The song features a traditional ritual where women hit men, who try saving themselves using a shield.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha song — Akshay Kumar plays emotional Holi in ‘Gori Tu Latth Maar’
Mumbai - 12 Jul 2017 11:18 IST
The relationship of Hindi cinema and the festival of Holi goes back a long way. Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali’ remains one of the most iconic Holi songs. Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is the latest film to include a Holi song called ‘Gori Tu Latth Maar.’
The Holi songs in Hindi films have always been about fun and frolic. But this track from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha captures the emotions evoked by the festival. It seems the song arrives after Bhumi Pednekar’s character leaves Akshay after their wedding as she discovers Akshay's family doesn't have a toilet in their house.
It's quite a surprise to see a mainstream film song on Holi start on a sad note. It has the greatness of Sonu Nigam written all over it. He shows his class by starting off in a melodious low-pitch style and then gradually going higher to make a point for the hero. Composer duo Manas-Shikhar employ the dhol effectively, adding a catchy beat to the song.
'Gori Tu Latth Maar' features a traditional ritual of women hitting men with wooden sticks as the men take cover behind a shield. This explains the words ‘Latth Maar’ (beating with wooden sticks). Towards the end, Pednekar's character is seen beating Akshay with a stick, probably as a means of catharsis for their forced separation. The Bollywood hero that Akshay is, he is unmoved by all the thrashing.
Directed by debutant Shree Narayan Singh, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha will be released on 11 August.
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