B'Towners grace special screening of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha


"Toilet Ek Prem Katha" starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pendnekar in the lead roles, the film casting Anupam Kher and Sana Khan as the supporting cast.

That's right, the film repeatedly shows that toilets don't exist in this village near Mathura because the women take great pride in their "lota party". At dawn and dusk these women are at increased risk of rape and/or kidnap. Watch it at least for Akshay Kumar, his efforts and the cause the movie tries to raise.

The movie has been talk of the town not just because of its unusual concept, but also for several controversies, which included the leak controversy, stalking debate and even the CBFC issue. Playing a happy-go-lucky man in the movie, the actor is rarely himself. The movie which is directed by Shree Narayan Singh co-produced by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey.

The film that has already made a mark before the release, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha hit the silver screen today. Few scenes also seemed unconvincing.

The second quarter follows up the after marriage story and the adverse conditions faced by the newly married couple from the same society who never let them had a bathroom in the house.

Then the stalker-turned-groom whom Jaya wakes up at around 4am following their wedding night says "Teen baar utha chuki ho, main bhi insan hoon" this is a rehashed version of a dialogue Akshay Kumar used in 2004's Khakee where he said "Kya kar rahi ho, raat bhar sone nahi dia, aadmi hoon machine nahi".

Anyway, a TV reporter specifically announces that the sarkar has built three million toilets in the past three years. The 155-minute film ideally should have been done within a neat 135 to 140, and the interval could have been worked in after the issue-based part of the story got a start. Who knows anything of the India that existed before that year. Yes, you might hear the word ' toilet' multiple times throughout the film but you will soon get comfortable with it. Small mercy that Toilet stops at its devotion to notebandi. The film is getting good feedback from the fans even before the release. Also, when the film focuses so much on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, was there a need for the in-your-face propaganda?

What should have been paean to the potty has ended up being a dishonest paean to Modi. This is the problem with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which had the potential to become a deep, dark satirical take on one of the biggest problems that still shamefully plagues India: defecation in the open.

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