My take on Hindi Movie – Toilet – Ek Prem Katha
This social satire strikingly addresses one of the major and real issues of modern India. And the issue, as it seems from the title of the movie, is not just cleanliness or hygiene but our conservative approach towards life and social causes.
Traditional Indian Culture advocates Female First – their respect, their rights, and their choices should be given first priority. That’s why, in ancient India, girls were having the right to choose their husbands. Marriage was not forced upon them. This practice was called Swayamvara (Sanskrit: स्वयंवर).
Swayam in Sanskrit means self and Vara means groom in this context.
After marriage, a bride was respected as a backbone and given all rights to govern her new home – as per her wishes, instincts, and learnings. She was given full charge of her new family and her husband’s parents used to get retired to lead a relaxed and spiritual life.
This systematic thought process and wonderful culture were hijacked by a few fearful, Orthodox and fanatic intellectuals, who were greedy for power and believed in exploitation. Their arrogance couldn’t understand the essence of our scriptures and simply manipulated to inculcate a new culture of suppression and dominance in our society which bound women to meekly adjust in every situation.
The core message of the movie doesn’t emphasize on only making Toilets in every home or village but to change this unrealistic approach which is spoiling human values and relationships in the name of tradition and culture.
This carefully written, finely directed and remarkably performed “Prem Katha” forces our mind to embrace the right perspective towards human Life, irrespective of gender.
And lastly, I loved this punch – “No one fights until it gets personal.”