Akshay Kumar is back with ‘PadMan’

Super star Akshay Kumar’s much-awaited film PadMan will finally release on Feb 9. The R Balki-directed film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. The film is based on the story of entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented low-cost sanitary pad making machines. Akshay Kumar plays Mr Muruganantham in the film, while Radhika Apte plays his wife. Sonam Kapoor plays the role of a teacher in the PadMan.

It will also be the ‘first Bollywood film that will be releasing on the same day and date in Russia, Ivory Coast and Iraq.

Twinkle Khanna, who turned producer with PadMan, spoke about the social initiative that she and her team had taken through their film to break the taboo of ‘menstrual discussion’ in India. Speaking about the film, she said at the Oxford Union, “PadMan is not just a film, it’s a movement. I hope now woman will not be held back or embarrassed by their biology.”

Mr. Muruganantham initiated the ‘PadMan Challenge’ across the country to tell people that ‘there’s nothing to be ashamed about periods.’ In the PadMan Challenge, celebs posed with a sanitary pad in hand and to tell people ‘that there’s nothing to be ashamed about periods.’ “Yes that’s a pad in my hand. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s natural, Period.” Many celebrities took up the ‘challenge.’