Directed By: Shree Narayan Singh
Produced By: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Finally it is here and truly worth the wait. Yes, we are talking about Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’. The movie deals with a socially relevant topic of open defecation and promotes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan project. It is an unusual love story that revolves around a newly married couple and how lack of toilet in the house lands their marriage in trouble.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha begins when a ‘maanglik’ guy is married to a buffalo to get his stars in the right position. Akshay plays Keshav he gets married to Jaya(Bhumi) a meritorious student. Soon after her marriage, Jaya is introduced to the lota gang, a group of women who defecate in the open. Jaya retaliates and leaves Keshav’s home due to the absence of proper toilet at his residence. Later, Keshav takes Jaya’s cause forward and convinces his family and the people of his town to build toilets.
Akshay Kumar’s comic timing is spot on. The actor knows his fans and caters to them. He easily glides through the film as a simple man with his heart in the right place. Bhumi Pednekar who had made an impressive debut with Dum Laga Ke Haisha has once again left a mark as a strong-willed lady who challenges male stereotypes. As a feisty rebel she has an impressive command over her role. She is convincing as a small town girl. Akshay and Bhumi’s chemistry is truly sparkling.
The other members of the cast too are convincing in their roles. Special mention to Divyendu Sharma, who plays the role of Akshay Kumar’s brother and stands with him through thick and thin. Anupam Kher as the naughty granddad is endearing. But we would have loved to see some more of him. Sudhir Pandey as the inflexible, traditionalist dad complement the lead pair.
Director Shree Narayan Singh unfolds the story in an ordinary way though preachy is impactful. The film’s music, is strictly average and does not linger long. The movie needs to be trimmed a little to decrease the length.
The first half of the film is crisp but the other half tends to get a bit preachy. On the whole the film is a good watch.
Watch the trailer of the film here,