New Delhi: The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan inspired movie Toilet – Ek Prem Katha actor Bhumi Pednekar aims to start a ‘Toilet-Revolution’ in India with this upcoming film. The story of the film revolves around a married couple Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar), who go against all the odds, simply to bring a toilet revolution in their village and discourage the ‘lota gang’ who still think defecating in the open is ‘acceptable’. The need of the hour in India is to bring in a change in people’s mindset and motivate them to use toilets that have been constructed and that is what the new movie Toilet – Ek Prem Katha aims to do. Speaking about this social satire recently, Bhumi said, “It’s time for us to change and evolve as a society and make toilets.”
Stressing on the fact that having a toilet is everyone’s birthright, the actress added, “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is a great love story between these simple sweet characters. This is a love story but with an important message. I have a feeling it’s really going to bring about a massive change in our society. It’s going to encourage a lot of women not to settle for anything less in their marriage and to fight for their rights. And having a toilet is everyone’s right and one must make sure that one get one.”
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 11, 2017
India is home to some 450 million people who have no access to toilets and who still follow the age-old tradition of open defecation. Since the inception of the Government’s mega Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign on October 2, 2014, India’s sanitation coverage has increased to 64.18% as of July 2017 from mere 41.86%. Still, the road to Swachh India is long, the target of Clean India by 2019 cannot be achieved just by constructing toilets. It needs behavioural change, which is the plot of the film.
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha which has been co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey, is set to hit the big screen on August 11.
With inputs from IANS