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Toilet Ek Prem Katha
 
Producer: Aruna Bhatia, Shital Bhatia, Abundantia, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Arjun N Kapoo
Director: Shree Narayan Singh
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar and Anupam Kher
Music: Vickey Prasad, Manas - Shikhar and Sachet – Parampara
Lyrics: Siddharth - Garima
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Palak Muchhal, Sukhwinder Singh, Suchet Tandon, Parampara Thakur, Rituraj Mohanty and Sukriti Kakar
Audio On: T-Series    Number of Songs: 4
Album Released on: 13 July 2017
Reviewed by: Anish Mohanty  - Rating: 6.0 / 10
 
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'Toilet Ek Prem Katha' is based on a social issue pertaining to India. But, the trailer has cclearly indicated that while the film deals with a serious issue, it has loads of humour and entertainment value packed in it as well. A part of the title ('Ek Prem Katha') indicating that the film is a love story at the end of the day. That, coupled with the fact that the film features a major star like Akshay Kumar, makes one hopeful about music being woven in the film's narrative in good measures.

'Hans Mat Pagli', the opening track in the album, has a pleasant 90s sound to it which works in the context of the film as it is set in a small town in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Newcomer Vickey Prasad has composed a tune which would be picked up easily in the interiors of the country where songs from the 90s are still played in public spaces. A good song that has a catchy hookline (lyrics: Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh), it makes perfect sense as to why this was the first song to be released from the film.

The 90s sound comes to the fore again in "Bakheda", a song where Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan tell us why love is the biggest * in the world. Sukhwinder Singh is heard predominantly in the song and Sunishi joins in towards the end to render a verse. "Bakheda" is a pleasant song which might not sound as appealing as "Hans Mat Pagli" but is good enough to be given a few listenings.

With "Gori Tu Latthmaar", debutante composers Manas and Shikhar carry forward the mood and ambiance set by Vickey Prasad in the first two tracks in the album. The "Radhe Radhe" chants and the kind of sound the song has, you realize the song also has a devotional fervor to it. Sonu Nigam carries the song on his shoulders and Palak Muchhal gives him good company by making a brief appearance.

"Subah Ki Train", composed and sung by Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur, is a pleasant sounding number that sounds more contemporary than the rest of the songs in the album. It does have dholak playing in the background but one also gets to hear the sound of western instruments. Sukriti Kakar, who has largely been heard in western-styled songs, sings this mild-traditional song with ease.

'Toilet Ek Prem Katha" has a short and sweet soundtrack that has romance at the core of it. The music does well in giving an idea about the kind of bond shared by Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar), the two protagibists and also makes one abreast of the milieu of the film. Newcomers Vickey Prasad, Manas-Shikhar and Suchet-Parampara do a good job in putting together an album that might not have too many charbusting tracks but sounds good to the ears consistently.

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