Every review I write, I cannot help but complain about underwritten films this year. But seems like there is one well written film finally! After Haraamkhor and Anaarkali Of Aarah, Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a well written film, but (there always is a but) it needed heavy editing. The second half of the film, is too stretched.
The film is everything that you see in the trailer, no surprises there. But what the trailer couldn’t do justice to is the passion with with the film deals with the message it carries. Director Shree Narayan Singh does a good job while capturing that message and portraying it with the help of a love story, but the editing brings it down. They could have easily cut at least 30 minutes of run time.
With a social message, it is tough to take the film ahead on the shoulders of a love story. I wouldn’t say that the writers and director have been 100% successful in doing that, but their efforts deserve total praise.
But what is best is the acting, by both Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar. Over the years, with his choice of films, Kumar has definitely proved that he is one of the best in the industry. All of his films make a conscious effort of brining about a change that no one could have. And what’s better, his films genuinely make that change possible. He plays Keshav whose wife has gone back to her home. Initially Keshav is a timid guy but within, he’s fierce, and the transition that we see seems to be so natural – thanks to Akshay Kumar’s acting ability.
After Anushka Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar is probably YRF’s best find! Shanoo Sharma (casting head, YRF), you deserve an applause here. Right after Dum Laga Ke Haisha, I had developed a bias towards Pednekar, but this time around, she’s even better! Her Jaya is a strong, independent woman who wants a toilet, no matter what. If you thought a subtle Bhumi couldn’t shout, you’re wrong! Loved the “Hum toh auraten hai…” monologue.
I’m currently vouching for Shubh Mangal Saavdhan!
Also, look out for Divyendu Sharma. He plays Keshav’s younger brother but is the most adorable character on screen. His humour will make you laugh throughout.
The winner in the film, is definitely the message it leaves us with. I just couldn’t help but wonder how on earth do these people in these small villages manage without a thing as basic as a toilet? It literally broke my heart to imagine the case of open defacation.
All in all, Toilet Ek Prem Katha is not a perfect film, but you definitely cannot miss this one.