New Bollywood film tackles taboo of menstrual hygiene

Sayaani | Padman | Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte & Sonam Kapoor | Amit Trivedi

Mark of a man

Padman is based on the real-life story of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-priced sanitary pad making the machine and helped spread awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India. In India, 82 per cent of ladies don't use pads, I am sure and very much confident that there will be a good change in people after watching this film, " he said. With kind words for the movie, Mallika criticised stars supporting Pad Man challenge on Instagram.

"Menstruation is still a taboo subject in India and a tough subject for a film", he told AFP by phone from his home state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Akshay Kumar's recent movies have a social message in them.

"If a Bollywood film is talking about the issue, I am happy that it will gain more attention". Based on the struggles and life story of India's "menstrual man" who dreamt of transforming the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India, PadMan presents the worst ordeals of life through ingenuity.

"Pad man" can face little competition next Friday as Neeraj Pandey's directorial "Aiyaary", starring Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee, will release after getting clearance from the CBFC in the presence of the defense ministry. The Pad Man then decides to give away pads for free just to empower women and to unshackle them diseases by addressing the issue of menstruation which is a social stigma even today. It is this side of the film's graph which holds your attention in a much bigger way and the entire second half goes by in a jiffy.

Akshay Kumar was quick to appreciate the efforts and the enthusiasm of his fans in Odisha via Twitter.

She said, "R. Balki (the director), Akshay and I were discussing it". Cinematography is good. Editing is apt. It's no wonder that Twinkle and the rest of the PadMan team have gone to great lengths to promote this film. Mika Singh's The Padman song takes the cake. He brings the steely-willed Lakshmi's character alive and one can easily relate to his distress. "It's his finest performance".

Radhika Apte as his wife has scored well. She essays the emotional scenes easily.

Check out what Akshay Kumar told us in this unbelievable interview as he gives us insight into the character, the making of the film and what this movie and story means to him and to the world. Others lend adequate support.

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