Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Toilet Ek Prem Katha has blockbuster written all over it. People are loving everything about the trailer, which has comedy and tragedy blended together in a subtle way possible but beyond just a film, the trailer puts in front a struggle which is going unnoticed everyday, millions of voices which are going unheard and women who are falling sick just because we think toilet — or lack of it — is not really an issue. In the film, Akshay plays the role of Keshav whose wife Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) leaves him because his house doesn’t have a toilet.
Keshav doesn’t realise the importance of having a toilet at home till his married life meets this roadblock. Soon his struggle to get back his wife begins but there is another hindrance — a society that may consider women their ‘izzat’ but refuses to give respect to them. Ironically, Tulsi, the goddess, is the reason cited for not having a toilet at home and forcing women of the house to defecate in open.
We hear women telling Bhumi’s character, “Chalo sava chaar hogaye hai, sab intezaar kar rahe hai lota party mein tumhara welcome ka.” When she can’t bring herself to go in the open, she is made fun of. The women say, “Sasuraal mein khaane ko na de rahe? Saari laaj sharam chodhkar lag jao kaam pe.” The trailer never fails to leave the subject alone or mention it out of context. In a conversation between Akshay and Divyendu Sharma, we hear, “Unhone toh meri kismat ghusalkhaane mein likhi hogi, aur upar se flush aur kardiya,” which indirectly depicts how a man’s attempt goes in vain if he tries to stand up for a woman. Being a frustrated husband, Akshay asks his fellow village men if banishing a toilet more important than a woman’s privacy.
And you cannot even think of having a toilet at home because, “Jiss Aangan main tulsi lagate hai wahan shauch karna shuru karde?” Toilet Ek Prem Katha’s dialogues, written by Siddharth-Garima, highlights mentality that needs to be challenged. As Anupam Kher says in the trailer – “if you change nothing, nothing will change.”
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Finally, the trailer comes to an end on a disappointing note where the actor can be heard saying, “Aashiqo ne Aashiqui ke liye Taj Mahal bana diya, hum ek sandas na bana sake.” So has the man in question failed to educate his village about the benefits of toilet in order to save his married life? Well, the mystery remains intact but going by the dialogues and the story line, they say change begins at home but in India, even a small change at home seems a distant dream.