Toilet: Ek Prem Katha movie review: Critics call Akshay Kumar – Bhumi Pednekar’s film a little too preachy

Akshay Kumar has returned to the big screen with the third film of the year – Toilet: EK Prem Katha, It’s interestingly a simple love story that spread an important social message regarding hygiene and sanitation. Considering the plot-line was unusual  and it starred the hit maker, Akshay Kumar, the film soon became a topic of discussion. Here was a film that dared to take on an unusual yet relevant topic and make a film out of it. The film directed by Shree Narayan Singh has finally hit theatres! So what do the critics have to sya about this much awiated film? Read on to find out….Also Read: Toilet Ek Prem Katha movie review: Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s performances fail to save this film from becoming a bore fest

Times of India believes Akshay Kumar is the backbone of this unusual story: “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.”

NDTV called it a patchy, pulpy, protracted framework: Editor-director Shree Narayan Singh presents a corny, cringe-worthy mix of entertainment and edification in the service of the much tom-tommed Swachh Bharat campaign. In the end, it is no more than a filmed pamphlet – patchy, pulpy, preachy and painfully protracted. It is a classic case of flippant treatment and ham-fisted execution mutilating a serious subject beyond recognition.

Hindustan Times believes the important message this movie tried to give is clearly told in the first 50 minutes. “The fluid first half hits speedbreakers in the second half, and the prime among them is the theory of ‘fighting with sabhayata (with civility)’ that the director introduces. It widens the canvas and shifts focus to many parties, including the government. Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar keeps repeating how we should not expect the government to do everything for us.

Apart from this confusion, it’s a story that delivers a really important message about personal hygiene and proper sanitation system in rural areas. It’s just that we hear the messages clearly in the first 50 minutes.

Firstpost has clearly spoken about the Preo- Modi government propaganda: Toilet: Ek Prem Katha tells us the story of Jaya, a fictional woman just like these two. In text flashing on screen before the end credits, Toilet informs us that it is based on the story of Anita and her husband Shivram. That’s funny though since Anita’s potty revolution took place two years before the Narendra Modi government came to power, yet this film pointedly sets its heroine’s actions in Modi’s time, implies credit to him and is, in fact, an ode to the present prime minister cleverly disguised as an ode to sanitation instead.

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