Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is again the one more gem been added to Akshay’s filmography. After Airlift, Rustom, Jolly LLB 2, and now with Toilet – Ek Prem Katha Akshay have proved that he can truly deliver some good stuff with genuine content except mindless entertainers. Besides Akshay Kumar as Keshav, it also stars Bhumi Pednekar as Jaya with Anupam Kher, Sudhir Pandey, and Divyendu Sharma in supporting roles.
The story revolves around Keshav (Akshay) a go-getter and liberal-thinker Jaya (Bhumi) and their struggle to be together against all odds of society. If you already have watched the trailer it gives almost all the plot points so what remains to watch on a big screen is the execution, and yes, it’s definitely worth watching. The name of the movie itself explains the whole drama, that it’s going to be a love story but with intriguing content. Every love story has a villain or odds it has to face to be an epic, and in this one, the villain is a toilet.
Both of the leads marry but it doesn’t strike Keshav to tell Jaya that his house doesn’t have a toilet. This then becomes the grounds for Jaya to liberate against it and to leave his house, and ultimately to file a divorce. Now with this motto to bring his wife back to home, Keshav sets out on a mission to hold a mirror to those who support open defecation in the name of age-old traditions and so called Indian culture. And yes, in India (mostly in the rural parts) open defecation is the serious problem which needs to be addressed, and no doubt this movie does it brilliantly. Even one line from movie says that “Problem does not seem problem unless it’s personal.”. So even if it is not a problem for us, it is for the millions of Indians, and this movie storms the society by delivering this very strong and hard hitting message in the funniest and comic way possible.
Once again it’s a genius script-based compelling story, with good performances by leads and the supporting cast, and very good message at its core. The only complaint I had with this one is the runtime of the movie which is two and half an hour. And that’s where it feels stretched and sloppy in some moments.
Verdict : It’s a complete family entertainer with the good message and a must watch for everyone.
Rating : 3.5/5