Can't Take This Shit Anymore

Can't Take This Shit Anymore
Directed by Vinod Kapri
Produced by Bhagirathi Films Pvt Ltd
Banyan Infomedia Pvt Ltd
Written by Vinod Kapri
Screenplay by Vinod Kapri
Story by Vinod Kapri
Music by Upmanyu Bhanot
Cinematography Indish Batra
Edited by Vinay Kashyap
Release dates
Running time
50 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi (English Subtitles)

Can't Take This Shit Anymore is a 2014 Indian documentary film by Vinod Kapri. The film received the National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues at the 62nd National Film Awards. The film tells the stark tale of the daily lives of women- the indignity and dangers they face while defecating in the open.[1]


One would wonder how can the voiceless, invisible womenfolk in India’s hinterland improve their lives. ‘Can’t take this shit anymore’ shows you how. It is the story of six married women who returned to their parents’ homes for lack of toilets in their new homes. Faced with the indignity and discomfort of having to defecate in the open, these women chose to weather the social pressure and return to their parents’ homes, something unthinkable for a married woman in these parts of India.

Set in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district, the documentary is a grim reminder of the desperate situation of the womenfolk who are supposed to observe purdah on the one hand and on the other hand are forced to relieve themselves out in the open. Through interviews with the protagonists and a social activist, Asma, also the narrator, the film tells the stark tale of the daily lives of women- the indignity and dangers they face while defecating in the open.

The camera takes the viewer to the fields and roadsides where women converge in groups to relieve themselves under the cover of dark. A folk song highlighting this particular difficulty of the womenfolk, interlaces the film’s narrative. Owing to Asma’s campaign and the media coverage of the issue, the government authorities finally built toilets in the six homes. Only then, the six women returned to their marital homes.

While documenting the stories of these six women, who had the courage to stick to their demands, the film also questions the priorities of the families who spend beyond their means on the wedding but do not have enough money to build a toilet in their backyard. It raises the question whether a toilet in the house serves the purposes of a woman only. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s reference to the issue in his Independence Day speech is a reflection of how much still needs to be done in the area of sanitation.

Awards and nominations

Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipients and Nominees Result
62nd National Film Awards[2] March 24, 2015 Best Film on Social Issues Won
Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart[3] 15 July 2015 Official Selection Won
Indian Film Festival of Australia August 2015 Official Selection Won
Kolkata International Film Festival 14 November 2015 Official Selection Won
Haldwani Film Festival October 2015 Official Selection Won


  1. Nandini Ramnath (25 March 2015). "Documentary on the horrific lack of toilets for rural women gets National Award".
  2. [[[62nd National Film Awards]] "62nd National Film Awards"] Check |url= value (help). 62nd National Film Awards. 25 January 2015.
  3. Template:Cite work=Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart

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