So today I am going to review one more movie. Yesterday I went out to watch Toilet-Ek Prem Katha (Toilet- One Love Story) with my brother and my husband. It was one great movie and definitely a worth watch.
Now the story revolves around the husband named Keshav whose wife left him in the initial days of the marriage because there wasn’t any toilet in his home. Yes! You heard me right. Now this might seem a very funny reason for divorce to a few people, but there are millions of people in India for whom having a toilet is a luxury. Now, back to the story, once his wife abandons him, he sets out on a mission of building a toilet in his village, where for people building a toilet at home is not acceptable because of their age old traditions and beliefs that doesn’t allow impurities or waste related things in their home where their God resides. For them, it’s like insulting their God by having dirt around. On one hand, convincing his father who is a pure Pandit and on the other hand saving his marriage, Keshav fights and wins his wife back by fighting against the beliefs that has been followed for so many years.
Long back, I had blogged on how Defecation is a big problem in my country India. Millions of people defecate in the open due to the non availability of the toilets. Due to the lack of sanitation facilities, poor people are left with no choice except defecating on the roads or in the garbage area or near railway tracks or behind the bushes and so on. Some people even use plastic bags for the toilet matters. Due to this, the hygiene level is zero and the lack of hygiene in return increases the chance of diseases and the health problems. Not only this issue is being faced in the villages, but also, in the major cities too. The problem is not that government isn’t ready to provide proper toilets to them, but in some part of India, there are people who believe in defecating in open and not having a toilet. In some villages, women specially have to walk and go far for defecating. Defecating behind the bushes increases the chance of animal attacks like snake bites. Also, women need privacy during their menstruation period, which is not possible due to the lack of toilets or latrines availability. This not only has the bad impact on their health, but also, affects their dignity. But, even after knowing this, there are many who continue to defecate in open and don’t even consider this as a problem. I have even read that, a few women try to avoid their meals per day so that the need to go to toilet reduces. This in the future will not only affect their health, but also would bring various health risks.
This motion picture precisely display the issues, convictions and how people must change with the change around. It shows how Keshav fights for his love, his wife’s right to have a toilet at home, making people believe that defecating in open or even in the river is as good as disrespecting God. This movie is based on the true events and is a must watch movie and spreads a great social awareness among us “No toilet, No wife.”
For change in our life, we just can’t be dependent on one person, even we need to change to have a change around or in our life.
-Heta Gala Naidu