Actor Akshay Kumar attended ‘Versova Festival 2018’ where he launched Sanitary Napkin Bank initiative which named ‘Daughters of Versova’ along with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Remo D’Souza and lyricist Sameer Anjaan on Friday in Mumbai, While addressing the event Akshay appealed that all state governments of India should provide sanitary pads in rural areas for free of cost.
Talking about his upcoming film ‘Pad Man’ which deals with creating awareness about menstruation and effective use of sanitary pads in India, Akshay said, and “I am coming with a film called ‘Pad Man’ In our country around 82% of women don’t use sanitary pads. People will surprised to know that women use grass or straw or soil so because of that women has to go through various kind of diseases, especially in rural areas. I would like to request government that they should provide sanitary pads free of cost to women in rural areas because I feel if women of our will become strong then only our country can become strong. Soldiers of our country are born through their mothers. When I heard that Bharati Lavhekar has started Sanitary Napkin Bank with name called ‘Daughters of Versova’ so I feel we all should start an initiative ‘Daughters of Maharashtra’. Let Maharashtra be the first state in India where each women has the availability of sanitary pads”
Reminiscing his early memories living in Versova, Akshay said, “When I came to Mumbai my father bought house at Lokhandwala, Versova. I got my first film here and I used to my martial arts practice at Versova beach. I visit local Shiv mandir of Versova every day. With Versova, I have lot of attachment and I am very grateful that today I got opportunity to interact with people”
Addressing the event choreographer and director Remo D’Souza said, “I would like to thank organizers of Versova festival for inviting me here. I belong from here and whatever I have earned today is because of this place. I think youth of country should take care of our environment because they are the future of our country. I am honored to share stage with CM Devendra Fadnavis and Akshay (Kumar) sir. I have worked a lot with Akshay sir but more than that, I am huge fan of his work”
Based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, ‘Pad Man’ is the story of how one man came up with a revolutionary method of producing cost-effective sanitary napkins and empowered thousands of women across the country in the process. Akshay Kumar has stepped into the shoes of Muruganantham and is all set to educate the masses. The film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead roles.
‘Pad Man’ is being produced by Twinkle Khanna, KriArj Entertainment and directed by R. Balki.
‘Pad Man’ is now scheduled to release on 9th February, 2018