Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is making news for its unique storyline and controversies. There have been reports stating that the film’s storyline is copied from other films. But, it is now emerging that the film is based on someone else’s life story. The film talks about the sanitary issues in India where people still defecate in the open due to lack of toilet facilities.
Well, even if the storyline is being taken from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, but the film’s storyline is connected with the stories of real women in India’s rural area. Most especially, the angle of the couple’s blissful married life taking a turn for the worse and bringing about a revolution is inspired by these courageous women’s stories of grit, determination, and dedication.
According to NDTV.com, in 2011, Anita Narre was married into a family hailing from a village in Madhya Pradesh. Once at the husband’s home, she realised that they do not have a toilet at home and defecate in the open. It took her two days to make up her mind, muster her courage and leave husband Shivram’s house. She had laid her condition loud and clear. Eight days later, she returned to her husband’s house after he built a toilet, just for her.
Moreover, there is and another woman called Puja Devi’s story is also similar to some extent. According to Mid-Day, in 2014, Puja, then in her early 20s, left her husband’s house when her repeated demand to build a toilet was ignored by her husband and in-laws. It took her six-months to finally take the step. While all this time she waited for her new family members to understand her concerns and challenges of not having a toilet in the house, she could wait no further when she realised that her pleas were falling on deaf years. Despite the intervention of the village panchayat in Bihar that directed her husband to construct a toilet, the deed wasn’t done and therefore Puja decided it was better that she stayed at her parents’ house than going to the open field every day before dawn to defecate.
Well, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha seems like an inspiring story for the entire country. The film is all set to hit the screens on August 11.