Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a satirical take on a battle against the age old tradition of open defecation in the country. The film is about high school dropout Keshav (Akshay Kumar), who manages his family's bicycle store. The movie traces the love story between 'jugadbaaz' Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and progressive girl Jaya set in two villages near Mathura. Akshay Kumar is the backbone of this satire. Bhumi Pedneka Jaya is the face of every girl who has ever faced this issue. Toilet Ek Prem Katha is just short of becoming another Akshay Kumar Entertainer.
|Stars:||Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Anupam Kher|
|Director:||Shree Narayan Singh|
|Release Date:||11-Aug-2017, India|
|Overall Ratings:||/ 5|
When Bollywood star Akshay Kumar unveiled the name of his next project' Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,' it left everyone in bewilderment as to what the movie's subject may be. However, over the next few months, it became apparent that the film is about sanitation and hygiene in rural infrastructure. So how did the director Shree Narayan Singh project an important issue in the backdrop of a love story? Now, that would be interesting to watch!
If you are a die-hard fan of Akki and the plot of the movie excites you, then this film should be on your weekend bucket list. But before you book the tickets, read the reviews to ensure you don't ruin your weekend.
The movie falters in the second half apparently. As per the review, "The first half is smooth, but it’s the second half that gets constipated. The premise which is intriguing and novel becomes repetitive and labored. Some of the scenes in the second half seems contrived to make the current government shine and sparkle."
The first half of the film is crisp and tightly packed, but the same can't be said about the other half. After the interval, the film tends to get a bit preachy, but that is expected if you have a much-debatable topic like open defecation to be addressed. It might feel a bit predictable, but it is not something you can't sit through. Neeraj Pandey, after his last film, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story doesn't disappoint with this one.
Director Shree Narayan Singh knows his milieu, and he unfolds the heartland story in an ordinary way where things like open defecation are a part of life. Bhumi Pednekar looks natural, and that’s a big relief for a Bollywood film that wants to create some social awareness through its female protagonist. However, one thing that can hamper Toilet Ek Prem Katha’s impact is its repetitiveness.