Akshay Kumar Supports 'Khelo India' Initiative

I approach Big B for a film everyday Balki

Actor-cum-producer Twinkle Khanna says women should not use menstruation as an excuse to go on a leave.

PadMan stars her husband Akshay Kumar as Muruganantham, while Radhika Apte plays his wife. My parents never told me anything about menstruation and it was Twinkle who helped me know more about it.

Inspired by the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, Pad Man deals with the socially relevant issue of female hygiene during menstruation.

It took Muruganantham five years to develop the affordable pad and in the process he lost his wife and was kicked out his village. She wholeheartedly supports Akshay's film and cause, and hopes that the film does exceedingly well. Kumar convinced his wife to turn the story into a feature movie with the goal of improving women's health in India. As an actor Akshay went all out in this role and broke every stereotype someone may have about a male actor in Hindi cinema or use of sanitary pad in general.

Balki's whose films including Paa or Ki & Ka, have exceptionally strong women characters said, "I think the term gender equality is a cliche". From the looks of the trailer, Akshay Kumar plays a gutsy, broad minded man who is mad about making pads for women! While Aamir obliged immediately, he in return tagged and asked Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to pose and promote the film and spread awareness about the subject. While the subject itself lends to it, the story telling is what makes the difference.

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I have been naïve to the kind of struggles that women in our country have had to go through. I have also noticed that on social media, not only women, but men are also talking about menstrual hygiene. PadMan which is based on the importance of menstrual hygiene released on Friday in 2750 screens across India. I wanted men - every father, brother and uncle - to talk and know about it.

"If you see the emotion, setting and characters of the film, they are not in loud masala or slapstick zone but they are still commercial in the sense that they are expressing their emotions loudly as the language and message has to reach the people it is intended for", he added. "If it is not going to interest people then they will not watch the movie".

A young girl teases her brother when he wants to romance his wife, but runs away horrified when she sees a sanitary napkin in his hands.

Pad Man is slated to be released on 9 February. She is certainly one of the most authentic actresses I have ever worked with, and I have no shame in admitting that we both learnt a lot from each other! "It is an entertaining film, and people will not feel uncomfortable while watching it with their families". Making periods and pads drawing room conversation.

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