Toilet Ek Prem Katha Movie Review

Akshay Kumar has been hitting it out of the park recently by choosing to do innovative movies with a patriotic or a social angle (Baby, Airlift, Rustom, Jolly LLB2). And this strategy has started paying back very well for him. Now he’s back with another rooted patriotic (?) film in the form of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. The trailers have promised us a rooted film based in the Hindi heartland of India which highlights and brings to the fore an important social evil about the country. But that would mean nothing if the film isn’t entertaining. Is it?

Story: Keshav (Akshay) is a manglik and has to marry a cow to get rid of his manglikness. He’s 36 and still unmarried but eventually he sees a girl Jaya (Bhumi), who is a college topper and is almost a dozen or so years younger than him. He goes after her and clicks her photo and even uses her pics while advertising his cycle shop. Jaya flips out on him but as it always happens in Hindi films, she cools down and falls in love with him. They finally get married.. and that’s when shit hits the fan. Jaya discovers that there’s no toilet in Keshav’s house and all the women have to go to the fields to finish their early morning work. She decides to try it out but discovers perverts who follow the women during their activities. She gives Keshav an ultimatum to build a toilet in the house but Keshav’s father doesn’t want that because he thinks of a toilet in the house as an evil thing. Jaya leaves. Keshav has to then fight not only his father but also the government machinery and bureaucracy to get what his wife needs.

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

Toilet Ek Prem Katha Review

Review: Toilet Ek Prem Katha has all the makings for an uplifting important social message but the message gets bundled first by the love story which takes too long to come to fruition, and then by the overstretched fight of Keshav against the whole system. And what’s even more bothersome is that the film tries its level best not to anger the ruling government (a case of corruption shown in the film conveniently happened 5 years ago). But having said that, not all is lost with this film. It has its heart set in the right place. The love story is very rooted to desi values and the courtship period can be termed as cute (urban folk might call it stalking). Shree Narayan Singh, the director, tries his best to imbibe masala elements to this PSA of a film but misses out on subtlety which holds the film back. Thankfully enough though, Toilet Ek Prem Katha doesn’t bore too much even with its almost 3 hours long running time. And the story of a man fighting the system can be inspiring to a lot of people.

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.

Acting: Akshay Kumar looks a bit jaded but his look is spot on. And he is in fine form as Keshav, the naive but middle aged newly married husband who wants his wife back. He makes all the right noises with his dialogue delivery and mannerisms. It is great to see an Indian superstar regularly talk about social upliftment in his films. Bhumi Pednekar returns in her second film after Dum Laga Ke Haisha, and she has the potential to become the lead actress in movies which are set in the Hindi heartland of the country. She plays her part well, and with confidence but gets overshadowed by the stardom and presence of Akshay Kumar. Divyendu Sharma is there as a comic sidekick and does his job well. Sudhir Pandey, the veteran actor, is an effort of fine casting and is perfect in his role. Anupam Kher’s presence in the film officially makes it a ruling government manifesto.

Conclusion: Toilet Ek Prem Katha can be grating; it is overstretched, has a needlessly long love story but eventually it has its heart set in the right place. It highlights one of the most important problems prevalent in our country today – open defecation. And even if it convinces one family to build a toilet it would have done its job. What also helps the film is that it doesn’t bore much even with such a long running time. Films with a socially important message need entertainment to make it work and Toilet ends up being a film that is not short on the entertainment factor. Cityfolk might have trouble connecting with the film’s plot but rural folk are sure to like the film’s rootedness.

Pros:

  • Akshay is in fine form in this socially relevant film
  • Highlights an important evil of India
  • There are not many boring patches in the film
  • Bhumi Pednekar is confident
  • Casting is appropriate

Cons:

  • Didn’t have any business being almost 3 hours long
  • Love story part is too stretched
  • Can come across as a propaganda film
  • Technically not a lot of attention has been paid to the aesthetics of the film
Rating: ★★★☆☆
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95 Comments

  • You have taken a repeated jibe that it’s a propaganda film of ruling party which is obviously not.
    The ruling party doesn’t sponsored this film. But my point is even if it suits government initiative of Swachh Bharat what’s wrong in it.
    Also it’s sheer stupidity and total bias to think that Anupam Kher’s presence in the film making it as ruling government manifesto. Total bankruptcy of imagination!
    The film is promoting an important social cause so content wise it is already a winner.
    Next time try giving reviews to merits of film without personal bias.

