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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review

  • Zinia Bandyopadhyay

    Zinia Bandyopadhyay (446,373 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - August 11, 2017 1:46 PM IST
    3.6DM (13972 ratings)

    Verdict - Barring a few scenes, the movie overall is a fun and entertaining watch and you should definitely not miss this one!

    Toilet: Ek Prem KathaWatch trailerRelease date : August 11, 2017

    Bollywood is in a dire need of a hit now. With all the big releases failing to create an impact at the box office, Bollywood has been pitching its hope on Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. And it does look like the film can finally put an end to the dry spell in Bollywood.

    The storyline for Toilet is probably known to all. Keshav (Kumar) is head over heels for Jaya (Pednekar) and wants to marry her. He has a lot of 'dosh' in his Kundli and has to therefore do quite a few 'jugaad' to finally get married to the Jaya. But the trouble unfolds after this- Jaya has been raised in a house that has a toilet, but Keshav's household is staunch and in the name of traditions will never allow a toilet inside the house! Keshav has a tough fight ahead for love- he has to change the mentality of so many around him and get a toilet made so that Jaya and he can be together. Will they see the happily ever after and how will he take on the fight?

    Well, while all of us might have already known the story, the USP lies in how it was treated. The problems shown in the film may not be relatable to a large section of the audience, but it is very much prevalent and a reality and many parts of the country. Jaya's fight is real and she is portrayed as one of those bold women who can dare to take a big step for her own good!

    While the entire story and the treatment of the subject is commendable, there are so many parts which disgusted me to the core. For example the scene where Keshav's brother makes a nasty comment about his Bhabhi, who till then was just a bull. No kidding there, Keshav was actually married off to a 'bhanys' to counter his mangalik problem. My point is was that disgusting joke really necessary?

    Also towards the end of the film, it became a not so subtle PR mouthpiece for the government! And the ire was turned at the journalists, who are shown as a bunch of camera carrying people who ask pointless questions. Really? That definitely was not expected! We know who the film wants to appease and no points for guessing that it has been made tax free in some states. It is a super active and effective advocate of the Swacch Bharat Mission.

    The other big problem in the film is the solution it offers, which is way beyond real. Had the personal been kept to that level itself, it could have been better!

    The performances in the film were impeccable. While Akshay Kumar carried the film with his power packed performance and aura, it was great to see Bhumi Pednekar keep up her presence especially beside such overpowering charm of Kumar. While she could have worked on her diction, her performance otherwise was brilliant.

    Akshay Kumar as always delivered a flawless performance. He nails not just the intense and emotional scenes but is equally great in comic parts. We have another nomination for the best actor Award this year now.

    The music is good and the cinematography is even better. The colors and the charm of the small town is captured very well, as is the culture with all the orthodox beliefs and superstitions.

    Overall the film is superbly entertaining and will keep you hooked to your seats. This should definitely not miss this one.

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