March 24, 2018

Bollywood puts a comic twist on women's health with 'Pad Man'

09 February 2018, 05:38 | Santos West

Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna stole the spotlight in her attire

Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna stole the spotlight in her attire

What were your first thoughts when you heard the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham? PadMan is a well-intentioned film that derives strength from Akshay Kumar's gusty performance although he isn't strictly the right fit for the role of a just-married man. Radhika Apte is, as always, a scene-stealer. "Yes, they were happy to lend me one so I could stand with them in support of this much needed initiative", upcoming Bollywood actor Siddharth Malhotra tweeted Friday along with a photo of him surrounded by female fans as he held up a sanitary pad.

Twinkle hopes that the film will bring a change the way India looks at the topic of menstruation. I was anxious, as to how they would react.

Tell us about working with director R Balki and co-stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhike Apte.

I have been naïve to the kind of struggles that women in our country have had to go through.

"Even Hollywood does not have a single film on sanitary pads or menstrual hygiene".

He chose to do something about it and started experimenting with different designs using cotton. Yes, they belong to these fantastic women.

Muruganantham was mocked and ostracised by fellow villagers, and his wife even left him for a while, but he remained undeterred and intensified his search. Some of the exchanges that Lakshmi has in the course of attempting to find a cheap alternative to sanitary pads seem in-your-face, but these also bring forth issues that our society needs to address. It is then his journey of creating a low-priced sanitary napkins machine starts.

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In four years he had invented an easy-to-use device which could produce pads at a third of the cost of the commercially produced ones.

Madhumitha says, "I used to climb hills and in fact work overtime during my periods and it was never a problem for me".

The south Indian film, which features Lavanya Tripathi in the lead roles and Nassar, Brahmanandam, Posani Krishna Murali, Saptagiri in supporting roles, could attract a major chunk of audiences in the northern and central part of India.

Here's what the critics are saying about the film.

Padmaavat actor Ranveer Singh may be one of the last ones to take up Akshay Kumar's Pad Man challenge on social media but makes sure he doesn't go unnoticed.

Gayatri who is a simple and melodramatic women refuses to use the sanitary pads due to its expensive nature. My late in-laws were also forward thinking people as my father-in-law was holding a big post in Defence and lived mostly in North. The machines also provide employment to thousands of rural women.

He was honoured with Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2016.

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