Twinkle PadMan

Twinkle Khanna at the launch event of L'Oréal French Brown in Mumbai on Mar. 21. (Manav Manglani photo)

MUMBAI—Twinkle Khanna, actress, author, columnist and Akshay Kumar’s wife, who has turned producer with “Pad Man,” is proud that she is associated with a movie that puts spotlight on the closet issue of menstruation.

The film – inspired by Arunachalam Muruganantham, who found a way to make cheap, affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village – began shooting last week in Indore.

Speaking to the media at the launch event of L'Oréal French Brown in Mumbai on Mar. 21, the actress said, “The shoot is going very well. Mr. Muruganantham was also there. It’s a wonderful project that will bring awareness about something that has so far been cloaked and shamed, and I am very happy to be a part of the film.”

Radhika Apte features as Kumar’s wife in the film. It is being directed by R. Balakrishnan, better known as R. Balki. The movie also stars Sonam Kapoor.

Last week, Apte had also addressed the importance of awareness about menstruation in the country, questioning why a natural monthly process should stop a girl from her regular activities. Associated with Whisper India as the brand’s influencer, Apte said that it was vital for women to be ultra-comfortable during those days.

She told a news agency, “I think that it is crucial because the constant reminder when you are chumming that ‘I am on period’ does stop you from doing certain things. I will be like, ‘Oh my god I have to shoot a song today’, or ‘Oh my god, I have to wear this today’ or some people say I have extra hours of work, or I don’t know should I go for picnic or play Holi. Why should your period which is actually something that you have to go through every month stop you from normal activity?”

Meanwhile, this is Kumar going full speed at biopics. After “Airlift, “Rustom” in part and the forthcoming “Gold” and now even “Mogul,” he is now becoming a biopic man.

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