NEW DELHI: A Bollywood romantic comedy about the paucity of toilets for women in India has become an unlikely hit in China since it released last Friday, reported the South China Morning Post (SCMP) today.
The film? Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, or 'Toilet: A Love Story', topped the box office since its Chinese debut on Friday earning 66 million yuan, or US$10.3 million, in Chinese cinemas. The film released in India last August.
Critics told the publication that the movie's theme resonated in China and did something China's movie industry doesn't do, that is, use a personal story to examine a larger social issue and so in an engaging way.
"I like the movie because it directly points out a bad habit from traditional culture, it mocks bureaucracy, shows the emergence of feminism, and most importantly, does it in a funny way," said Sandy Liu, after watching the film.
She added that China has a similar problem with public conveniences thought it may not be as acute as India's. In fact, she said that after watching the film she had to wait a little over seven minutes to use the restroom.
"China also has toilet issues, but it still is unbelievable for us to see those Indian women relieving themselves outdoors. For Chinese women, the problem lies in public toilets - to make them cleaner and the waiting times shorter," she added.
Balachandramenon Vengasserry - Alappuzha - 1 hour ago
So everywhere for women problem is there for public toilets. In that sense, this film will definitely send a clear message for authorities in different nations.
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Mark - Downtown - 16 mins ago -Follow
padman will also be big hit if they release it
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Twistershekhu - 1 hour ago -Follow
I was thinking that this feminist problem lies only in india
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Proud Indian - 29 mins ago -Follow
good, maybe indian movies will help chinese people understand india better, most common chinese people are decent guys while their pol*icians are horrible
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Rajkumar - 33 mins ago -Follow
Indi chini Bhai Bhai
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Ravi Kulkarni - 50 mins ago -Follow
why the article says only Akki starer? why they don''t mention the female protagonist - Bhoomi pednekar?
Nobinkumar Pradhan - PUNE - 1 hour ago -Follow
I have lived in China for almost a year and am not surprised why this particular Bollywood film appealed to the Chinese. I am certain it must have come as a revelation to the Chinese and must have made them reflect about their own dirty habits. I must confess though that China is a vast country and generalising that all Chinese are dirty would be wrong. However, about the region in the north and adjacent to Tianjin , one can say with certainty that Chinese are indeed dirty. They don''t close toilet doors while using these toilets and even in decent and pricey restaurants, you can see locals spitting and blowing their noses while inside the restaurants.