Expectations were good enough and the reason was pretty obvious – an Akshay Kumar film. Also, it’s touted to be as a meaningful cinema with some expectation of entertainment dosage. So let us see whether the makers offered their audience with an entertaining film filled with substance or a mere duco-drama.
The makers already revealed the basic premise of the film from their promos. It’s about a small-time guy Keshav (Akshay Kumar) who lives in a village resided at North India. He falls in love with Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) and gets married with him. Now on the very first day of her post-marriage, she is being invited to join the ‘lota-party’ from the neighbourhood ladies, which means to do ‘toilet’ in open. Jaya is outraged with this tradition and demands to have a toilet in home. However, Keshav’s father is against with this idea as it goes against with their culture. How Keshav takes up challenge to install a toilet in his house for to win his wife’s heart and changes the so-called culture of the village by bringing up a revolution, forms the crux of the story.
Screenplay and Direction:
The basic premise was strong enough to make a remarkable film, and so does the writers-directors team ensured to balance everything. They effectively managed that the film doesn’t look like a docu-drama because of its social issue and in the same way puts it in front of aam-janta with a quite good dosage of entertainment.
While the first-half moves on a bit slow-pace with Keshav and Jaya’s love story along with some comical elements, the second half correspondingly moves on serious note with a good pace to make it relatively interesting and engrossing for the audience. In addition, the hook before the interval is something terrific work done by the writer here.
On the whole, though the film lacks with some slow-fast pace issue and the makers could have trimmed some scenes, but it has its own moments that will compel you to like and love this film. The scenes where Jaya ridicules the women for not standing up for their rights and Keshav’s outburst after his toilet is destroyed are highly memorable. Also, the manner in which Keshav goes to insane lengths to ensure that Jaya gets access to a toilet daily is extremely comical. Furthermore, one of the scenes where the director really impressed me is when the Brahmin father is compelled to take a bath in the pre-climax. Not to forget, the seven-lock sequence in the film deserves applause.
Music and Other Technicalities:
Music is nothing-like chartbusters, where ‘Hans Mat Pagli’ scores well, but overall helps well in the narration. Background score is nerve-wracking at places. Cinematography is praiseworthy, and editing is average. On the other hand, dialogues are sharp and witty.
Akshay Kumar is just increasing the number of his fans a film-by-film. The way he chooses a film and the way plays the character in the same is merely highly commendable. Every time he raises the expectations of moviegoers and every time he meets those expectations in some magical way. On the other side, Bhumi Pednekar gives an equally outstanding performance. She appears quite confident and delivers an apt performance in front of experts.
Divyendu Sharma, who plays as Akshay Kumar’s brother in the film, brings out some comic relief. Sudhir Pandey as Akshay’s strict father plays his part well, Anupam Kher as Bhumi’s uncle is striking in his short yet important role, and Shubha Khote as Akshay’s grandmother in the film is first-rate especially in pre-climax part. Rest of the cast such as Rajesh Sharma (D M Mathur), Mukesh Bhatt (journalist Rastogi), and others were good in their small roles. However, Sana Khan is wasted here.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?
Well, in spite of some minuses, the film manages to fulfil the need and expectations of an audience, which is an entertaining film along with a strong social message attached to it. It’s a must-watch and definitely a Paisa-Vasool film!
Rating: 3.5 Stars