Toilet Ek Prem Katha - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
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Brings up many important issues related not just to religion, culture or even sanitation. It points a huge finger at sexism and the politics of both home and nation. But, is extremely preachy through most of it.

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31 reviewers have given Toilet Ek Prem Katha an average rating of 3.5/5.0 (?)

17 yays
5 nays
9 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...Unfortunately, that intention and all its positives are completely overshadowed by its cringe-worthy keenness to bow and scrape before the present government and its head, an aspect of the film that lingers as much as its pluses because all the obsequiousness is packed into the latter half. What should have been a paean to the potty has ended up being a dishonest paean to Modi. It may as well have been named Toilet: Ek Toady Ki Katha. ... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice ...Don’t look for subtlety in the storytelling in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and you will come away a happy viewer with some relevant thoughts on how non-metropolitan India exists without caving into a depression. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, TOILET – EK PREM KATHA, despite the minuses, integrates a strong social message with entertainment wonderfully and also questions several age old practises in the society. At the box office, no competition, holidays in the next week as well as tax exemptions in certain states are bound to help the film resonate with the audience. ... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar P. Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Toilet Ek Prem Katha is too long and preachy. Despite standout performances by Akshay and Bhumi the film fails to engage or connect with you largely because of its snail paced tempo and long Sunday school styled monologues. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle ...Overall, Toliet Ek Prem Katha is a perfect weekend getaway for your family, unless you don’t enjoy such soft yet propagandist cinema. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini ...The best part of TEPK is the fact that its climax could have very easily become preachy and boring it thankfully stays away from that danger and the way a rigid orthodox father’s attitude changes in favour of what his daughter-in-law is demanding is such an underplayed yet convincing story twist that you are totally left impressed with the director as to how he has delivered a very intelligent yet entertaining and easily understood story to the audience. ... full review

Thumbs up by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini ...Overall the film is superbly entertaining and will keep you hooked to your seats. This should definitely not miss this one. ... full review

Thumbs up by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini ...The movie has a strong line up of actors and they come together well to give us a story that we feel involved in. I only wish they had started telling it earlier into the game and stuck to the core of the message, taking it from the personal to a global level instead of also bringing politics into it. Definitely worth a watch, and send up a silent thank you when you use the rest rooms in the theatre, that you are privileged to enjoy the bare necessities of life and not struggle for them. ... full review

So-So by Sarita A. Tanwar, DNA ...Despite the flaws, TEPK is worth it for the pure intent and purpose behind its making. And of course, the brilliant chemistry between Akshay and Bhumi. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Toilet – Ek Prem Katha is a solid entertainer with a strong social message. It may not have the most polished screenplay, but director Shree Narayan Singh's deft handling of the subject makes the most out of its noble intentions. It makes a strong case for the ongoing Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan too. A film with engaging dialogue, smart characters and outstanding performances, this one's a clean and relevant entertainer.... full review

Thumbs up by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ... It must be said that the director’s hold on the narrative is supreme and confident. This is a charming entertainer that will in all likelihood bring glory to its collaborators come awards season.... full review

Thumbs up by Josh, fullhyd.com ...The only thing is, unlike Joker and Dangal which both stir up deep emotions by the time they finish, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha ends up being a film you'll applaud and likely soon forget. There's a sincere attempt at poking at people's conscience and also sugarcoat it with humour and triumph, but the reconciliation of these two opposite ends is an exercise that needs more than has been afforded. You may forget it eventually, but for now you're likely better off applauding it in the halls. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com ...Akshay Kumar deserves an extra pat on his back for highlighting it through a mainstream cinematic medium. Watch it at least for Akshay Kumar, his efforts and the cause the movie tries to raise. ... full review

