Seems like Akshay Kumar and the PadMan team cannot wait to take their message of menstrual hygiene and the removing of the stigma around periods, out to the world!
While the film officially releases on February 9, the actor held a special screening of the film for school children in Gujarat. Akshay tweeted regarding the same as he thanked the Chief Minister of Gujarat, and a minister of state, for their support.
This Friday will see the R Balki directorial, produced by Twinkle Khanna hit the screens. Inspired by the real life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who became a popular figure for inventing low-cost sanitary making machines, it had initially inspired Twinkle Khanna who featured the same in a chapter of her book ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’.
The PadMan team has been going flat out to not just promote the film but spearhead a movement.
Recently Twinkle had even shared her goal at the Oxford Union, saying, “I hope this movie (PadMan) becomes a movement where women are no longer held back or shamed by their biological functions.” She revealed that her primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in the shadows and, like Voldemort, is never mentioned.
The couple has also been facing their share of flak, as they have been accused of promoting their film under the guise of a noble cause. The PadMan Challenge, which saw celebrities tagging their Bollywood friends to pose with a sanitary pad, drew criticism from some quarters recently. A Twitter user opined that this was “hypocrisy at its best form” as
Twinkle started this “awareness only before (her) own produced movie.”
However, Twinkle Khanna was quick to set the record straight. She tweeted: “In 2015 I started writing about menstruation in my columns, 2016 I wrote about Arunachalam Murugunantham in my book and 2018 I am producing PadMan - just to bring the timeline into perspective for people who look for the negative in every initiative! #PadManTalks.”
Guess that reins in any loose tongues…