Menstrual taboo i.e social stigma attached to menstruation is a staple of the major religions in the world, be it Islam or Hinduism, Christianity or Judaism, Sikhism or anything else.
Now, Padman, produced by Twinkle Khanna and starring Akshay Kumar, is aiming to question the taboo surrounding menstruation. In Padman, Akshay Kumar plays Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who invented a machine which can make low-cost sanitary napkins. His invention went on to spread awareness among women about indigenous, unhygienic practices of dealing with menstruation across rural India.
Menstruation is still considered a taboo by some sections of the society and at a recent tete-a-tete with TOI Entertainment, Twinkle spoke about how she never understood the logic behind hushing over the term ‘periods’ and why she chose to walk off the beaten path with the kind of cinema she is producing.
“It is a subject I believe in. It’s a subject that I have written extensively about. Menstruation is a taboo not just in our country but all over the world. It’s not something which is openly discussed and I really don’t see the logic in it. It’s a biological function, why should there be shame around it. That is what I am trying and hoping to describe through ‘Padman’,” she shared.
The actress even went on to talk about her experience of shooting the first leg of the film in Maheshwar admitting “the shoot is going really well” and that she is “very happy to be a part of the project.”
Apart from Akshay Kumar in the titular role, ‘Padman’ also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles.
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