Toilet: Ek Prem Katha - Cast

Akshay Kumar as Keshav
Bhumi Pednekar as Jaya
Anupam Kher as Kakka
Divyendu Sharma as Keshav's friend
Sana Khan as Keshav's girlfriend
Sudhir Pandey as Bauji
Mukesh Bhatt as Rastogi
Rajesh Sharma
Jaspal Sharma as Dabloo
Vikas Pal as Hari
Kimti Anand as Pradhan
Vijay Kumar Dogra
Satyajeet Dubey
Satyen Chaturvedi

STORY: Go-getter Keshav (Akshay) serenades liberal-thiner Jaya (Bhumi), a woman from his neighbouring village in Uttar Pradesh.  They marry but it doesn't strike Keshav to tell her that his house does not have a toilet.  This then becomes the grounds for Jaya to file for a divorce.

REVIEW: For most of us who take the toilets in our homes for granted, the burning issue of 58% Indians practising open defacation could be a flush-worthy concept.  But, director Shree Narayan Singh holds up a mirror to society, showing us how our superstitous villagers, lazy administration and corrupt politicians have actually converted India into the world's largest shit-pond.  Women especially, are treated more insensitively than cattle!

NDTV : When what should at best have been a ten-minute public service film bloats into a two-and-a-half-hour, patience-testing, yawn-inducing Bollywood puff-job for a government scheme, it is bound to stink to high heaven.  Toilet: Ek Prem Katha does.

Editor-director Shree Narayan Singh presents a corny; cringe-worthy mix of entertainment and edification in the service of the much tom-tommed Swacch 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.

The political partisanship on show here is unprecedented for a Mumbai mainstreak flick.  When the text of the  film refers to a big toilet scam, it quickly points out that all of it happened four years ago.  It also grabs the opportunity to slip in a laudatory reference to demonization.  In doing so, the films's makers complete expose their leanings.

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