Gone are those days when Akshay Kumar played the hero in those mindless masala flicks. When his one-liners got him more applause than this average acting skills. But that is all in the past now. The 49-year-old actor is out of his comfort zone, and is busy experimenting with his on-screen roles. From playing a national hero in Airlift to a lawyer in Jolly LLB 2, the actor is trying to push the envelope with each of his films. And Toilet Ek Prem Katha is no different.
When most actors of his age are busy playing the protagonist in larger-than-life films, Akshay is trying to bring worthy stories alive on 70mm. And one such story is that of Keshav and Bhumi who fight against all odds to get sanitation facilities in their village. Inspired from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Toilet Ek Prem Katha brings to notice a problem that is still prevalent in major parts of the country.
From its first look poster to quirky star cast, Toilet Ek Prem Katha has been in news for long, and when its trailer released last evening, Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar did not disappoint their fans. In fact, the three-minute trailer of the satirical love story has already received 5k views on YouTube within few hours of its release.From an intriguing plot to Akshay-Bhumi's pairing, the film has blockbuster written all over it. Here are five intriguing points that we couldn't miss in the trailer.'Biwi paas chahiye toh ghar mein sandaas chahie'. This line from Akshay and Bhumi's upcoming film forms the crux of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Shree Narayan Singh's directorial venture is more than just a quirky love story. Toilet Ek Prem Katha revolves around the story of Keshav (Akshay) who wants to get married. Despite being a maanglik, Keshav finds the love of his life in Jaya (Bhumi) and they live happily ever-after. Well, not really. The twist begins when Jaya is asked to join the lota party and relieve herself in the open field, as there is no toilet in her in-laws house. And thus begin the battle again open defecation.
Open defecation is not new in a country like India, but never ever has a director decided to discuss this issue on 70mm. But Shree Narayan Singh is all set to change that with his upcoming film Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Set against the backdrop of a quirky love story, the film brings to notice one of the biggest problems in the country. Through the story of Keshav (Akshay) and Jaya (Bhumi), Singh talks about the shame and dangers related to open defecation. He is no more a Khiladi Kumar on screen. In fact, in the last few years, the actor has become the voice of common man on the big screen. His films boasts of themes that are closer to common man, and Toilet Ek Prem Katha is one such film. This time around the 49-year-old actor will essay the role of a helpless husband who find it difficult keep his marriage intact owing to sanitation problems in his village. The actor is on a roll with the kind of films he is taking up, and going by the trailer, Toilet Ek Prem Katha promises to be a fun story with a strong message. She made heads turn with her stellar performance in the 2014 film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, and three years later, Bhumi is returning to the big screen with Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Where many heroines love to stick to roles glossier than magazine pages, Bhumi loves to perform. If she didn't hesitate to put on a few kilos for her Bollywood debut, her next brings her back with a strong message.