Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, The Real Story


Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, The Real Story

Illustration: Mandar Mhaskar


et against the backdrop of Jhajharoo, a fictional village in Gujarat, the ambitiously layered film charts the journey of Jignesh bhai, a simple Indian toilet. Jignesh’s day ends and begins at the village’s sole Sulabh Sauchalaya, where he is tasked with taking the bowel movements of villagers and putting them into the ground. It isn’t the most glorious job, but it is something for Jignesh to make a living out of. Plus it’s hard to get a job in a bank when you are a commode.

Jignesh’s father, who is a hole in the ground covered with leaves, is an overbearing man. He believes his son should marry a toilet within the community, and work at the Sulabh Sauchalaya all his life. But Jignesh wants more. He often wakes up with nightmares about “butter chicken” or “corn masala”.