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  • Just watched the movie…really good movie with good message…and performances stand out..must watch..will be going again on Sunday with my family and I m pretty sure family audiences will lap it up which they usually do for Akshay’s movies..my prediction 13crs today and then 16+19 on sat-sun and again 10+17 on mon-tue so week 1 will be 85 crs for sure..can go higher as well..best of luck #teamtoilet..

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  • I m a big fan of akshay but this movie is so bornig 2nd half and faltu ka love story
    khas ni h movie bocus h.
    jo bi dekhega usko boring hi lagegi movie.

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  • Toilet Ek Prem Katha Reviews by Critics:Akshay Kumar’s TEPK has received mixed reviews from critics. The averagerating is 2.7 which is the lowest for Akshay Kumar since Housefull 3.*.Postive: 6*.Neutral: 1*.Negative: 5*.Avg Rating: 2.7/5TEPK Review by Gulf NewsRating: 2/5While 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.TEPK Review by Khaleej TimesRating: 3/5Overall, it is a good entertainer which leaves you with a food for thought after you exit the movie hall. Yes, you might hear the word ‘ toilet’ multiple times throughout the film but you will soon getcomfortable with it. Go for the film, if you are looking for a well-scripted film backed by power-packed performancesby the actors.TEPK Review by MasalaRating: N/AToilet: Ek Prem Katha might have sounded great on paper, but loses impact in its telling. The film gets way too loopy and indulgent that I actually heard someone say ‘What crap man!’ aptly summing up a film called Toilet.TEPK Review by Bollywood LifeRating: 2/5Toilet Ek Prem Katha is too long and preachy. Despite standout performances by Akshay and Bhumi the film fails to engage or connect with you largely because of its snail paced tempoand long Sunday school styled monologues.TEPK Review by Indian ExpressRating: 2/5This kind of film, where the s**t literally hits the fan, where you can see real turd droppings, and the dialogue is filled withsuch ‘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 withtoo many issues. Otherwise, you dilute and confuse things, especially because your lead actors have stayed the smelly course.TEPK Review by NDTVRating: 2/5When a Bollywood filmmaker turns cheerleader for a government drive, especially when the jury is still out on its success rate, you know you’ve been had. Unless you believe in this kind of propagandist stuff, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is as avoidable as what it rightly rails against –

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  • It will not cross tubelight collection despite have few holiday plus tax-free in some state.
    Moreover good review compare to tubelight still it will fail to collect tubelight collection.
    Jhms failed to collect tubelight collection now tepk also going same way tubelight have too much negativity still it collected 100+ cr.
    No of screen does not matter film also need audience if any film have more screen.
    Power of Salman is with weak film full of negativity around the film still it collected 120cr.

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    • audience didn’t watch any movie for long time before Tubelight release..It also was a very Big Holiday where people had nothing to do so decided to watch it and I can confirm this that at least 70% people who watched didn’t like it

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    • tubelight have EID idiot we all know what happen when the EID end and without eid lifetime will be only around 85cr at the same rang as fan&brothers

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  • “Films with a socially important message need entertainment to make it work and Toilet ends up being a film that is not short on the entertainment factor ”

    These lines✌ satisfying review ..thnks

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  • Day 1-13cr
    Day2-16 cr
    Day 3-20cr

    Approx Weekend-50cr

    Monday-10cr
    Tuesday-18cr (Holiday)
    Wednesday-7Cr
    Thursday-6 crores
    1st Week-90
    2ndweek-27
    3rd week-8
    Lifetime collection-125-130cr

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  • I swear first u r asking for a movie to not be preachy so the movie tried showing u the social message in an indirect way through a love story but u again have problems because it is a love story and not a direct preachy movie..
    Ffs try to enjoy it..
    Movie is good..doesnt make u feel like it is overpreachy and does it’s teachings in subtle manners…has a few plot holes but which movie doesn’t..?? I liked the songs in the film. The acting was also good..what is there to not like in this film..??

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  • Class audience wnt even think abt watchng tis stinky movie Toilet

    toilet is for those who use public places to offload there waste

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