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Toilet – Ek Prem Katha movie review: Capable of striking meaningful conversations

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Rating: 3 out of 5

Toilet – Ek Prem Katha movie review: Capable of striking meaningful conversations

Directed By: Shree Narayan Singh
Produced By: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor, Hitesh Thakkar
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

When a film promises to harp on orthodox and evil perceptions (and systems) that have stayed on for long, it is  quite a challenge. There’s always a fear of sounding preachy, and at the same time you must be impactful enough to turn the table around. Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ created quit a stir that way. Not just because it tries to strike a constructive conversation regarding poorly managed sanitation system of India, but also brings into picture how an otherwise fulfilling love story is impacted by the very real problem.

Akshay (Keshav) and Bhumi’s (Jaya) introduction to each other and a gradually discovery of mutual fondness form the first half of the film. Keshav and Jaya, who meet in a local train, have another quirky encounter as Keshav, owner of a cycle shop, incidentally sells a bicycle to Jaya’s father. After initial reluctance, she is is taken aback by Keshav’s simplicity and honesty, and ties the knot; however, without the knowledge that his house doesn’t have a personal toilet. There begins Jaya’s struggle. After a few rounds of demands, she decides to turn stern and leaves the house.

There begins the film’s real mission. Even in 2017 as we boast of many a developments we already cherish, you will find strange and contradictory mindsets that are anything but progressive. As an outcome, mobiles phones are far more accessible than public toilets and the otherwise ‘sanskari’ bunch wouldn’t mind going to the field for their daily morning ritual. Keeping the practical scenario in mind, the film tries to build up a relatable conflict between the old-fashioned villagers who disown the entire practice of personal toilets and Akshay who stands against the flow and would go to any extent to change this. That is not just because he is on the verge of losing his ladylove, but also because he has slowly come to realise how this often leads women to massive embarrassment and various other forms of sexual harassment.

But does it succeed? The first half is considerably enjoyable, thanks to fair share of comic elements and the swift transition of romance. At the same time, we thoroughly enjoyed how a much humane bond is slowly built up between Akshay and Bhumi. Bhumi’s character, an educated and enlightened one from a village, is progressive but doesn’t mindlessly try to be a modern woman in appearance. That’s what has retained her originality. She has got the accent and pronunciation just right, and looks real.

Akshay is decent, although a number of directors in the past, have handled him better and churned out better performances from him. In the second half, though, things are in for a change. Any revolution that is against the system, is neither easy nor comfortable. However, here, it happens quickly and conveniently. In fact, it is surprising as to how how Akshay, single-handedly, manages to stir the entire state administration.

In between, the screenplay witnesses several drops and the pace goes for a toss. But thanks to consistent turn of events, we manage to stay hooked.

The film’s music, which is strictly average in merit, might have a few takers. None of the songs would stay with you for long. Even in the film, they are strictly situational. ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ is decently shown and you do spot a few flaws in editing here and there. It could be trimmed to another 15-20 minutes.

We also have to mention Divyendu Sharma and Sudhir Pandey, who within their limited character space, have done a commendable job.

Do films indeed act a tool of change? No one yet has the answer. But yes, this one will definitely make you think!

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Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety movie review: ‘Bromance VS Romance’, a refreshing-enjoyable war

Directed By: Luv Ranjan
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Luv Ranjan, Ankur Garg
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha, Sunny Singh
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

In our lives, most of us have faced a situation where our best friend or just a good friend is all set to get married, and we get possessive about our friend. Thanks to the new person in his/her life, our importance lessens, and we start feeling bad about it. But, what if you come to know that your friend is all set to tie the knot with the wrong person. What would you do, try to save your friend from ruining his/her life or let him/her get married to the wrong person?

