New Delhi: Akshay Kumar can practically be called the 'social superhero' given the fact that he has starred in social issue-based ventures in the recent past. After raising the open defecation issue in his film 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Akki is all set to bring up one of the major concerns of menstrual hygiene, that has haunted our society since time immemorial through his film, 'Padman'. It is all set to hit the theatres on February 9, 2018.
As the film gears up for its big release, we bring to you reasons why you should not miss this Akshay starrer.
A story that everyone needs to know
'Padman' is based on the life of a real-life activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making the machine. Muruganantham has worked towards generating awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in India. He fought against all odds to compel women in his village to use sanitary napkins. He was criticised, laughed at but nothing hampered his willpower and he continued to work towards the betterment of the women of his village.
This courageous act earned him the Padma Shri award and he got featured on Time Magazine's list of '100 most influential people'.
Breaks the barrier between men and women
Whether you agree with it or not but ever since the teaser of the film was launched, it could be felt that both men and women were slowly getting comfortable with the idea of talking about menstrual hygiene and sanitary napkins. Even if it is for the sake of social media, the film has at least made men and women pose with sanitary napkins. Some have even confessed to holding it for the first time but were happy to drop their veil of ignorance.
Sonam Kapoor in a new avatar
The fashionista and the glam-queen of Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor's role in the film is the most intriguing one. As per reports, the actress will be essaying the character of a Tabla-player for which she has taken Tabla classes for months. Sonam even carries her Tablas where ever she goes as she doesn't miss a chance to practice playing it whenever she gets free time.
Twinkle Khanna and R Balki's brainchild
The world knows that Twinkle is a fantastic writer, whose writeups reek of her unparalleled wit and humour. This author cum actor discovered this 'wonder man", Arunachalam Muruganathan, and wrote a story based on his life in her book 'The Legends of Lakshmi Prasad' and that's how we got our very own 'PadMan'.
She is also the producer of the film. If that was not all, ace filmmaker R Balki, who has given several hits in the past, is the director of this film. It would be interesting to see the end product of two progressive minds, who have made it sure to win more hearts with their film than the money.
This is Twinkle's maiden production venture.