Lead actor and co-producer of Pad Man, Akshay Kumar, has certainly taken a bold step with this one-of-a-kind movie since films in India have hardly dealt with menstrual hygiene. In India, menstruation is considered unholy and no one ever discusses hygiene related issues regarding periods. Akshay plays Lakshmikanth Chauhan, a fictionalized version of Mr. Muruganantham who was listed one of the 100 Most Influential People In The World by TIME magazine. The honour was not just for inventing the machine, but also transforming the socio-cultural mentality about women’s health in India.
Pad Man is an Indian biographical film about social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented an economically efficient machine that makes low-cost sanitary napkins for underprivileged women in rural India. The film shows Arunachalam’s difficult journey to revolutionise menstrual health and hygiene in India and how he shattered the stigma around periods, a taboo topic in the country.