From the trailer of the movie, you could already tell the entire plot. Toilet Ek Prem Katha is not your edge of the seat, keeps you guessing kind of pot boiler. Yet, even though you know what’s going on, you can’t tell what’s going to happen next.
Of course the film is about one Keshav (Akshay Kumar) who is left by his wife Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) for the want of a toilet within the premises of their rural house. Jaya revolts against the open defecating of women and goes to the extent of filing for a divorce to get access to a basic toilet in a toilet-less village while Keshav ends up getting jailed trying to fulfil the wishes of his beloved wife.
In between, they fight with rudimentary thinking, convoluted malpractices in the name of religion, a corrupt system, bullish men and trapped women. Special shout out to the film for beautifully depicting the fight against women. Women who have lost the concept of respect for themselves and are so hell bent on compromising that they forget their basic right to sanitation.
Kudos to Shree Narayan Singh for making a done to death subject (thanks to NaMo’s Swachh Bharat Abbhiyaan), so entertaining. He keeps the characters relatable, situations totally real and never allows a dull moment even though you ride a donkey beaten to death. The story has some mind blowing dialogues, the mainstay of this film. Full marks to writers Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal for penning down not just whistle worthy dialogues but lines that retain the core language of the premise and background and are still very easily understandable.
Akshay Kumar is at his usual, convincing best; getting effortlessly into the skin of the character and has been ably supported by Divyendu Sharma as his younger brother. Divyendu stands his own against a star like Akshay and adds to the punches which flow freely throughout the narrative. Bhumi on the other hand, looked a tad bit uncomfortable trying to match the language and mannerisms of the set up. Sure she was educated and therefore had to look more polished than the others, but her performance seemed confused and caught between the two ends of the spectrum. Anupam Kher and the rest of the support cast does well to add their bit to the narrative.
Songs are not the takeaway from the movie, but appear between far and few to give you that break you are so used to.
iKarmik says, Toilet Ek Prem Katah blames all the culprits responsible for this apathetic situation of pissing taking a dump in the open – a situation that is not just limited to the backward villages of India, but is also visible in well-developed metropolis like Mumbai and Delhi. It addresses the so in the most entertaining and engaging manner, making Toilet Ek Prem Katha, one of the best examples of ‘Infotainment’. You will laugh for most of the film but somewhere through the interval, the gravity of the problem will hit you hard enough to spread the word. Do us a favour, don’t just watch it, but make at least two, blue collared, below poverty line individuals in your vicinity watch it.