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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 "Padman" to break stereotype at homes. IANS
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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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Twinkle Khanna Talks About Another Way For Women Empowerment

Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns

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Important for women to become financially independent: Twinkle Khanna. Flickr

Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna, who has been vocal about several social issues especially those related to gender equality, believes that the best way for a woman to empower herself is through financial independence.

“We often tell women to speak up for themselves and to be fearless, but the fact is if you are not financially independent, then you have to toe the line and have to raise hand for the cheque,” she said.

“Economic indepence is the primary thing for all women out there. They should not rely on someone else for their needs, all should become self-reliant,” Twinkle Khanna said during the launch of her third book titled ‘Pyjamas are Forgiving’ on Wednesday.

Organised by YFLO Delhi, the event was moderated by renowned journalist Barkha Dutt.

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Twinkle Khanna, Wikimedia Commons

Asked the reason for holding a political ideology different from her husband and actor Akshay Kumar’s opinions, Twinkle responded by saying: “We all have a right to vote which implies we all have a right to have different opinions,” she said.

At the same time, the “Mela” actress expressed her concern over people’s ruthless attitude towards someone who has a different opinion in the society.

She said: “Be it colour, cast, nationality or opinion, we all are shunning people who are different from us. And through this we end up learning nothing. We all are living in an eco-chamber.

“It is good to have different opinions as it will help people to learn more about things in a different manner.”

Twinkle Khanna, who talked about botox quite a number of times, has once again urged women not to give unecessary heed to cosmetic treatments in order to look younger.

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Twinkle Khanna. Flickr

The 43-year-old mother of two children said: “Ageing is a strange thing. When women cross 40, they start panicking about their looks and start getting cosmetic treatments.

“Rather bothering about looks, women should invest in their skills and try to develop a mind. If you have skills, automatically all heads will turn for you no matter what the looks are. ”

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Known for her wits and playing with words like pro, Twinkle also joked on botox and said that one must not invest in anything that gives them diminishing returns. (IANS)