Real PadMan Arunachalam Muruganantham pens a heartfelt note ahead of film's release


When Akshay Kumar chose to collaborate with KriArj Entertainment, a new entrant in the business, not many fathomed that this was an association for the keeps. You can suggest me if you have a good resolution for me. You all are going to love this movie because of the great production and directional work. So, there is no pressure. "(It is) not exactly a conscious effort, but that is how I think. I enjoy it as well.

At the screening, the publicity team asked for viewers to take a selfie with a sanitary pad to promote the film and its message. It's one of those topics which is still spoken in hush hush tones. PadMan is by no means a bad film hiding behind the cloak of social relevance. I get some free time even after doing so much, I do advertisements or go to events to cut ribbons. When did you come to know about menstruations? "Eighty-eight per cent of women still don't use sanitary towels and menstrual taboo is prevalent everywhere in the world, so it's not an Indian issue but a global one". So, it is very unfortunate. Akshay tries his best to be the superhero he has come to be identified within his films. Yes, they belong to these incredible women. There are high GST charges on it. Radhika Apte portrays her part beautifully, making her character relatable to the section of women, who still face such societal taboos.

A few Akkians even distributed free sanitary napkins outside Rukmini movie hall in Berhampur. "I also hope that men feel fearless enough to join the conversation, because their opinions and attitudes are just as important!" This lends itself to the film's humour, with one early scene a pharmacist handing Lakshmi sanitary pads under the counter as "if they're marijuana or something". I think (R.) Balki (the writer and director) has handled the subject beautifully. He is wielder and this was an innovation.

Did you like the film? He has an excellent motto - "Women Stronger, Country Stronger". I liked both what it was trying to say and how it was doing so: it was done with a degree of flair. "I just thought the story was remarkable", she told India-West.

Producer Twinkle Khanna and actor Akshay Kumar with the real Arunachalam Muruganantham on the set of Pad Man

This is the first time Balki has worked with Akshay. I don't get angry unless people write silly things, neither do I get overwhelmed by something. She quipped via a social media post: "Instead, I saw my mom, dad, grandmother and my building's secretary posing with them and taking pictures". We are left with the man of the movie, and the reason why this film has been made.

Q. How much menstrual awareness is important in the society today?

They are not allowed to enter the kitchen and cook food. Girls run away from schools because they are teased. That actors and filmmakers are using cinema as a tool to strike conversations, tickle thoughts and raise debates, itself is a relief; especially in a country of over 100 crores with numerous problems, majority neither spoken nor understood. That is the real "Pad Man" challenge - to deliver "Pad Man" where timelines and handles don't reach. I found it to be natural. Then begins the revolution as he starts manufacturing sanitary napkins on his own and gets recognized worldwide with Pari's (Sonam Kapoor) help. What is your take on this?

Lakshmi is shocked. He doesn't get it, which is unusual since he's grown up in a house full of women - his mother and two sisters. It is doubtful whether Pad Man will be able to beat that figure, particularly in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities.

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