Rating: 3.5/5 Hit

Toilet - Ek Prem Katha Review

by Rajat Srivastav

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It's ironical yet true ! The screenplay is filled with so many \"jugaads\" and elements that it will definitely win some hearts. Yet the pacing of the movie is both fast and slow at times and a 15 minute trimming could have helped to take the movie to the next level. Nevertheless the movie is clean , fun and an engrossing fare despite a wafer-thin premise as already shown in the trailer.

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The best part of the movie is that it completely justifies the title. Both the toilet and the prem katha are realistically put together and the characters are all make believe.

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However a few questions to the makers ?

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  1. Is it a pro- government vehicle ? Why would you emphasize that the toilet scam didn't happen now but 4 years back and the current government is doing its bit? Even reference to monetization though clap-worthy is about maintaining good offices it seems.
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  3. Will it win grants from the Govt ?
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  5. The waiver of Entertainment tax seems obvious given the 'Swach Bharat' theme and inclusion of such sequences to depict the same. Was it pre-empted ?
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  7. Lastly the budget despite the presence of a mega start has been kept tight so that it definitely turns out to be a money spinner. Is it part of the plan
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  9. If the answer is yes to all of the above ,  than all the above elements are certainly laudable as viewer gets his due of entertainment and makers have played their cards well too.
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So is it a High 5 ( Book tickets) or a Low 5 (Skip), let's see !

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The love story has its moments and slowly you get engaged and hooked on to Keshav and Jaya's world thanks to performances from the lead pair !

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Make believe characters like Akshay's brother Pyar ka Punchnama's lovable Divyendu who bring in comic relief and dependable Sudhir Pandey who puts in the right amount of obstacles and a forced character of Anupam Kher who is definitely enjoyable. The 'lota party' concept lifted from real life does show that how women seek enjoyment in misery !

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Screenplay has much more fun to offer from the storyline showcased in the trailer 

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And the spirit of Akshay Kumar and the endearing spirit of Bhumi help us reach 5 highs which warrant a ticket's worth ! Could have easily trimmed 15 minutes though !!!

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Still A High Five - Book tickets !

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Toilet - Ek Prem Katha review from other sources

BollywoodHungama 3/5

On the whole, TOILET – EK PREM KATHA, despite the minuses, integrates a strong social message with entertainment wonderfully and also questions several age old practises in the society. At the box office, no competition, holidays in the next week as well as tax exemptions in certain states are bound to help the film resonate with the audience.

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TimesOfIndia.com 4/5

Akshay is the backbone of this satire. His inner journey as an actor pays dividends and he delivers yet another topnotch performance. Half a star in the rating is rightfully his. Bhumi is perfect in her rendition of the feisty Jaya and Divyendu is a terrific comic. The presence of veterans, Pandey and Kher, is unmissable. The screenplay is peppered with loads of LOL moments balanced correctly with emotional outbursts. As bonus, you get a hummable soundtrack with Hans Mat Pagli, Bakheda and Gori Tu Lath Maar. So whether you have pressing matters to attend to or not, please take a detour to this toilet. Each of us needs to raise a stink about what our countrymen do in the open.

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NDTV 2/5

When 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 - open defecation.

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NowRunning.com 2/5

Toilet - Ek Premium Katha is a propaganda film, which attempts to tackle a serious issue of hygiene and open defecation but fails to make an impact.

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Rediff.com 2.5/5

It only works well when it allows Akshay Kumar's influential charisma and Bhumi Pednekar's fiery spirit to use their instinctive humour, warmth and spontaneity to build a relationship that's based on something more sound and striking than the sight of Sudhir Pandey's pee.

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filmibeat.com 2.5/5

'Parda soch se hata kar sauch pe lagane ka time aa gaya hai'- Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has its heart in the right place. But sadly, you just get to hear its faint beats!

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BehindWoods.com 2.25/5

Akshay's Toilet Ek Prem Katha has leakage in its screenplay, but the efforts need to be appreciated.

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Toilet - Ek Prem Katha

  • Shree Narayan Singh
  • Akshay Kumar
    Neeraj Pandey
    • Siddharth
      Garima
    • Friday Filmworks
      Plan C Studios
      Grazing Goat Productions
    • Aug 11, 2017
    • Hindi