Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three Stars)

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Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Divyendu Sharma, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Sharma, Sudhir Pandey

Director: Shree Narayan Singh

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review

What’s Good: Performances, honest attempt at tackling a social issue, funny moments in the first half & few dramatic moments in the second half.

What’s Bad: Slow pace, goes haywire in the second half, steps over the line to be preachy, too many unnecessary songs.

Loo Break: In many songs!

Watch or Not?: Yes! Because despite of flaws the issue raised in the film is something everyone should be aware of.


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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, the name of the film says it all. It’s a love story binded with a subject of tackling defecation in open. It’s an intriguing subject and can be explored in many ways. This is a story about Keshav (Akshay Kumar), a 12th fail 36-year-old bachelor who’s forcefully trapped with the traditional rituals applied by his father. His father, Pandit Ji (Sudhir Pandey) is someone who’ll u-turn his bike rather than going through the road crossed by a cat. On the other hand, there’s quirky, full of life, carrying I-don’t-give-a-shit about world attitude Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar). Science has already proven, opposite attracts and these two poles-apart personalities get one.

The main issue starts when they get married. Jaya’s outburst when she gets to know there’s no sanitization facility at Keshavs house, Keshav’s attempts to challenge the years-old tradition and Pandit Ji’s baseless persistence of disallowing of toilet facility at his home is what the plot revolves around. There’s much more to the story than this and those moments make the film watchable.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review: Script Analysis

The movie is full of happy-realisation moments and dialogues like “Zyada pada likhai fail kar deti hai.” When you decide to display an issue which many are unaware about you need something to attract them, a love story in the film is one of those reasons. The first half of the film is full of some hilarious moments and second half depends majorly on drama. One issue I had with the script is it takes a lot of time to build and when it’s finally at the peak, things get done very quickly.

Director has made sure to infuse some fun moments in between to not stare the attention away from the audience. The second half is full of high emotional drama moments which tend to slow down the pace at places. A good movie should have a good intermission point and this has a very good one. Songs in the film seem to be forcefully injected in the screenplay. If the songs would’ve been good this wouldn’t have been much of a problem, but they are pretty average.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review: Star Performance

Akshay Kumar as Keshav is as honest as one can get. He has lived the role and is a perfect choice to send out this message. He makes you laugh, leaves your eyes moist and even provokes the emotions in you with his super-energetic opposition. His accent for a man living in Uttar Pradesh is perfect.

Bhumi Pednekar is the biggest revelation of the film. She as Jaya is the face of every girl who has ever faced this issue. She just makes you fall for her charm. It’s hard to master a de-glam role and she has nailed it. Her dialogue delivery, expressions are at the top of the game.

Divyendu Sharma is a surprise package of the film. His chemistry with Akshay Kumar is the base of fun in the film. Anupam Kher makes his presence felt as Bhumi Pednekar’s grandfather who loves to watch Sunny Leone’s movies. Sudhir Pandey as Akshay Kumar’s father will annoy you and that’s where he scores well.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review: Direction, Music

Direction by Shree Narayan Singh is not lofty but is just about good. It could’ve been done better. Screenplay looks very repetitive, thanks to some good moments which hide this flaw. Editing of the film too is not at par and it easily could’ve been a few minutes shorter. Some scenes just don’t make sense and do nothing but drag the plot.

The movie follows the path of multiple composers and this is where it fails. Music by Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar and Sachet-Parampara is the weakest link of the film. Background score by Surender Sodhi is good at times but meh at others.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha Review: The Last Word

This is an honest attempt to tackle something that exists but not many are aware of it. This film will make you laugh, feel and most importantly think. Watch this for Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s true-to-the-soul performances.

Three stars!

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Toilet: Ek Prem Katha releases on 8th August 2017.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. Film like jab harry met sejal will get 3.5 star which is nothing but disaster n movie like toilet ek prem katha will get 3 star despite people loving it

  2. Its too long nd moralistic. Despite standout performances by Aki and Bhumi the film fails to engage or connect with uh largely coz of its snail paced tempo along with full moral advice’s… 2/5

  3. Koimoi is such a crap..always rating stupid and meaningless movie like JHMS high at 3.5 and now a beautiful lovely movie like TEPK with social message getting just 3. Such a waste site.

  4. We all know the quality of akshay kumar films. 3 stars for the film which consists of good social message along with entertainment isn’t something we cant accept. C’mon man saying loo breaks in some songs doesnt means the film isnt great. What a bunch of losers critics.

  5. akshay kumar k hath ek formula agaya hai k kam budget mei film banao with ordinary story ,100 crore tu kama hi laygi kyo k ab mei desh bhagat actor jo ban gaya ho,what an actor budget of his films 18 to 30 crore,100 to 120 crore kama leti hai tu super hit.itna bara actor hai tu 100 crore mei film banai aur 200 crore kar k dekhaiy.overseas box office max 5 mil b nai hoteh is actor se for his super hit movie.hahaha.

  6. jhms loved by young generation which is called teen.and for tepk budho ki film with hai jo apne aap ko kuch ziada bara aur intelligent samajtey hai jaisa k hai nai.

  7. Honestly I wasn’t interested in this movie since i thought it will revolve around social message about which i don’t care since i was using toilet since childhood. Anyway friends ask me to join so I watched the movie. It was so beautiful love story, I didn’t see at social aspect but their struggle and standing for each other throughout movie. It connect so much with me. JHMS being a love story failed to show any chemistry or even spark and this TEPK being a movie concerning social issue was such a fabulous love story.

  8. Koimoi bhi bikh gya kya… JHMS ko 3.5 star deta h aur Toilet ko 3… Waah critics sahab!! Fipm review krna koi aap se sikhe…

  9. Tepk i an awsm movie i think koimoi critics is little choosie bcoz they gave jhms 3.5 and to this movie 3 it is not true tepk should have atlest 4/5. also they gave 4/5 for bahubali 2, this is not worth it. It deserves atleast 4.9/5. Bollywood should not feel jealous bcoz bahubali also an indian movie, sorry i have to say it is indian proud sensation. We are very lucky that we saw movie like bahubali by indian cinema. It is too better than mughl e aazam, sholey, ddlj n many more bollywood blockbusters.

  10. I show TEPK on Saturdsy, what a movie. It had great story and social message for Indian culture. We live in such a fake social society, which requires different mindset. People in India are biggest hypocrite and never want to change themselves to make them great again. We need to wake-up from our fake culture and take a stand against such a bad old thought process. Great movie, and please keep India clean.

  11. Awesome !!
    Loveable movie. Great acting by Akashay and Bhumi. In fact Bhumi is a surprise. Such flawless and honest display of emotions to suit the situation.
    Definitely deserves 4 stars.

  12. Jab hari mate sajal ko 3.5 stars or toilet ek prem katha ko 3 stars …samajh nahi aaya…..kis tarah se star dete ho….
    Lagta hai koi moi balo ko pata nahi tha ki Jab hari mate sajal flop ho jayegi….

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