Toilet Ek Prem Katha
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
“Biwi paas chahiye toh ghar me sandaas chahiye”.
With this motto, Akshay Kumar sets a mission to show a mirror to those people who support open defecation with the name of so-called Indian culture. Bhumi Pednekar‘s optimistic stand on marriage and overwhelming love for her husband while he goes up against the framework, society, and his own dad.
Keshav (Akshay Kumar), the son of a Manusmriti (a brahmin), waits to get married for quite a long time. In his 36th year, he is made to marry a buffalo to kill his “Manglik” stars in the initial sequence. I bet you can’t stop laughing at his pathetic condition. You know how skillfully Akshay Kumar can act in such scenes. His toothy smile and “Battameez bol lo Madam lekin bhaisaab tangle bolo“ sort of dialogue sets the mood.
He’s not like other average village boys who wouldn’t stalk a girl before marriage. Director Shree Narayan Singh puts Akshay Kumar into a mixed character of Jolly LLB 2 and Khiladi 786. In short, Akshay is in a comfort zone.
His marriage with Jaya Joshi (Bhumi Pednekar), a state topper and an ‘angrezi padhi likhi ladki‘, meets a hurdle when Jaya finds his home doesn’t have a toilet. She refused to be a part of “Lota Party” and forces Keshav to think about it. They won’t keep going long and they started over from the beginning. But the thing is, will the Toilet make in Keshav’s house?
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha embraces the Indian government’s “Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan” so true that after a point it begins to resemble that Priyanka Bharti ad featuring Vidya Balan.
The idea of making this movie is to highlight the disadvantages of open defecation. This happens in the first half of the movie with Akshay Kumar and Divyendu Sharma. Their flawless acting skill can make you laugh aloud. Their “Praudh Siksha” (Old age education) Mallika Bhabi gags work. (Akshay was first married to a Buffalo named Mallika)
Jaya got her own path and gets a hang of the situation before it’s too late. What happens initially? A son-versus-father Tashan turns into a war involving the state. Apparently, we got to know that this is a scam. But current govt. Is tackling it. What happens next, Akshay Kumar who advises his wife to adjust suddenly converted to the man who fights for women’s rights.
He does all the things gently. He creates an alternate side of persona. Bhumi Pednekar provides the support he needs. The first half gives the speed breaker to the second half. Director introduces here the “Fighting with Sabhyata”. Along with theory, Akshay Kumar explains here how we shouldn’t depend on Govt. to do everything for us.
Apart from it, this story delivers an important message regarding personal hygiene and proper sanitation systems in Rural areas.
Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has a good chemistry in the entire movie and you can see this better in its songs. Especially the song, “Has mat pagli Pyar Ho jayega” can blow your mind. No doubt, Akshay Kumar is the backbone of “Toilet-Ek Prem Katha” and Bhumi is no less contributor to this story.
This movie is awesome having valuable messages. If you haven’t seen it, then go and watch this movie. This has enough to entertain you. 🙂