Toilet- Ek Prem Katha
Directed by: Shree Narayan Singh
Produced by: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N. Kapoor and Hitesh Thakkar
Written by: Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar, Anupam Kher and Sana Khan
Music by: Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar, Sachet-Parampara and Surender Sodhi
Cinematography: Anshuman Mahaley
Edited by: Shree Narayan Singh
Production company: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, KriArj Entertainment
Neeraj Pandey, Plan C Studios, Cape of Good Films LLP
Distributed by: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date: 11 August 2017
Running time: 155 minutes
Budget: 18 crore
Storyline: The film is a satirical comedy film in support of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a governmental campaign to improve the sanitation conditions in India, with emphasis on the eradication of open defecation in public areas, especially in the rural areas of India.
The film is written by Siddharth Singh and Garima Wahal, the writers of the 2013 Hindi film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, and shares some similarities with a true event in which 19-year old Priyanka Bharti fled her husband’s home in 2012, when there was no toilet.
A filmmaker named Praveen Vyas has sent a legal notice to the makers, claiming that ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’ has plagiarised scenes and dialogues from his documentary ‘Manini’, also based on the same subject
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Shree Narayan Singh is an Indian editor who is best known for his works in films like A Wednesday (2008), Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), and Rustom (2016). He edited directed lesser known film “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai”released in 2012.
My Gut Feel (MGF) and comments:
“How long is a minute? Depends on which side of the door of toilet you are on when needed.” ― Toilet ek katha.
I have already seen the special screening based on the same subject named “Gutrun Gutargun” which unfortunately didn’t reached to larger audience till now. It was indeed a great attempt on same subject.
Trailer of Gutrun Gutargun : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCMZ2FYKuRw
Controversy : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJl99-3Tq50
Coming back Toilet:Ek Prem Katha, it already created lot of buzz as backed by superstar Akshay Kumar. Shree Narayan Singh the director of this movie is best known for his editing work works in films like A Wednesday (2008), Special 26 (2013), Baby (2015), and Rustom (2016). I am sure he has done a decent job as a director this time, although already directed lesser known far below than average film “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai”released in 2012.
I hope with this film and its accessibility to mass audience a serious subject like this would be addressed more effectively than before, although Modi Government’s Swatch Bharat Abhiyan is already doing reasonably well.
Toilet:Ek Prem Katha will be a sure short box office success because of its mass appealing subject, Akshay Kumar, entertainment value and its moderate budget of 18 crore. The film is released on 11th August which is just before the national holiday of 15thaugust which is an Independence day. The film has been already announced as tax free in Uttar Pradesh.
Going by My Gut Feeling (MGF), I am giving this movie 3 out of 5 stars one days before the release. 2.5 stars for Akshay Kumar’s backing to this film and point five star additional for addressing a serious issue in comic way and direction of Shree Narayan Singh which should given an edge to over all look and feel of this film.