Twinkle Khanna is busy promoting ‘PadMan’, the upcoming film by her production house starring Akshay Kumar. The film is the life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu who invented a low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins and has been working for raising awareness about unhygienic practices and social stigma around menstruation in India.
While promoting PadMan, producer Twinkle Khanna, leading actor Akshay Kumar and actresses Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor have been going places talking about the film.
Twinkle Khanna has given a number of interviews promoting the film. Recently, she was interviewed by BBC London where she had made a controversial statement about Viagra being tax-free but sanitary napkins being taxed.
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 22, 2018
Her statement had invited huge criticism for her on social media. The actress had later given clarification about her statement.
Folks who haven’t bothered to read my subsequent tweets making it clear what I am talking about – here is a clip from the @BBCNews interview about tax-free viagra, brooms and sanitary pads #PadManTalks pic.twitter.com/Vq1rMWM9eM
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) January 23, 2018
She has also spoken a lot for raising awareness around menstrual hygiene and ignorance and superstitions surrounding it.
Recently, while promoting her film in Mumbai, Twinkle Khanna shared the story of her own first period which is considered as a taboo in our conservative country. Revealing her experience, she said:
I remember when I was in school, and 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, but this 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.
In August 2017, Fazana, a student of seventh-grade had committed suicide after she was shamed by a teacher in front of the whole class, including boys for staining her uniform as she was menstruating. Talking further, Twinkle Khanna said that she hopes to alleviate this shame and embarrassment with film ‘PadMan’.
Watch the actress-turned-writer sharing experience of her first period in the YouTube video below:
Don’t you think there should be any social stigma around menstruation which is a normal biological process, which is exactly what Twinkle Khanna said? Share your views with us in the comments!