Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has received fairly good reviews from critics. The film has scored 2.8 stars from few reviews that we have added to this page.
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Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review by Indicine
Toilet Ek Prem Katha has been shot in the Mathura region of the country. The camerawork isn’t great but it sticks to the directors plan and keeps things simple. The production design is shabby and costume design is authentic. The editing of Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a bit lazy because there’s no reason the film needed to be this long (2:45 minutes). The music is average with none of the songs making a huge mark. Hans Mat Pagli, Lath Maar and Bakheda all work well within the context of the movie.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review by Bollywood Hungama
TOILET – EK PREM KATHA’s first scene, depicting how the women bond while on their way to the fields, sets the mood of the film. Akshay’s entry happens suddenly and this sequence serves no purpose to the rest of the film. The entire stalking bit is slightly objectionable but keeping in mind the small town element, it works. The marriage happens all of a sudden but the film takes a turn when Jaya finds out that there is no toilet in her marital home. The intermission point is terrific and takes the film to another level. The second half too has its moments. The scenes where Jaya ridicules the women for not standing up for their rights and Keshav’s outburst after his toilet is destroyed are highly memorable. On the flipside, the film gets too long and should have been shorter by at least 20 minutes. Few scenes also seemed unconvincing. More unbelievable is when the ‘lota party’ ladies suddenly revolt against their husbands.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
Akshay is the backbone of this satire. His inner journey as an actor pays dividends and he delivers yet another topnotch performance. Half a star in the rating is rightfully his. Bhumi is perfect in her rendition of the feisty Jaya and Divyendu is a terrific comic. The presence of veterans, Pandey and Kher, is unmissable. The screenplay is peppered with loads of LOL moments balanced correctly with emotional outbursts. As bonus, you get a hummable soundtrack with Hans Mat Pagli, Bakheda and Gori Tu Lath Maar. So whether you have pressing matters to attend to or not, please take a detour to this toilet. Each of us needs to raise a stink about what our countrymen do in the open.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
This kind of film, where the s**t literally hits the fan, where you can see real turd droppings, and the dialogue is filled with such ‘sanskaari-sarkaari’ words like ‘soch’, ‘shauchalaya’ and ‘sandaas’, needs a light touch. You need the ‘khadi boli’ of Mathura, where the film is set, spoken with a great deal more authenticity. And above all, if you are going to give me a feisty heroine who is happy to throw off her ‘ghoonghat’, and rail against patriarchy, you should not make her touch anyone’s feet. If you are making a film that hoists a flag for a strong feminist ideal, then don’t waver, and confuse it with stuffing the film with too many issues. Otherwise, you dilute and confuse things, especially because your lead actors have stayed the smelly course.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
The film doesn’t look preachy at all; rather the issue of no toilet is shown in a quirky way. The USP of the film is its dialogues, which are written well. The first half is a little slow and overstretched but manages to sail through till the interval because of its comic punches. Despite all the positives, the length of the film is an issue.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is inspired by a true incident reported from Madhya Pradesh village a few years ago, but little that it offers by way of insight rings true. Some of the dialogues are cringe-worthy, the dramatic moments gratingly shrill, and the solutions utterly facile.
Review by Tushar P Joshi on Bollywood Life
Toilet has a weak and shaky second half. It is so stretched and agonisingly painful that you just might take multiple loo breaks before the end credits roll in. The makers go overboard in ensuring the commercial viability of the film by putting in too many songs and dramatic face offs post interval. Keshav and Bhumi who felt real and empathetic in the first half become nagging and annoying in the second. Also despite having an important message to convey the film gets too preachy and serous towards the end. Keshav’s scenes with his father have such loud over the top background music that you feel a TV soap is being played out on the big screen. Also the message of the film could have been a 15 minute public service announcement, perhaps it would have championed the cause better ? But to have a two and half hour long film about sanitation and defecation problems starts losing its sheen on the entertainment quotient. The songs like I mentioned don’t really add any value to the story neither do they help the tempo of the film.
Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ talks about how the government has issued several reforms and programmes for the benefit of the people but at the same time it is also important for the citizens to do their bit. Anshuman Mahaley’s cinematography gives us some brilliant shots to remember, especially from the Holi song. But there is one problem which haunted me throughout the run-time. And it is the kind of diction used by the characters. They simply can’t maintain the linearity and that gives a sour taste at times. The surprise package is Divyendu Sharma. As Keshav’s younger brother, he is dayum entertaining and his presence lights-up the screen with funny punches.
Review by Samrudhi Ghosh on India Today
What works for the film is the hinterland humour. In an elaborate sequence, Akshay Kumar’s character gets married to a buffalo to get rid of his “manglik dosh”. It is the laughs which take away your unease about the length of the two-and-a-half-hour-long film. If you can manage to overlook its preachiness at times, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is worth the price of your ticket, GST included.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Kumar and Pednekar have a chemistry that’s visible in songs, even in the weirdly worded ‘Has mat pagli pyaar ho jayega’. Kumar, of course, is the backbone of Toilet Ek Prem Katha, but Pednekar is no less a contributor to this story. At 155 minutes, Toilet Ek Prem Katha is just short of becoming another Akshay Kumar masterclass in comedy, but it has enough to entertain you. And who knows, you might name your own toilet on some historic monument!
