sanitation and hygiene are important contributors as the need in the community, particularly in India, is very high. Being a women I know how affected we are with the lack
of proper and adequate sanitation facilities.
I surely agree with veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is also seen in the movie. He feels that Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is not a film. It is a movement.
- Written by the newest member on our Team, Nilofur Mulla, who joins us after a few year’s experience in Sustainability and Development, and brings a strong consulting and research skill set.
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