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Padman becomes the first Indian film to be screened at Oxford Union

  • Mrinalini Singh
  • January 20, 2018
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Do films have an influence on the audiences? That’s a debatable question, but they for sure leave an impact. Aamir Khan once said that movies can be used as a medium to change mindsets of people, and with movies like 3 Idiots and Dangal, he is doing his bit. Another actor who is contributing to social causes is Akshay Kumar. With several inspiring films in his kitty, he is making an effort by being a part of meaningful cinema.

Writer-producer Twinkle Khanna has been invited to speak at The Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society. The 43-year-old actor-turned-author will address the students of the Oxford University on Thursday, where she will also showcase her upcoming production, Padman. Based on the life of a social entrepreneur and activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who revolutionized sanitary hygiene in rural India 20 years ago, the film stars Twinkle’s husband actor Akshay Kumar in the title role.

She will also discuss the need to break the taboo around menstruation and the stigma attached to it globally. This will also be the first Indian film to be showcased and discussed at the Oxford Union. The society founded in 1823 has since invited world leaders and influencers to discuss topics of importance. Some of the speakers include Sashi Tharoor, the Dalai Lama, Michael Jackson, Malala Yousafzai, Salman Rushdie and Morgan Freeman.

PadMan has been postponed to February 9, the film’s star announced today in a joint press conference with Padmaavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. PadMan, co-starring Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte was the film originally booked for the Republic Day weekend – Padmavaat, cleared for release by the Censor Board earlier this month, also announced two weeks ago that it would open on January 25.

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