The Indian Film Industry seems like a coming of age film. The industry is starting to get mature in ways that only make every film aficionado happy. For any healthy and thriving film industry, the important thing is that new projects that don’t fit the “ideal” convention are being attempted. How the film fares and what the critics say is important but making a film to appease the two is a myopic approach. That shouldn’t be the case. Films are a means to an end. The end being telling stories that enrich our lives.
This brings us to the upcoming movie starring Akshay Kumar. The movie is attempting to attempt something so different and unconventional, that it should be applauded for the effort itself. Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is not your run-of-the-mill Bollywood movie. The film is different for a very specific reason. The plot of the movie revolves around the love story that is to be found between ‘jugadbaaz’ Keshav played by Akshay Kumar and Jaya played by Bhumi Pednekar. Jaya is quite progressive in her approach towards life in general. The story in the movie takes place in two villages near Mathura.
The movie itself is a satirical take on the age-old problem that is being faced by many living in the Indian countryside. Which is the battle against open defecation? The journey of the protagonist in the movie is long, enduring and filled with funny moments. The journey takes our hero from the panchayat to the sanitation department! The movie explores the role played by government agencies and how superstitions come into the equation. You get a close look at the problem from a perspective that is very different indeed.
The movie shows us the journey of a common man and his will to change the way things are. And, from everything that is out there about the movie, this could very well be the finest movie of the year. For all who have been craving something different, your prayers have been heard. This genuinely seems like the movie that will leave you satiated, for all the good reasons.