Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai says message behind ‘Padman’ is truly inspiring!

Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has recently supported Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie ‘Padman’. The film which is based on menstrual hygiene, Malala says that the film gave an inspiring message.

Yousafzai met “Pad Man” producer Twinkle as the latter addressed students at The Oxford Union, the world’s most prestigious debating society, on Thursday.

“I’m really excited to see the film ‘Pad Man’… because the message behind the film is truly inspiring,” Yousafzai told Twinkle before her speech.

Twinkle, who is also an author, joined cultural, political and high profile figures here, ahead of the worldwide release of her much-anticipated film.


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Twinkle engaged the audience by explaining why the world needs to know about the story and the importance of spotlighting issues relating to menstrual hygiene.

“My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned.”

She also pointed out the global nature of the problems including in the UK, saying that: “In the beginning, I thought that period poverty was only a problem in my country and countries like Africa, Bangladesh, but groups like Plan International UK have found that one in 10 school girls in the UK itself are missing school because they are unable to afford hygiene products and end up using substitutes like rolled up socks.”

Padman is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and has helped spread awareness about traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.

The film is Twinkle Khanna’s production venture in association with Gauri Shinde. ‘Padman’ also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte who play the female leads in the film.

Written and directed by R Balkiof ‘Ki and Ka’ fame, ‘Padman’ is slated to release on Feburary 9.

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