TOILET – EK PREM KATHA
The entire nation is being sweeped in the Swaach Bharat Abhiyaan spearheaded by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his efforts to provide good sanitation to everybody include the remote villages and interiors where the female folk still have to defecate in hiding in isolated places though they are still abused by the men folk who are warped in their old customs and Bharatiya Sanskriti. Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) are a newly married couple who are very much in love but when Jaya discovers that her now husband’s house has no toilet and all the women folk have to rise up early and go to the fields with a pail of water and defecate in the open, a thought which shocks her and the sheer foolishness of this overwhelms her. She requests Keshav to build a toilet for in the house or else she threatens to leave him. But Keshav’s rigid father Panditjee (Sudhir Pandey) abhors the total idea of having to have a toilet in the place where the sacred tulsi plant is worshipped in the courtyard of the house. Now Keshav is caught between his wife and his father and his only ally is his cousin brother and friend (Divyendu Sharma) who keeps him in good spirits. Then Keshav and Jaya brainstorm to take the issue to a top level including the media, the government and even the bureaucracy. A kind government officer (Rajesh Sharma) helps them in their quest and their matter reaches the CM of the state and what happens next forms the major crux of the film.
Akshay Kumar is a superstar and he proves it in every facet of his role. Bhumi Pednekar is a firebrand actress and delivers a strong performance. The veterans like Anupam Kher and Sudhir Pandey are around with impressive performances. Divyendu Sharma is an absolute delight to watch. Rajesh Sharma does well. Sachin Khedekar is good in a cameo. Sana Khan in a brief role is watchable. The rest of the cast is adequate. Director editor Shree Narayan Singh does a good job. The music could have been better though music composer Vickey Prasad has composed a few good songs. Technically a polished film.