The fuss going all around the nation on open defecation encouraged the film industry to generate something creative to make people aware of the issue. As everyone is aware of on October 2, 2014, the prime minister of India initiated ‘Clean India Mission’ aiming to achieve an open-defecation free country by October 2, 2019, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India. Keeping the issue in the mind, director Shree Narayan Singh and co-producers Neeraj Pandey & Akshay made the film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.’
The latest movie ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is a satirical comedy film supporting the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ leading Akashy Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar with Sana Khan and Anupam Kher in supporting roles.
The film is about high school dropout Keshav (Akashy Kumar) who runs his family’s bicycle store in a village near Mathura. His family is looking for a bride for him; in the meantime, he meets Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar), a city topper. Keshav falls in the love with the strong-willed Jaya Joshi and Jaya later agrees to marry him. She compels him to think about building a latrine in their house with a threat to divorce him if he doesn’t do it. What happens next in the film is what the movie all about.
Talking about Akshay’s comic timing, it is impeccable. Akki is seen tackling serious issues in his own funny manner. The best part of the movie is Keshav’s brother as Divyendu is a terrific comic as he blows away with his hilarious dialogues. The comedy of the film is what makes it worth watching, though the issue of rural India is quite important and serious one. Somewhere the film is delivering a vital social message to eradicate open-defecation by exploring age-old traditions in a satirical tone.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a robust love story striking a balance between entertaining and educating the masses. Romance of two-individuals with different lifestyle and mindset tempts young couples. There is a lecture part as well in the film where the actress Bhumi is watched telling the value of toilets to village women. So, the film actually has stability between love and social issue.
The film doesn’t sound preachy at all; rather it is shown in a quirky way. The Dialogues of the film are written very well that are admired for satirical comedy. The drawback of the film is its length. A ten-minute film bloats into a slow and overstretched film, patience-testing yet manages to sail through till the interval, all thanks to its best comic punches.
In a nutshell, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is a perfect weekend film for comedy lovers. You can enjoy the dialogues of the film with your family as well along with your friends.