During Padman promotions, Twinkle Khanna shares her experience
Actress and writer Twinkle Khanna is nowadays busy promoting the upcoming film of her production house “Padman”. The movie is based on her book the legends of Laxmi Prasad, which is an adaption of the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. He is the man who has been making and distributing sanitary napkins in remote areas also he creates awareness about menstrual health.
Twinkle Khanna along with the leads Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte are going to various places for promoting the film and its issues. The team is talking a lot about menstrual health and hygiene and superstitions surrounding it.
Female stars associated with the film are sharing experiences of periods in their lives. Shortly before, Sonam Kapoor shared about her first period: “I was 15 when I got my period, all my friends had got way before me, so I was very upset with that when I actually got my first period I was very relieved because I kept telling my mom that there is something wrong with me because I am not getting my period.”
Then Radhika Apte told her story saying: “On my first period, my mother gave a party in the house and I got a wristwatch as a gift”.
Now, the director of the film Twinkle Khanna has also talked about it, revealing her experience she said: “I remember when I was in a boarding school, so I didn’t have my mother and my aunts to tell me what the whole process was. And one day in school canteen I realized that my uniform was stained and I went running to the dormitory to change. I was lucky that I just felt embarrassed, I was shocked knowing that in August, a 12-year-old girl in south India was pulled up by her teacher for staining her uniform at her bench. She didn’t drop out of school. She went home, jumped off her balcony and committed suicide. And that is the level of shame and embarrassment around a simple biological function. I seriously don’t understand why there is so much embarrassment for this common physical activity. I hope girls do not feel shy about periods after Padman”.
What do you think about this?
The film Padman is set to release on February 9, 2018. Akshay Kumar is playing the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham. We wish the movies break stigmas built around menstruation.