Monday, February 05, 2018

Akshay Kumar's Padman

How do you speak openly about menstruation? We would resort to euphemisms such as "those days" or "monthlies" or "stomach pain" or many other in our mother tongues. Often, women respond with a crinkle on their faces, "We all have it; so what's the big deal". 

We get horrified when we hear of children using saw dust or dirty rags but are unable to take any real steps. Many schools across India have started distributing free sanitary napkins as many of the girl students stay at home during their periods.There are several celebrities and organizations that have joined this cause for the girl children. 

The much awaited film Padman produced by Twinkle Khanna based on her own short story "The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land" starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. It is directed by R. Balki and is based on the life of Padma Shri Arunchalam Muruganantham who is a social worker who has worked hard to remove the taboos associated with menstruation. 

Known as the Menstrual Man of India, Arunachalam had to face much trauma when he went ahead with his project of finding the perfect low-cost absorbent material for a pad for the sake of his wife. However, his project led him into inventing a low-cost sanitary pad making machine. In this video, he talks about how he started being concerned with this issue of menstrual hygiene.

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