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Bollywood takes up Akshay Kumar's 'Pad Man' challenge, poses with sanitray napkins

06 February 2018, 02:14 | Rufus Hill

In 2018 are we still shying away from talking about periods

In 2018 are we still shying away from talking about periods

Today he is hosting a special screening of Pad Man the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani in Delhi. "We have tried to do that", he added. It will feature Akshay Kumar asking women to make use of sanitary pads for periods and promote women's health. The story is inspired from the life of Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating the low-priced sanitary napkins machine.

PadMan actor Radhika Apte talks about her next movie "Padman".

Do you think the #PadManChallenge will help take the discussion on menstruation forward?

While many people, including Bollywood stars, are hailing the film, there are some who are criticising Akshay for talking about the issue in the open. "When I see social media, I see two-three people saying "Akshay, bhai kya kar rahe ho aap? It is a sin".

The video also gives a glimpse of Akshay Kumar's character Lakshmikanth at the United Nations who draws a comparison between pads used to protect the legs of cricketers and sanitary pads used by women, strongly making a point that there is a need for menstrual hygiene.

Were there any disagreements on the sets while working with Twinkle? Bacteria thrive on period blood and if you do not use a clean material you can get different kinds of infections and it is extremely risky for health, she added.

Arunachalam Muruganantham, the social entrepreneur, who is an inspiration behind the film will also be there at the screening. "When people say that, "PadMan is coming", they are telling a word, which they never said before".

On February 9 the ladies of the Bay, who had made a splash earlier when they went to watch the Padmavat dressed as Padmavatis, are heading to Cine Grand Fremont 7.

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