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which clocks 175 minutes, would have benefited from tighter editing and fewer number of songs that showcase courtship, heartbreak and divorce. Actors Sudhir Pandey (who plays the inflexible, traditionalist dad), Divyendu Sharma (Keshav’s jovial brother) and Anupam Kher (the naughty granddad with a penchant for watching raunchy Bollywood songs) complement the lead pair. While the intention of this film is noble and should be lauded, the love story gets lost in the din of indoctrinating the glorious Indian government’s honourable campaign. Watch this if you are in the mood to witness earnest acting performances, but if you are looking for a propaganda-free film, then this is not it.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
TEPK is a very unusual Hindi film. It addresses a very real problem in a light manner. Director Shree Narayan Singh makes his cast blend into the rural life with utmost sincerity. From the dialogues, the sets and the costumes, it all rings true. Singh captures emotional authenticity between the lead pair, and the families rather well. The brightest moments in the film are the ones between Keshav and Jaya – the director makes the romance and their angst come alive on screen. The first half is particularly laced with humour – sometimes even on the naughtier side. Akshay Kumar delivers a solid performance – he’s just as ease when he’s vigorously dancing on his wedding day as he is in the emotionally charged scenes in the second half. He literally makes the film his playground and has a lot of fun doing what he does best. Bhumi Pednekar matches Akshay step by step and is a delight on screen. Her feisty portrayal of Jaya is one of the film’s highlights. The very underrated Divyendu Sharma is outstanding.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Akshay Kumar has to be the most determined actor of our times. Be it comedy, action or social intervention — he laps it up with the same enthusiasm. One of the few survivors from his times to have made it to the millennial age, he has carefully chosen age-appropriate characters. That he plays a 36-year-old who has reached an unsuitable age for marriage, ensures he fits the part like a glove. Bhumi Pednekar lends her Jaya a distinct flair to draft a female who is firm and ferocious. But even while her character stages a protest and is unwilling to give in to her fate, she also laces her Jaya as a caring and concerned wife.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
TOILET: EK PREM KATHA could have been a masterstroke but it isn’t a lost hope either. In spite of its constipated second half and sluggish approach, the movie has its witty, satirical moments, terrific performances that entertain to the core and at least hint towards the open ‘shit’ that almost 54 percent of our proud digital India witnesses daily. Akshay Kumar deserves an extra pat on his back for highlighting it through a mainstream cinematic medium. Watch it at least for Akshay Kumar, his efforts and the cause the movie tries to raise.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The need of the hour is providing public toilets and teaching the masses to use these toilets instead of defecating and polluting rivers and ponds. But is this film any more than the filmmakers genuflecting to the government? Paying deep obeisance to the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India campaign)? That sort of sstinks, methinks
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is not a bad film as such, but it neither is the kind of a film that will inspire you or tug at your heart-strings or open your eyes about something. It made me feel that the makers did want to send across a message, but were not too passionate about it either and as such, the film lacks a strong emotional connect, though the issue tackled in the film is quite a serious one. The makers have gone out of their way to laud the Government in every way, including gushing about the demonetization scheme in one scene. The treatment is ham-fisted and half-hearted and the result is a preachy and patchy fare, which doesn’t entertain much beyond provoking a reluctant chuckle in a few scenes.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
It only works well when it allows Akshay Kumar’s influential charisma and Bhumi Pednekar’s fiery spirit to use their instinctive humour, warmth and spontaneity to build a relationship that’s based on something more sound and striking than the sight of Sudhir Pandey’s pee.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Director Shree Narayan Sharma and his writers use humor to tide over several bumps, and the supporting cast is strong. Sudhir Pandey is in very good form as Keshav’s stubborn father, unwilling to let go of his old-fashioned beliefs, and Divyendu Sharma lets the jokes rip as Keshav’s younger brother. It’s clear the film has its heart in the right place but the blatant pandering gets tiresome. Akshay Kumar brings just the right amount of levity and Bhumi Pednekar shines. It’s the sloppy writing that is the culprit here. Toilet Ek Prem Katha had potential but it’s only sporadically entertaining.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
A lot of this ‘sundowner sundaas’, beyond poverty, as this picture so perceptively argues, has to do with ‘sanskaar’, wherein Indians see the toilet as an impure outlet to access anywhere inside the house, or near the kitchen. This is quite in line with how most Indians keep their own homes spick and span, even taking their shoes off as they enter, and yet don’t think twice before throwing all their muck, right outside the door.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
This is essentially a cause-without-pause melodrama set at an opulent octave. Happily, director Shree Narayan Singh counterbalances those shrill notes of selfrighteousness and propaganda with just the right doses of warmth, humour and irony. Don’t look for subtlety in the storytelling in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and you will come away a happy viewer with some relevant thoughts on how non-metropolitan India exists without caving into a depression.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
I’m unable to reconcile this unevenness in writing. At one hand you have heavy-handed dialogue and shabbily written scenes that focus only on the drama. And on the other hand, you have important issues taken up with reasonable detail. For Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is also a lot about how one segment of society takes the other for granted – be it across the urban/rural, powerful/oppressed, man/woman, educated/uneducated or rich/poor divide. Each of these divides has one party with an upper hand and that party is oblivious to how the other party is thriving. You do see multiple facets being played out. Unfortunately, they are bogged down by their own heavy-handedness
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