Pad Man: Bollywood's 'menstrual man' movie targets Indian taboo

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A Bollywood movie about an inventor who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hit Indian screens this month, challenging taboos surrounding menstruation in socially conservative India. Arunachalam Muruganantham is nicknamed India's "menstrual man" for transforming the lives of poor women forced to use items like old rags, sand and leaves during their periods. 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", which was released on 9th February 2018.

Read more about Pad Man here

You can also watch a TedTalk by Arunachalam Muruganantham entitled How I started a sanitary napkin revolution

But is he too good to be true? An article by the Mythri Speaks Trust rasies concerns about the quality of the pads themselves, along with dubious facts and assumptions presented in the film. Read more here.

Date: 19 February 2018
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