Toilet Ek Prem Katha – The love story which flushes the mindset of superstitious people!
For those who want to catch a quick glimpse of the trailer before reading my thoughts on this – here is the link! Trailer – Bollywood movie Toilet Ek Prem Katha !
The urban middle class women sitting in PVR Gold Class cannot imagine carrying a lota and walking a couple of kilometres every day morning to defecate. Gather, gossip and finish your business! The Lota Party is probably the primitive version of the modern day Kitty Parties! But yes, this system still prevails in remote parts of the country. The system of lowering the ghunghat (piece of cloth covering your head and face) also exists, in the not so remote parts of the country. Eating at the daughter’s sasural (in-law’s home) is still considered a taboo by many.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha has depicted the lifestyle of many in a very subtle manner. I liked the attention to small details, certain customs are called out without the shout-out-loud boards. Even the modern day educated women are expected to wear saris/Indian wear in their sasural, even if they are not accustomed to the same during their college life. Many women I know find this difficult – change of avatars in the presence of orthodox family members – and Jaya was expected to compromise (as always, the expectations are from the bearers of the XY chromosome) on the luxury (read with sarcasm) of having a toilet within the house!
Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a movie about changing mindsets!
It shows how people gradually evolve! How thoughts and ideals change given the circumstances! It is a contrast of characters! Let me explain.
Jaya always found it strange that women beat their husbands on the occasion of Holi! Once married, she did not spare the rod! She came back with a bottle of Dettol in hand, there is no doubt that she loves her husband, but she is rigid about her demand. Though Keshav is heart-broken, she refuses to return to her sasural devoid of a toilet. The emotional turmoil which Jaya was going through was very beautifully portrayed.
Keshav initially found it silly that Jaya made a fuss about joining the Lota Party! But he eventually realized its importance! And advocated for the movement. He also mentions, that people do not understand the magnitude of a problem unless they face it. So true!
Keshav’s father thinks that one cannot have a toilet in the angaan,which is used to worship the Tulsi, till almost the end of the movie. But he gave in, when his aged mother falls from the stairs and gets an urgent call from nature. Mothers are always forgiven, but daughter in laws are not forgiven easily. Sigh!
Toilet Ek Prem Katha is about the nature of different people!
Superstitious people believe that marrying a cow will help the manglik. The Sarpanch manipulates the villagers to believe that a toilet cannot be constructed in the premises of your home but changes his stance eventually when the government obliges! The politician who blames the people for not using the toilet instead of focusing on the scams and finding out where the tax payers money has disappeared.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a contrast of characters.
A superstitious set of parents versus modern and liberal family members. Corrupt officials versus politicians who empathize with the people. Lazy and corrupt government officials versus an efficient minister. Docile housewives versus a strong independent woman who finds a solution to her problems.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha addresses basic hygiene issues.
A statement as simple as washing your hands after going to the loo! Using clean sanitized toilets! Oh wait! That is too far-fetched. Using a toilet instead of the open field!
I liked the way the movie urges people to accept and embrace changes instead of being rigid! It is always a fight with the mindset of the people. True that. The witty dialogues tickle your funny bones throughout the movie! Overall, I think it is a good watch.
4/5 is a well deserved rating.
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