Toilet-Ek Prem Katha

To extract entertainment from a thought-provoking subject is a hard-core task but director Shree Narayan Singh to a great extent proved successful in digging out some funny and commercial moments from the motivational script. ‘Toliet-Ek Prem Katha’ featuring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar in the main leads is inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swach Bharat Campaign’. This tacky subject matter is talked about, implemented but nobody might have thought in their wildest dream to make a film on it.

‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’ speaks about the bogus tradition of our society. It highlights the illogical idea of not having a loo in one’s house as it is against the cultural and religion. It shows how having a toilet in one’s premises is considered to be untraditional and how the certain section of the society backs open defecation. The film also shows revolt, father-son revolt, husband-wife revolt, revolt against the society and a revolution to bring about a change.

The movie starts with a group of women in a village woke up early morning and with lota (water vessel) in hand finishes up their natural call  in an open field before the male members of their houses wake up. It is a custom which the women of the village have been following throughout their life. 

But newly married Jaya Joshi (Bhumi Pednekar), a state topper, English speaking girl finds it difficult to accept the bogus tradition of the village and life became hell for her when she got married to 12th pass 36-year-old Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and was asked to join the lota party in the first morning. She revolts and insists on having a toilet at home.

But things were not easy for them as it sounds. Jaya and Keshav, madly in love and protective about one another decided to go against their family and society to have toilet at home. Keshav revolts against his father Panditji (Sudhir Pandey) who not at all favours of having a toilet at home promises but Keshav was not the one to step back and he continued his revolution. Keshav is trapped under the rigid mindset of the society and corrupt politicians.

To change the typical mind-set of the society was not easy for Keshav but his wife Jaya was his courage and inspiration and they together fought for a change.   

The film has many funny instances, like in the first half Akshay Kumar and Divyendu Sharma shares some funny moments. Akshay Kumar getting married to Mallika bhabhi(Mallika is the name of the buffalo) as he was Mangalik made the audience split their sides.

Speaking about the performances, Akshay Kumar is as usual top-notch. He was free-flowing and performed his part with ease. Akki’s understanding of the character is mind-blowing.

Bhumi Pednekar was promising. Her chemistry with Akshay Kumar was amazing.

Shree Narayan Singh’s direction was commendable. Music was situational and soothing.

In the nutshell, the makers of ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’ deserves full kudos as they have picked up a crucial subject and delightfully brought the issue alive on the silver screen.