A bucket of ‘high-priority’ message brimming to the top with good performances
We knew what’s this satirical comedy is about, we wanted to see how it weaves a script around the subject of sanitation in rural areas and how it portrays that.
The portrayal is entertaining, the script is good enough but it doesn’t leave an impact given the topic it touches.
Nonetheless, it sure gets its message delivered amidst sorting which part of film’s title the movie should focus on, toilet or prem katha
Watch it If you like -
Performances are good, Light-hearted and entertaining, Akshay-Bhumi pair up is interesting and fresh
But Beware of -
Unconvincing and dramatic situations, Too lengthy a film, The story turned dull and failed to grow in many parts
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Editor-director Shree Narayan Singh’s satire supports the governmental campaign Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the support was enough to highlight the issue. The film ended up being more like a preachy campaign in many parts, and in doing that it forgot that the script must be believable and not schematic.
Thankfully, the satirical part isn’t ignored and the film’s treatment stays light hearted throughout and entertaining in some parts.
Where the set-ups were realistic, we wanted the script to be too. In nutshell, the way the film’s subject is treated, the script isn’t.
Alekh (Story) – Patkatha (Screenlay)
Eradication of open defecation especially in rural areas and hence improve the sanitation conditions, the subject is relevant. The satirical take adopted to deliver this message is great.
But a thought-provoking and amusing subject will have its limits and will be left ineffectual if not provided with a convincing script. Especially when the film is inspired by a true story, the events in the film should have struck a chord.
The things one can relate to is the locations, rural set-up and the actors. The dialogues, situations, drama and climax, everything is quite filmy.
Its only in parts when the film is hard-hitting, believable and funny. In few scenes, the comic timing especially by Akshay Kumar is amazing. The first half is still good with beginning of the prem katha and toilet issues, it’s the second half that turns all hotchpotch, wanting to show everything and end the film in the lengthiest way possible.
The message, though gets delivered. The parallel subplot and message of women rights along with the sanitation part is nicely done. The film should be an eye-opener for many who still swear by old traditions, and eye drops for others who have their eyes open but refuse to take a step towards betterment of the society.
At times, when you feel the actors haven’t really acted, that’s when you know their performances were so earnest and natural that it didn’t seem like they are playing a part.
Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, except his comic timing, the actress on her second outing after 2015’s sleeper hit Dum Laga Ke Haisha, totally managed to perform flawlessly as the Khiladi. She was a bit high-pitched in parts but we will scapegoat the script and director. Their chemistry is fresh and charming. Akshay Kumar, always in his best form but not one of his finest performances. His comic timing and the way he delivers the most serious dialogue with quirk and sarcasm, that’s unmatchable.
Anupam Kher’s role is super lovely and so is the veteran actor’s act. Divyendu Sharma is very convincing in his role of Akshay’s younger brother and adds his individual spark to the film.
Sudhir Pandey is top-notch, one can relate to the film because of his role and act, he plays the villain in Toilet and you’ll know what it’s like to hate a person submerged in age-old traditions.
Geet Sangeet (Music)
The soundtrack is boring except ‘Hans Mat Pagli’. Thankfully not all songs were used in the film or else the length would have painfully increased.
Nirnay (FilmyCurry Verdict)
Coming from Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey combo, this film cannot match their earlier smashing films.
With good intent and entertainment, the film falls a little below in becoming ‘the’ Akshay Kumar film we have been waiting for.