Set against the backdrop of PM Modi’s initiative to improve sanitation across India, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (‘Clean India Movement’), TOILET: EK PREM KATHA tackles the fundamental need to provide households across the nation with a functioning toilet to reduce open defecation in public, which is intricately linked to issues such as women safety – open defecation is also a result of 50% of the rape cases in India
It’s the true story of millions of women in rural India who till date, walk a few kilometres away from their homes just to be able to relieve themselves. At break of dawn or fall of dusk, these women face the risk of rape and/or kidnapping – an inconceivable threat for most of us when routinely going to the toilet.
The film spotlights women safety, basic dignity and privacy which form the helm of an ever-growing urgency to address the issue. It’s also the crux of the love story between Keshav(Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar), whose love transcends across barriers of tradition yet is challenged by the most unexpected hurdle, a toilet.
A revolution in the making, TOILET: EK PREM KATHA uses humour to educate the world and bring to light the issues surrounding sanitation and women safety in India.
FACT: Over 50% of rape cases which take place in India happen when women defecate in the open
FACT: 60% of the people in the world not exposed to toilet facilities are based in India, with a whopping 564 million Indians defecating in the open