Breaking the Bollywood flop curse of 2017! Toilet Movie Review

Breaking the Bollywood flop curse of 2017! Toilet Movie Review




Keshav (Akshay Kumar) is a 36 year old man whose wedding has been postponed for years due to a ‘dosh’ in his ‘kundali’. His father demands a bride for him that, has two thumbs on her right hand. When he meets Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar), by accident outside a toilet, he falls head over heals for her. He then stalks her for a while. As Jaya confronts him and scolds him, he walks off never to be seen around her again. The roles then get reversed, as Jaya realizes her love for him, and goes on a stalking spree of her own. Things turn out great as they plant a prosthetic thumb on her hand and get married. Jaya then makes Keshav realize what a lack of a toilet meant for women, and he embarks on a long struggle to find her a toilet everyday, to do her business. Jaya makes the decision to leave him when she once gets left on a train that she had boarded to use the washroom. The whole fiasco gets public notice and a struggle ensues to finally get a toilet in the village, as well as the house. 




After a long dry spell in Bollywood, a movie of this caliber has come out that might just be the first, this year, to become a commercial and critical hit. The movie genuinely brings to light various issues with the public, the media, and the government.

But, it does not let itself get lost in trying to bring social awareness. The story is only complimented with these side-tracks, and only the limited needed attention is provided for these tracks.

Acting needs no review. Be it the lead characters, like Bhumi, Akshay, or their respective family members in the movie, or the characters in smaller roles, like the Panchayat head, or Rajesh Sharma, who plays a government official, everyone is focused and living the character that they need to.

Not a single flaw, in acting can be found anywhere in the movie. Just the Lota Party seems a bit too enthusiastic to be a part of the story, but we guess that can be ignored. The parental guidance tag on the certificate is a must, to keep in mind, because the Lota Party does not hold back.

The Music is just in the right proportions and does not take away from the smooth storytelling. Songs are short and add the right amount of Bollywood feel for the hardcore Bollywood fans.

The direction is seamless, and the story does not digress. Fresh dialogues add humour to the movie in a subtle way, but also ensure that the smile doesn’t fade away from the audiences face. A true laugh riot, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is a close to reality, Modi preaching movie with a ‘tadka’ of Bollywood. Just a few loopholes take away two stars from this movie!

Bollypedia rating: 3/ 5 stars

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