Akshay Kumar is one of those actors who believe in challenging their comfort zones. He has time and again proved that he will never stick to one genre to make his name rather he will keep trying different divisions of Indian cinema to show his versatility. Starting his career with romcoms and action movies, Akshay hasn’t kept himself away from doing movies inspired by social causes. With ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, Akshay raised the need of swachch Bharat and won our heart by portraying the story wonderfully.
The actor is now set to be seen in another movie that will raise awareness about menstruation among women. Akshay will be bursting the myths that surround periods. The movie ‘Padman’ is inspired by the account of Padmashri Arunachalam Muruganatham, the man who revolutionized the manufacture of the low-cost sanitary napkin in India.
The actor has done a lot of research to give his best in the movie. He also found out the almost 82 percent of women in India do not use a sanitary napkin which is really harmful.
In the movie, you will be seeing Akshay wearing pink panties with sanitary pads. Sharing his experience about the same, the actor said:
“Wearing pink panties with sanitary pads was not at all challenging and shameful for me, I did with complete ease, you guys feel it’s a challenge, but it’s the most natural thing. The day you guys will stop seeing it as a challenge, the percentage will automatically come down from 82 to 12 or maybe zero.”
Akshay also shared that to promote his film he visited many rural areas to burst myths surrounding menstruation and he was shocked to know people treat periods as a taboo.
“Since last few months I have been meeting women, the biggest problem for them is their periods, It’s not because of their periods, but people around them and their taboos, they do not have personal hygiene at all which is very disheartening. There are boys teasing girls in school seeing their stains. I was shocked to see how people tease girls, you know what’s their code word for chums, they say, ‘Uska 5 day test match shuru hogaya ‘. It’s shocking and shameful.”
On asking about the next projects if he has any in his mind, he said:
“I have never thought of any cause now. But recently I met a fan and she asked me after Padman what’s next. I asked her you tell me, she with a very stern voice told me ‘Make something on Dowry’. She said it so strongly that even I got scared.”
In his interview, Akshay stated that it is important to burst the myths of periods because women are getting adversely affected by it. Do you agree with Akshay? Do share your view in the comments below.