Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar have managed to create a very strong buzz around their film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which is all set to hit the theatres tomorrow (August 11). They have gone all out with the promotions and have made sure that the film reaches as many people as possible. In Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Keshav (Akshay Kumar) isn’t expected to build a monument like the Taj Mahal that a Mughal emperor had built for his beloved wife, but a utility-friendly toilet for his bride (Bhumi Pednekar) who refuses to defecate in the open fields like the other women in his village.
The movie deals with the sensitive subject of lack of toilets in rural India. As per the statistics promoted by the film, as many as 54 per cent of Indians still defecate in the open. Now, those numbers are alarming, and it is great that a movie takes up the task of addressing it. There is just as much that can go wrong with the film as it could go right.
The first half is smooth, but it’s the second half that gets constipated.” Yep there are going to be a lot toilet jokes in every review you read. The reviewer further adds that the premise that promises to be intriguing becomes repetitive and laboured. Some critique on the film’s editing later, the writer concludes, “While the intention of this film is noble and should be lauded, the love story gets lost in the din of indoctrinating the glorious Indian government’s honourable campaign. Watch this if you are in the mood to witness earnest acting performances, but if you are looking for a propaganda-free film, then this is not it.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which clocks 175 minutes, would have benefited from tighter editing and fewer number of songs that showcase courtship, heartbreak and divorce. Actors Sudhir Pandey (who plays the inflexible, traditionalist dad), Divyendu Sharma (Keshav’s jovial brother) and Anupam Kher (the naughty granddad with a penchant for watching raunchy Bollywood songs) complement the lead pair.