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Twinkle Khanna produces a biopic film “Padman” to break stereotype at homes

Twinkle Khanna's make her debut film production "Padman" which is a biopic film on Arunachalam Muruganantham to break stereotype at homes.

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  • Twinkle Khanna produces a biopic film named “Padman”
  • This is Twinkle Khanna’s debut film production
  • Her aim to break stereotype

New Delhi, Dec 15, 2017: Her debut film production “Padman” is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India. Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna says she is hopeful that the film will bring a spotlight on something that has been “hidden in the darkness” for so long.

“If nothing else, I am hoping that it will start a conversation within homes,” Twinkle told IANS in an email interview when asked about the message “Padman” will give amongst masses.

“Something that has been hidden in the darkness, furtively wrapped in newspaper, will finally be in the spotlight so that a young girl can go up to her parents and say that she needs sanitary pads over the ubiquitous fairness creams,” she added.

The film is based on a short story from Twinkle’s book “The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad”. The story is inspired from the life of Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine.

The book has already sold 100,000 copies.

“Padman” stars her husband Akshay Kumar as Murugunathan, while Radhika Apte plays his wife. Actor Sonam Kapoor will also be seen in a special role in the movie, which is being directed by R Balki.

“The only reason that I decided to produce this movie after writing a fictionalized story about Arunachalam Muruganantham was because I felt it was an important story that needed to penetrate households across India. Cinema is the only medium that has such a wide reach,” she said.

As a producer, Twinkle is keen to take up stories that are “compelling regardless of genre”.

“Everything else is secondary,” she said.

The trailer of “Padman” was launched on Friday and quickly grabbed attention for bringing up such a strong message in a subtle yet entertaining way.

Twinkle, who also featured on BBC World to talk about menstrual hygiene and sanitation, says “awareness, education and access to sanitary pads are the three things that would help in putting an end to period taboos”.

“… To what I see as nothing less than a tragedy that 20 per cent of our school girls drop out of school when they start menstruating because they are unable to get access to sanitary pads or menstrual cups and have to rely on leaking pieces of cloth,” she said.

On the occasion of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Twinkle was also selected as an honorary speaker at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Summit at the United Nations where she was a part of the panel on ‘Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today’.

How would she like to encourage women in India to get a voice on issues concerning them?

“‘Be fearless’ is the sort of banal advice that is being bandied about glibly these days. I think unfortunately in the prevailing circumstances, you do have to have firm ground beneath your feet before you become ‘fearless’ and a large part of that security comes from being financially independent.

“Because when you are dependent on someone, then you have to largely align yourself to his or her sensibilities. I, like most sensible, sane people, believe in the fundamental fact that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. I can’t see how that is even debatable.” (IANS)

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Padman Review: Social Issue Presented Right

Padman movie deals with the topic of women's health and hygiene during menstruation

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Padman is one movie India really needs to watch. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Padman is a Bollywood movie directed by R.Balki
  • It stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor
  • Padman movie deals with the topic of women’s health and hygiene during menstruation

When Padman’s concept was first released in media, it was much hyped. The Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor movie based on a real-life incident was a much awaited one. Everyone was excited to see how the taboo topic of menstruation will come alive on the silver screen.

After much promotion and the #padmanchallenge, the movie is finally in theatres, but is it really worth a watch? This Padman review will answer the question.

The Padman movie undoubtedly has an applause-worthy topic. The storyline is quite inspirational and full of heavy messages regarding sanitation, menstruation and most importantly the ‘Sharam,’ which is one of the biggest problems for women, according to the character of Radhika Apte.

Akshay Kumar in "Padman" plays a hero we all need. IANS
Akshay Kumar in “Padman” plays a hero we all need. IANS

Akshay Kumar has done many unconventional movies in the past and has been successful with them. This movie does deliver its message too, however in a very subtle and non-effective way.

The movie Padman delivers an important message, which is ignored by everyone in daily life in the name of taboo – the importance of women’s health and hygiene during sanitation. The narrative gets quite slow at times but like all Balki movies, this one can also hold one’s interest.

Also Read: Akshay Kumar’s forthcoming film “Padman” is on an honest subject

The Padman movie shows the reality of men who try to do anything for women. They are doubted by their families at first and then appreciated later. Akshay Kumar the leading man of the film has all the attention on him for all the right and obvious reasons. His acting is on point like always and he fits his role perfectly. The movie is produced by his wife, Twinkle Khanna and the couple has tried to make the one really honest film.

Twinkle Khanna produces a biopic film "Padman" to break stereotype at homes
Twinkle Khanna produces a biopic film “Padman” to break stereotype at homes. IANS

Radhika Apte as the wife of Akshay’s character has done a brilliant job. Her expressions and acting are marvellous, though her character’s constant usage of the word ‘Sharam’ may induce some irritation in the audience.

Sonam Kapoor who joined the film much later was able to leave an impact. She was perfect for the role of South Delhi girl. She helped the protagonist realise his dream and was definitely a good addition to the film.

Padman as a whole is an amazing movie because of its strong concept and idea. Though it could be made more complex but that clearly wasn’t the aim of filmmakers. It can get slow at times but it won’t certainly disappoint you. It is one movie every man and woman in India needs to watch.

Also Read: Upcoming Bollywood movies of 2018, we can’t wait for

Padman Rating by:

Hindustan Times – 3/5

Indianexpress – 2/5