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'Toilet Ka Jugaad' song: Akshay Kumar's crude singing makes for delightful toilet anthem

The makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha release a refreshing anthem that fleshes out the film's core story.

Mayur Lookhar

A week before the film's theatrical release, the makers of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha have released a song that addresses its core story.

Fifty-four per cent of the Indian population has no access to toilets. We have heard this fact before, but the makers of the film have highlighted the problem in a lyrical way in the 'Toilet Ka Jugaad' song, aptly described as the toilet anthem.

Two aspects make the song special — the fact that Akshay Kumar has sung it and the actor's refreshing performance in the song's video. 

One needs to compliment lyricists Garima Wahal and Siddharth Singh for penning a funny, poetic, but more importantly, socially relevant song that aptly justifies the theme of the film. India as a nation has made great strides in economic development, we have sent a rocket to the moon but, sadly, the country ranks number one when it comes to open defecation. Wahal and Singh have brought these aspects out in the most subtle ways through their lyrics. 

As the film is set in Uttar Pradesh, music composer Vickey Prasad has scored delightful desi tunes with a touch of desi folk. Prasad has also been able to support Akshay Kumar in the singing. There is never a dull moment in the tempo of the track. 

The lyricists and the music director have played their part to the T, but the success of the song totally hinged on Akshay Kumar's performance. Fortunately for him, the song does not require a melodious voice. It seems to be fun-filled track that the actor has enjoyed singing, as he doesn’t err much in his sur (tone) or taal (rhythm). He has incorporated his humorous tone into it and therein lies its success. He gets adequate help from Prasad in the chorus.

The actor has done playback singing before for two songs, one each in Chandni Chowk To China (2009) and Singh Is Kinng (2008) but 'Toilet Ka Jugaad' is undoubtedly his best effort.

Grave social issues are best addressed in a subtle way, and the 'Toilet Ka Jugaad' track is a perfect example. There is no way that this track can go down the drain.

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is set to be released on 11 August. You can predict the film's box-office performance here.