Movie Review | Toilet - Ek Prem Katha

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CAST: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Divyendu, Sudhir Pandey, Anupam Kher

DIRECTOR: Shree Narayan Singh

DURATION: 2 hours 41 minutes


Inspired by a true story, ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ mirrors a truth, shuns superstition, and hits the right spot through smart direction and skillful writing. Director Shree Narayan wonderfully showed how a serious issue like ‘open defecation’ is an essential part of Indian rural life in the most humorous manner.


Keshav’s (Akshay Kumar) life looks all complete as he gets married to Jaya (Bhumi). But as soon as she discovers that her husband’s house has no toilet and he can’t build one because of prevalent religious beliefs she decides to leave him. This prompts Keshav, who is willing to go all the way for Jaya, to rebel against society and his own father (Sudhir Pandey) who refuses to budge from his anti-toilet stand.

The film is a satirical, humorous and light take on the buzzing issue while showing the love story of that lover, who is willing to go to any lengths for his beloved. Also, it is an eye-opening journey of how we need to build toilets for our women through dramatic conflicts between the lead couple. 

The film tends to get a bit stretched after the interval but that is kind of predictable if you are addressing an unsettled topic like open defecation. But it is not something you can't sit through. Since you hear the word ' toilet' multiple times throughout the film but you will soon get comfortable with it.

The robust love-story between the actors strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and education. Every characteristic of rustic UP life is captured with perfection. Akshay Kumar’s comic timing is spot-on, and his jokes with Divyendu Sharma are hilarious. Divyenndu Sharma is like a breath fresh of air. Yet again Bhumi Pednekar proves that she is a brilliant actor. Soundtracks like Hans Mat Pagli, Bakheda and Gori Tu Lath Maar are hummable.

Overall, a good entertainment which will make you give some serious thoughts about the issue of ‘open defecation’ after leaving the theatre.

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