Akshay Kumar's Toilet Ek Prem Katha gets a thumbs up from Bill Gates for being inspirational

Gates mentioned Akshay Kumar's film Toilet Ek Prem Katha as a film that brought in awareness around sanitation in Indian rural households. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 01.56 AM (IST)

Known for his philanthropic work, American business magnate Bill Gates on Tuesday listed out stories of 'hope and progress' in 2017 on his Twitter page. 

Gates 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…(Sic)"

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Among inspirational stories from across the world, Gates also mentioned Akshay Kumar's film Toilet Ek Prem Katha as a film that brought in awareness around sanitation in Indian rural households. 

""Toilet: A Love Story,” a Bollywood romance about a newlywed couple, educated audiences about India’s sanitation challenge.(sic)" said Gates in his tweet.

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Akshay Kumar retweeted and liked Bill Gates' tweet as well.

Kumar's film Toilet Ek Prem Katha also featured Bhumi Pednekar and dealt with a newlywed couple who separate after the wife discovers her husband's house does not have a toilet. To win her back, the husband has to convince his orthodox father the importance of having a proper toilet inside the house and the harmful effects of open defecation. 

The film also promoted in its own way-PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign. The film was a Box Office hit and both Kumar and Pednekar were praised for their performances. The film was directed by  Shree Narayan Singh.