Poor sanitary conditions in India makes up to 60% of the population in India alone. Activists and the government have advocated for the building of shared community toilets as a solution to the problem, but ingrained social norms and attitudes stop people from using them.
Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is all set to rock the box office on August 11. This movie is about one of the least talked about issues of our country ie. 'open defecation'.
Like always before the release, the entire star cast of the movie is also busy with the promotional activities. Recently Akshay, Bhumi and Anupam Kher were in a conversation with a British reporter for Channel 4.
The interview was being conducted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy who started off on a rather provoking satirical note. He said, ‘A film which talks about the problem of open defecation in the country is being released around the Independence Day on August 11.’
All the three actors replied ‘Yes’ in sync. However, things turned out to be really uncomfortable when he asked this question from the cast.
He asked,"How do you feel this is such a big issue in your country 70 years after Independence?”
Anupam Kher, who is a man known for his bold choice of words chose to give a befitting reply to a British reporter.
He replied, "The expression is different on my side. We are only 70 years old. Britishers ruled us for 200 years, they should have done that (educate people about sanitation). They did railway tracks first, for themselves. They wanted them to remain poor, not get educated so that they can say ‘Oh these Indians. How they do it – they defecate in the open. So, that is also an issue.”
Well done, Anupam Kher, you are a true patriot.
Now hopefully, with this new movie, people will become more aware of their surroundings.