So-So by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News ...While the intention of this film is noble and should be lauded, the love story gets lost in the din of indoctrinating the glorious Indian government’s honourable campaign. Watch this if you are in the mood to witness earnest acting performances, but if you are looking for a propaganda-free film, then this is not it. Don’t miss it... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...Kumar and Pednekar have a chemistry that’s visible in songs, even in the weirdly worded ‘Has mat pagli pyaar ho jayega’. Kumar, of course, is the backbone of Toilet Ek Prem Katha, but Pednekar is no less a contributor to this story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Samrudhi Ghosh, india today ...What works for the film is the hinterland humour. In an elaborate sequence, Akshay Kumar's character gets married to a buffalo to get rid of his "manglik dosh". It is the laughs which take away your unease about the length of the two-and-a-half-hour-long film.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Films with a socially important message need entertainment to make it work and Toilet ends up being a film that is not short on the entertainment factor. Cityfolk might have trouble connecting with the film’s plot but rural folk are sure to like the film’s rootedness.... full review

Thumbs up by Anita Iyer, khaleejtimes ...Overall, it is a good entertainer which leaves you with a food for thought after you exit the movie hall. Yes, you might hear the word ' toilet' multiple times throughout the film but you will soon get comfortable with it. Go for the film, if you are looking for a well-scripted film backed by power-packed performances by the actors. ... full review

Thumbs up by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia ...Akshay Kumar is quite natural as the slightly uncouth but essentially good natured Keshav who evolves gradually. His character reminds one of Badrinath (Varun Dhawan) who went through a similar process of self-discovery during the course of the film. Bhumi Pednekar, who has lost oodles of weight post her debut film, puts on a superlative act just as she did with her first film. It is a delight to see Divyenndu play a substantial role in a film after a while. The hugely underrated actor who started off with some sterling performances in 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama' and 'Chashme Baddoor' should be seen much more. Sudhir Pandey is very good as Keshav's ultra-conservative father. Anupam Kher has a brief role but makes his presence felt as the mischievous Kaka. ... full review

Thumbs up by Umesh Punwani, koimoi ...This is an honest attempt to tackle something that exists but not many are aware of it. This film will make you laugh, feel and most importantly think. Watch this for Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s true-to-the-soul performances. ... full review

Thumbs down by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint ...Instead of sticking to social satire, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha takes on the mantle of an extended propaganda film—it’s just as tiresome, but with better production values and performances. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY ...You can sense this film seriously wants the audience to rethink this cultural oddity. It genuinely wants to change the world—hey, I'm the last to argue that movies can. But how can you not laud a mainstream pic that honestly tries to, and happens to entertain, for the most part? ... full review

So-So by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...In conclusion, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is something that you may not mind watching on your television, but not in a cinema-hall.... full review

Thumbs up by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Toilet details that the Government's role cannot be limited to furnishing facilities but extends to familiarising one to the importance of utilising them. A propaganda or not, this one's watchable only for Akshay Kumar and his ability to hold it together. ... full review

Thumbs down by Raja Sen, NDTV ...Akshay Kumar's Toilet Doesn't Work... full review

Thumbs down by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com ...The need of the hour is providing public toilets and teaching the masses to use these toilets instead of defecating and polluting rivers and ponds. But is this film any more than the filmmakers genuflecting to the government? Paying deep obeisance to the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India campaign)? That sort of stinks, methinks. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...It only works well when it allows Akshay Kumar's influential charisma and Bhumi Pednekar's fiery spirit to use their instinctive humour, warmth and spontaneity to build a relationship that's based on something more sound and striking than the sight of Sudhir Pandey's pee. ... full review

Thumbs up Sify Movies ...Don't look for subtlety in the storytelling in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and you will come away a happy viewer with some relevant thoughts on how non-metropolitan India exists without caving into a depression. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...Then, there is the larger question of not quite being able to see the issue of sanitation in its complexity. Can the problem be solved just by building more toilets? What of our inherently unhygienic ways? What of Gandhiji’s call to keep toilets as clean as the living rooms? Using the swanky washroom in a plush Bandra hall I also wondered how much of the film’s messaging will reach out to the privileged side of an India split wide into extremes? ... full review

Thumbs up by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...So whether you have pressing matters to attend to or not, please take a detour to this toilet. Each of us needs to raise a stink about what our countrymen do in the open. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...This film spends too much time discussing an issue with a very myopic view. The search for a plausible solution begins only two hours into the film, after the major part is spent dwelling on temporary workarounds. ... full review