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'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' - Movie Review
Saturday, August 12, 2017 • Hindi Comments

Expectations

Akshay Kumar was once known for his choice of action oriented films followed by all those melodramatic and comical films. He later shifted his base by doing some hard-hitting or realistic or theme oriented films, which worked well in his favour. Some of these films manage to get good box-office numbers, while couple of them fetched him awards.

With almost three to four release in a year, Akshay has managed to build a reputation for himself. His latest film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' has a government friendly issue related to open defecation. The trailer has managed to create wonders followed by the controversies and support from the government. The expectations are high for the movie and Akshay Kumar.

Story

'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' is a story of a middle age guy Keshav (Akshay Kumar), whose marriage is stuck due to some religious beliefs and odd conditions of his father Panditji (Sudhir Pandey). One day, Keshav meets Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) and falls in love with her. Keshav along with his brother Naru (Divyendu Sharma) manipulates Panditji's conditions leading to his marriage with Jaya. 

Sadly, on the next day of their marriage Jaya comes to know that there are no toilet facilities in Keshav's house and will have to go with all other females of the village and defecate in open fields. This leads to a conflict between Keshav and Jaya leading to a national issue

The 'Glitz' Factor

The basic story idea is interesting. In case of 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', the story has been presented in a light and breezy manner. The movie gets it right momentum and picks up after Akshay's marriage with Bhumi. These scenes are one of the best scenes from the film. 

Post interval the movie tries to keep its momentum intact. The cinematography is decent and keeps the mood intact. The editing could have been bit strict in the second half of the film.

'Has Mat Pagli' is a sweet romantic song which displays the magic of Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. 'Subha Ki Train' sounds interesting.

Director Shree Narayan Singh is known for his work as an editor for many good films like 'Special 26', 'Baby', 'A Wednesday', 'Taryanche Bait' and others. He comes up with a unique concept and presents it into an entertaining manner. 

Akshay Kumar displays a decent performance.BhumiPednekar is amazing in this movie.. Sudhir Pandey is superb in his part.

The 'Non-Glitz' Factor

The first half starts with a dull love story between Akshay Kumar and Bhumi followed by some educational messages indulged in it. The romance part lacks the intensity. 

The intensity in these scenes gets highly diluted due to repetitive scenes, preachy dialogues, over usage of the word 'Sauch', portraying the clean image of government and sudden culmination of the whole issue. The random praising of government policies does not gel with the flow of the film. 

The last thirty minutes are highly stretched which eventually leads to a jumbled and unconvincing climax. The sudden rebel and change of heart looked fake. Not to forget the hammering messages related to sanitation issues.

'Bakheda', 'Toilet' and 'Gori Tu Latth Maar' could have been better.

Director Shree Narayan Singh also tries to induce all those social messages which ends up on a verbose note. All those melodrama and fake rebelling in the climax dilutes the intensity of the film. Anupam Kher, Rajesh Sharma, Shobha Khote and others are wasted. Divyendu Sharma keeps the fun quotient intact, but after a while starts to irritate.
 
Final 'Glitz'

'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' is light and breezy satire related to one of India's basic problem.

Rating: 3/5