Akshay Kumar wants to continue with Padman what he started with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. That film, produced on a budget of Rs 18 crore, took over Rs 200 crore at the box office, and according to the star, brought about a social change. He told Firstpost, that before Toilet… “there was 62% open defecation and post release, it is 33%.” He hops Padman can spark a conversation about menstruation.
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“I am already victorious with millions and millions of people talking about Padman on social media, men discussing with other men and asking each other whether they watched the Padman trailer and that it talks about Sanitary Pads. I am glad they are talking, they should know,” he said.
The film, directed by R Balki, is based in part on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an illiterate man who invented a low-cost machine to manufacture Sanitary pads and brought about a wave of social change. But Akshay Kumar doesn’t think his movie is about a sensitive topic.
“Firstly, do not call it a sensitive issue,” he said. “It (menstruation) is a natural process of a human body. It is time to get rid of those taboos attached to it and it is time to treat the issue maturely. Also, women should not shy away from talking about the issue and certainly should not whisper about it.”
Akshay Kumar’s Padman will be in theatres on January 25, when it is expected to clash with Deepika Padukone’s controversial Padmaavat. Akshay also has 2.0, Gold and Kesari lined up.
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