It has become a trend in Hindi cinema to give out everything about the film in the trailer itself. Toilet Ek Prem Katha had one such trailer that left no curiosity. This lead to many hesitant minds whether to watch the film or no. Toilet Ek Prem Katha is somewhat what trailer is all about but it has many other things in it that makes the film worth watching.
The narrative of Toilet Ek Prem Katha is very linear. Some times it work in the favour of the film and some times it just joins the same club of films that take the ordinary route to arrive at the conclusion. Initially the film concentrates only on Prem Katha. Shree Narayan Singh offers you enough drama making you think there is lots more than just the stuff in the trialer but that feeling is short lived. The love at first sight kind of romance between Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) is old school but you do not mind it. Boy stalks girl, girl gives it back to the boy, his impressive response makes the girl change her mind about the boy and they end up getting married. Shree Narayan Singh does not forget the roots of the plot and makes sure he has an orthodox thought angle to every situation in the film. In romantic track its getting married to a buffalo or finding a bride with double thumb. It is the second half of the first half that has every possible impressive factor of the film. Writing is unique, pace is perfect, editing is superb and it is filled with immense thrill. Interval scene literally makes you impatient.
Second half sadly does not have enough fun even though here it is all about the Toilet. Writer duo Siddharth-Garima lack that spark to create something never seen before. They take the conventional route of protests, politics, news etc thankfully social media is spared here. These portions in the film look so so monotonous but the background score take them to a different level making them bearable. At places the powerful performances save them. You actually don’t mind Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar shouting their lungs out to make their point which could have been said in simple and calm manner. Climax is like writers turning off thier brains because suddenly people have changed their mind over things they were adamant about since childhood. Difficult to believe these things and even hard to digest them. Toilet Ek Prem Katha also has some logical flaws like distance between Keshav and Jaya’s house. Sometimes they travel by train, sometimes by bike and sometime by rickshaw to cover this distance. Rains before Holi is another example.
Siddharth-Garima along with Shree Narayan Singh has put light on a very important issue. Film has a beautiful line “problem jab tak khud ki na ho woh problem nahi lagti” Shree Narayan Singh explains this in the most apt manner in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. He brilliantly portrays the regressive thinking of small town people, difficulties the educated ones face in these small towns, their suffocation, women against women, changing thoughts of the husband after getting married to a highly educated wife and many more.
Shree Narayan Singh has his own style of execution of telling ordinary things differently. The entire film right from writing to its message is simple but he tells it in such a way making it look very new. His editing is a bit problematic in second half. The film looks dragged for no reason. At some point it even feels never ending. Shree Narayan Singh has taken great help of background score here but it fails to hide this lengthy flaw. Full marks for shooting the film in real locations. It adds so much value to the film. There is a little bit of shabby VFX which is easily avoidable. Production Design and Costumes are rightly done. Background score plays a saviour at many places in the film. Music suits the film. Whether these compositions deserves a place in your library or no depends on your taste of music.
By now Akshay Kumar has increased his fan following with unimaginable numbers. Good part about him is that he does not disappoint them with his act. In Toilet Ek Prem Katha he is a husband every women would wish for. Ignoring wife’s demands at the beginning and then becoming the best husband ever on the planet. Apart from being everyone’s favourite he has got his act right be it his dialogues or his mannerisms or his entire look. The uncontrollable happiness after getting married, shifting mountains to meet his wife’s demands is all beautifully portrayed by Akshay Kumar. He is proving himself as a national award winning actor. Bhumi Pednekar surprises you with her powerful act. She does not goes unnoticed under Akshay’s charm or his star power. She makes her presence felt and leaves a lasting impact with her stunning performance. Divyendu Sharma is a talent to look out for. He makes sure he grabs your attention every time he is on screen. He perfectly suits as Akshay’s younger brother in the film. He has got some amazing dialogues and few lines in the songs as well and he owns his character like nobody’s business. The other actor that creates hungama in the film is Sudhir Pandey. He delivers a powerful act. His role may not have the prominence but his act surely is a highlight performance. Anupam Kher and Rajesh Sharma play their parts well but are not exceptional in this one.
Overall Toilet Ek Prem Katha has more than one reasons to watch the film. The Prem and Katha in the film are beautifully blended. The film is somewhere between above average and very good; yes you read it right there is no scope of the film being just good. Half point extra for the efforts and making a film on such topic.