He has been lauded by India's government and is now getting the star treatment with Bollywood A-lister Akshay Kumar portraying him in Pad Man, releasing on Friday (Feb 9). We tracked him down and asked him if I could write about his story in my book and we eventually decided to make Pad Man. It's a real-life character namely Savitri (Screen name), who happens to be the first one to buy Padman (Akshay's) napkin from Pari (Sonam Kapoor). It gripped me immediately because there were two empowering parts. He steps into what many would deem hush-hush domain, with a film that talks of sanitary pads. She further said that Akshay's presence will ensure the message reaches far.
"I was a part of a show wherein a lady said she runs more when she is on her period so that no one can tell her to sit at home because she is weak", Twinkle said here.
My character contributes to the Padman's mission and with that, I will rather urge the reader to go and see the film to witness my journey. Some members of the United Nations, Vijay Rupani (Chief Minister of Gujarat) and Smriti Irani (Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting) are among the dignitaries who have applauded the manner in which the film has brought into focus a lesser-discussed issue like menstruation. She continued, "It's the Instagram challenge that's wasting pads, targeting the wrong audience and masking itself as a movement when all it is a marketing gimmick that I find stupid".
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Most importantly, it discounts the work of activists and people who have spent time, resources and hard work, to not only crumble the stigma around menstruation but to educate people about it, to teach them fact from myths, making sanitary products available and accessible to thousands of women. And I hadn't written a film on his life. People are ready to be involved in films that do more than just entertain, they want films with something to make them sit up & be inspired. He decides to purchase a sanitary napkin pack for his wife only to realize that not only is it expensive, even his wife is reluctant to spend that amount on herself. In a society where women prioritise their family over themselves, hygiene and safety are subjects that are never spoken about by women, let alone by men.
In 2014 he was included in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.
We always are excited and honored to interview Mr. Kumar and once again he has given us wonderful answers about this important film.