Billed as the most progressive film entertainer yet, PadMan is Co-produced by Twinkle Khanna’s Mrs Funnybones Movies, Hope Productions, KriArj Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, India and written and directed by ad-man turned film-man R Balki (Paa). Akshay Kumar (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) assumes the titular role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a rural welder from India turned incredible innovator and inventor who invented a machine to make low-costm high-quality sanitary napkins, creating a sanitary napkin revolution in India. Muruganantham’s story has been fictionalised for its silver screen debut with PadMan, the world’s first feature film on menstrual hygiene releasing in cinemas around the world on 26th January 2018. Kumar is joined by critically acclaimed actresses Sonam Kapoor (Neerja) and Radhika Apte (Kabali).
Talking about the film, Akshay said, “PadMan is a very special film for many reasons. It is my wife’s first production from Mrs Funnybones Movies. She introduced me to Arunachalam Muruganatham and his wonderful story. It is a story that has universal resonance and Balki has brought it to life beautifully.”
Twinkle Khanna, Mrs Funnybones Movies: “I came across the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham when researching him for my column. I knew there needed to be a film on his story and after weeks of trying to contact him, we finally agreed to make one.” She added: “I wrote a book on his story, but I think modern day consumers are viewers not readers, so it was important to have a film on this as well as his story which needs to be heard.”
Arunachalam Muruganatham wrote, “Akshay ji is the first super star in the world to talk about menstrual hygiene and taboos surrounding it. I’m happy that he is portraying my story as #Padman”