Mere Pyaare Prime Minister: A Poor Cousin of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

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Mere Pyaare Prime Minister: A Poor Cousin of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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akeysh Omprakash Mehra is a confusing filmmaker. I say this because for someone who made Rang De Basanti – a sharp indictment of bureaucracy, corruption, and the government – his work since, is devoid of any voice. With the exception of possibly Delhi 6, Mehra’s films seem satisfied with repeating, rather than creating: Mirzya is solid proof. His latest outing, Mere Pyaare Prime Minister, only confirms that pattern.

Starring Anjali Patil (Newton) and youngster Om Kanojiya, Mere Pyaare Prime Minister revolves around Sargam, an impoverished single mother who lives in a Mumbai slum with her son, Kanhaiya. One night, when Sargam ventures outside to relieve herself at a public toilet, she is raped – this crime triggers a desire in her son to build a toilet for her.

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