Akshay Kumar unveiled the trailer of his much-awaited film of the year, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha yesterday and we’re loving everything about it. The trailer reflects the reality of many interior parts of India where people worship goddess but won’t respect women and made them defecate in the open. Helmed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film is satirical love story addressing social issues like open defecation in villages, gender discrimination, personal hygiene and illogical traditional beliefs – shown in an entertaining manner.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is the story of Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya ( Bhumi Pednekar) who fall for each other and get married. The problem in their newly married life comes when Jaya comes to know that there is no toilet at Keshav’s house. In fact, there is not a single toilet in the village, as the villagers believe, “Jiss Aangan main tulsi lagate hai wahan shauch nahin karte”. Jaya leaves Keshav’s house and from here starts the struggle of a husband to bring back home his wife. He fights his village’s superstitions and corruption in the government to ensure proper sanitation at his village. It’s a love story with a strong social message.
The three-minute long trailer is full-on entertainment. A strong theme is overlapped with some brilliant lines and dialogues. Bollywood has not yet touched this important and real issue in their films, and what makes Toilet: Ek Prem Katha special is the way it presents such a crucial issue in a fun way, without compromising the criticality of this social stigma. In the trailer, every actor, Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Anupam Kher and Rajesh Sharma, stands strong as performers. However, Akshay takes the center stage with impressive comic timing. The film would be a treat to watch if takes a non-preachy route and at the same time highlights the social issues like sanitation and personal hygiene, which are seldom talked about in India.
As the film is propagating a social message, the Central Board of Film Certification has endorsed the film to be made tax free in India. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also praised the theme and efforts of Akshay Kumar to bring this social issue to the forefront. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is scheduled for release on August 11.