A drab narrative draped in good humour, Akshay Kumar-starrer Bathroom Ek Prem Katha is embellished with preachy monologues and one-liners that shamelessly sneak in praises for the ruling administration. Yet, the idiosyncrasies of an talented star cast, a few hard-hitting dialogues and an overlaying cultural note brewed with humour will please those who enter into the theatres to be tickled. We live in occasions when mediocre humour and overpriced popcorn sell like hot cakes.
Set in two neighbouring villages of Uttar Pradesh, the script that extends beyond two hours offers no surprises. As the name implies, it is an account of two enthusiasts separated only by their old patterns that play the deal-breaker. The person, raised in a superstitions household, doesn’t mind going for a leak anywhere, but the educated woman refuses to have a daily morning walk into the domains. But that warrants no tussle between your newly-weds. Keshav, enjoyed by Kumar, is a jovial, moderately informed and a intensifying man who’s fallen in love. Even when he doesn’t relate to his wife’s demand of creating a toilet inside the house, he is prepared to find an alternative solution for her sake. They soon synergy and take the fight against a society, which thinks that taking a dump in open up areas is implied in their spiritual manuscripts and that one shouldn’t eat and poop under the same roofing.
The first half of the film is onward looking. It presents the deep-rooted techniques of an regressive village where the women are gradually identifying the trouble, but are oblivious of the hazards of relieving themselves on view. They resist the change for a long period before they find their speech through Jaya, enjoyed by Bhumi Pednekar, who in her debut movie Dum Laga ke Haisha, had faced a different kind of problem as a chubby bride in an arranged marriage. She delivers her preachy monologues right with spite and fury, but her character’s peculiar short fuse and righteousness is a repetition of her debut role.
Kumar’s acting is really as nice as Keshav’s moustache as a 36-year-old man. But, this time, he’s not the only person who lifts the film to its funny best. Kumar is masterfully aided by Divyendu Sharma, whose rise to prominence has been the absolutely sexist yet funny in parts, Pyaar Ka Punchnama. Barring his innocent monologue on unrefined practices — that your script didn’t allow him to omit — Sharma is amusing as Keshav’s more youthful brother. You miss him when he’s not in the framework. Keshav’s father, performed by Sudhir Pandey, is a stubborn, unrelenting pandit, relatable to real life. Cameos by Anupam Kher and Rajat Sharma are brief, nice and completely expendable.
Bathroom: Ek Prem Katha The thematic hero in the script is education, depicted as the breaker of stores of lowly, manipulated traditional beliefs. However the villain, however, is chosen to be sabhyata (tradition). This is where the creators turn a blind eyes towards poverty and under-development, and hail the new-found politics will to sanitise India. The reason of a complete lack of household and public toilets in the said Uttar Pradesh town is easily shrugged off as the backwardness of its people.
At the top of its over-the-top play, the principle minister’s personality carelessly speaks of the might of the Perfect Minister to ban high-value notes for the (undeclared) increased good of world.
Yet the movie is not really a sell-out. It continues to be true to its simplistic tale and hammers the idea home of experiencing usage of clean toilets as a simple human right. Even though the film suffers from an undercooked story, screeching background credit score, too many situational sounds and an unfulfilling influx of change in a rushed climax, it interestingly does indeed well as a one-time entertainer. If the federal government was buying skilled people, this could well have been a full-feature advertisement film in the arsenal of the government’s swach bharat mission