Well, Luv Ranjan’s ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is all about what we just told you above. Sonu (Kartik Aaryan) and Titu (Sunny Singh) are best friends since they were in nursery. Sonu is a like a brother to Titu who is always there for him. Then enters Sweety (Nushrat Bharucha), the sundar-susheel girl who Titu decides to get married. Sweety’s perfect bahu avatar doesn’t go down well with Sonu and he feels that the girl is fake. Is Sweety actually fake? Watch the movie to know that. Moving further starts a war, bromance vs romance. Well, a dialogue in the movie goes like this, “Dosti aur ladki mein hamesha ladki jeet ti hai.” Is that actually true?

‘Bromance vs Romance’ is surely a topic that many people would relate to, and for those who have not yet faced it, ‘wait for it’. Luv Ranjan and Rahul Mody have very well created some amazing situations in the film with their writing. But, post interval when the actual war starts, the movie dips down a bit. You will start feeling that what’s next and where the movie is headed. Even though our asanskari Alok Nath has acted brilliantly, his character will surely make you question a lot of things. Thankfully, a few minutes after interval, the movie picks up quite well, keeping you engaged till the end. Luv Ranjan’s narration is also quite good and yes, this movie is much better than the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ and ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’.

Talking about actors, Kartik Aaryan is the star of the film. He has acted amazingly. Not only in the comedy scenes, but Kartik has wonderfully managed the emotional sequences too. Nushrat Bharucha is very good in her role and by the way, after Priya Prakash Varrier check out her eyebrow moves. There are very few Bollywood movies, where an actress says, ‘Main Heroine nahi villain hu’, and we are sure there will be whistles on this dialogue. Sunny Singh is nice in his part, but gets overshadowed by Kartik. One more actress from the ‘Pyaar Ka Punchana’ franchise has a short yet a very pivotal role in the film. We are talking about Ishita Raj, she has totally nailed it in her part. A special mention to Ayesha Raza (Titu’s mother), she is truly fantastic.

One of the best factors about the movie is the music. Though half of them are the recreated versions, they are entertaining.

Overall, ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ is an enjoyable flick that will surely make you feel refreshed after you watch it.

P.S. The chemistry between Sonu and Titu is much impressive than the chemistry between Titu and Sweety, so at least when it comes to chemistry between actors BROMANCE WINS.

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Aiyaary movie review: The men in army fail to shine through the muddled up plot

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Karan Shah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

After delivering taut thrillers like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, hopes are high from his new outing ‘Aiyaary’, but does it manage to convey it’s message efficiently? Let’s unravel in the movie review…

‘Aiyaary’ (which means ultimate trickery), is about a young army officer named Captain Jay Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) who goes rogue with a hefty purpose to expose the dirty secrets of the military forces. His mentor Col. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is an incorruptible army man who heads a covert cell and guns down traitors. Ever since Major Jay Bakshi absconds, Col. Singh has only one mission, to hunt him down. Here begins a cat and mouse Chase although with loads of unwarranted confusion.

While Col. Singh believes himself to be the smarter one, Major Bakshi outsmarts him and he isn’t Alone, a nifty hacker in the form of Sonia helps him. Bakshi wants to expose the deadly misgivings of a retired army man played by Kumud Mishra who has grown corrupt and earns help from a businessman played by Adil Hussain. Does he succeed or does Bakshi manage to expose him? Does Singh manage to catch hold of his protégé gone rogue? Too many questions that could have been dealt with methodically, but everything goes down the drain with poor execution and unnecessarily over explained and stretched portions. The entire plot gets lost and confused with too many sequences jumbled up together which right till the end remain a mystery.

Manoj Bajpayee is the only standout in this muddled up, almost three hours long thriller. Sidharth Malhotra is decent while Rakul Preet Singh is fairly okay. Pooja Chopra is barely seen whereas all senior bunch of actors like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and Adil Hussain are utterly wasted with no clear character sketches drawn. Naseeruddin Shah’s dialogue delivery seems like a hangover from ‘A Wednesday’ whereas Anupam Kher is totally wasted. The only character that makes sense is Colonel Abhay Singh and Bajpayee rightfully delivers.

Overall, ‘Aiyaary’ is a complex and too stretched thriller with no clear direction of the happenings. Clearly avoidable.

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