Debating over periods is still considered as a taboo in India. But, with the ongoing events and campaign against breaking the silence of people are now opening up more about this vital topics, at least we can say at social media. A few days back actress Diya Mirza also disclosed why she doesn’t use sanitary pads during her menstrual cycle. The statement by the diva certainly generated a lot of awareness about the non-bio-degradable nature of the most of the sanitary pads.
The need of the hour is to create awareness about the issue and what can be more done in a better way than a Bollywood movie with a superstar. The ‘Rustam’ starring Akshay Kumar’s “Padman” is one such initiative to create awareness about the sanitary pads. ‘Padman’ is a comedy-drama movie which is also based on Twinkle Khanna’s book. The tale of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of social activist, Arunachalam Muruganantham.
Mr Muruganantham invented a low-cost sanitary pad making the machine and has introduced mechanisms for generating awareness about old traditional unhygienic rituals around the periods in rural India. His small machines, which can manufacture sanitary pads for a minimum cost of commercial pads, have been installed in 23 of the 29 states of India. Right now he is planning to boost up the production of these machines to 106 nations. He was awarded Padma Shri by Government of India.
His efforts have now been extensively recognized and the ‘Padman’ now runs “Jayaashree Industries”, which now markets these machines to rural women across the nation. The superstar of B-town took to Twitter to share the trailer for this movie which shows Akshay on a journey to becoming a Padman and breaking the shame surrounding the periods. While Akki plays the lead role of Lakshmikant Chauhan in this film, Radhika Apte, the ‘Phobia’ starrer feature as his on-screen wife and Sonam Kapoor’s character seems to be someone who supports the Padman’s dream of spreading and creating the awareness.
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