How Bollywood film Pad Man is tackling the taboo of menstrual hygiene

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And depicting him on screen in the upcoming film Pad Man is actor Akshay Kumar.

The story of Muruganantham needed a superstar, needed a commercial film for the audience, however, limited it might be to be aware of the kind of problems rural India still faces.

Muruganantham also learnt that the machine which ground down the pulp before turning it into napkins cost hundreds of thousands of dollars so he made a decision to create his own. "There should be awareness on menstrual hygiene among men as well", he said.

In a long Facebook post, Ripu stated, "One and a half years ago, I had written and registered a film based on the works of Arunachalam Muruganantham and Saati biodegradable sanitary pads".

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Soon, there were a number of films announced with Akshay and KriArj and the next in line was Toilet - Ek Prem Katha [2017]. (This happens) because their fathers never discussed it with them and they were not allowed to talk in front of their brothers. may be the brothers treated the wives differently. The topic which people don't even talk openly, a courageous attempt has been made by the Director R. Balki to talk about the personal hygiene of women specially in the rural areas and showcasing the same on the big screen. She embodies that character, and brought new energy to the film like a real beacon of change. His journey to make India a 100% pad using country goes on...even today. I have also noticed that on social media, not only women, but men are also talking about menstrual hygiene. There have only been documentaries. Akshay gets fully into the role while trying to get in touch with the "feminine" side of him, with some nice strokes: he is the film, in a sense, and he is both earnest and likeable enough, even if he is in familiar do-good mode, and even if we wish his women looked his age.

"A lot of people think women should stay at home, so why give them an excuse to stop women from doing anything". They open on a positive note and then scale up over the weekend. "Women should not make period a reason to take a leave", Twinkle added.

A Bollywood movie about an inventor who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hits screens this week, challenging taboos surrounding menstruation in socially conservative India. Director R. Balki transposes the action from Muruganantham's Coimbatore to a village in Madhya Pradesh where newly-wed Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay) is appalled to find his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) not only using dirty rags during her periods but also being banished to a room outside the house on the days she's menstruating.

The film is slated to release on February 9. Kumar plays the lead role of a man who starts manufacturing affordable sanitary pads after he discovers his wife's lack of access to them in a small town in southern India.

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