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How Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' Inspired Bill Gates In 2017

The Akshay Kumar-Bhumi Pednekar starrer that takes an in-depth analysis of how open defecation in India leads to sexual assault of women and diseases scored second on Bill Gates' list.

Anurag Verma | CNN-News18@kitAnurag

Updated:December 20, 2017, 2:45 PM IST
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How Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' Inspired Bill Gates In 2017
Photo credits: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates made a revelation on Tuesday that Toilet: Ek Prem Katha - a Bollywood movie which attempts to spread the message of eradicating open defecation in an entertaining vein - was one of the things that inspired him in the "tough year" 2017.

The Akshay Kumar-Bhumi Pednekar starrer that takes an in-depth analysis of how open defecation in India leads to sexual assault of women and diseases scored second on his list.

Gates took to the microblogging site and shared 7 inspiring tweets with his 42 million followers on the website.

From Edwardo Sanchez, who had tweeted that he was the first person in his family to graduate from college to WHO certifying that Bhutan and Maldives had eliminated measles, Gates shared tweets that inspired him from across the globe.

Giving an overall assessment of the year, he wrote, "There’s no denying that 2017 was a really tough year... but it also delivered some amazing moments of hope and progress. Here are some inspiring tweets that you may have missed…"




And the stories that inspired him.












Quoting a Tribune story about the movie, Gates wrote, “Toilet: A Love Story, a Bollywood romance about a newlywed couple, educated audiences about India’s sanitation challenge."








"In June, the WHO certified that Bhutan and Maldives had eliminated measles."








"2017 World Food Prize winner @akin_adesina will use his prize money to establish a fund to provide grants to African youth involved in agriculture."








"The New York Times reported that doing good for others helps those who give as well as those who receive."









"A new sport caught on in schools to encourage students to read. It’s called #extremereading."








His own submission to the #extremereading challenge.




He concluded his thread by saying, "These tweets made me feel better about 2017 and more optimistic about the new year. I hope they make you feel more hopeful, too. What tweets inspired you this year?"




Toilet: Ek Prem Katha puts forth the story of Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) who puts up a fight with her husband Keshav (Akshay Kumar) after she discovers on the wedding night that he doesn’t have a toilet in his house. Least interested in joining the ‘lota party’ (a bunch of women from the same village who visit the nearby jungles to relieve themselves), Jaya decides to abandon her husband. Her fight isn’t just against the discomfort that women have to face when they have to go to the fields to defecate. It is a fight against women bearing the brunt as they are usually attacked and assaulted when they step out either early in the morning or late at night. It is a fight against women falling prey to predators.
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