Writer and Producer Twinkle Khanna attended success celebration of her film ‘Pad Man’ and discussion organized by UNICEF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss taboo relating to menstrual hygiene on Wednesday in Mumbai. During media interaction, Twinkle said that producing ‘Pad Man’ was a risk.
‘Pad Man’ has collected around 52 crores at box-office since its release, so when asked Twinkle whether she expected that movie will do so well and people mindsets will change about menstruation after watching their movie, she said, “No.. We were worried because it was a risk. We did not know whether people would take to this and at this point in time with both the commercial success and the critical success has been overwhelming and who would have thought maybe even five years ago that Balki (R. Balki) and Akshay (Kumar) make people see a movie about a sanitary pad but we did it and we are really happy right now”
She added, “Pad Man is more than the movie I am hoping its part of a movement where women are no longer are held back or embarrassed by their biology. I think commercial also should stop showing blue liquids on sanitary pads instead of red. Today, 80% of our women who are using cloth or other things should be able to use hygienic products during their days of menstruation. We at least now can’t promise all our school girls iPads unfortunately but we can definitely get them sanitary napkins they need. When we began Pad Man, we were very clear that this is a movie that would initiate a conversation about menstruation and menstrual health upon the collective consciousness of this country and I am really glad to see that happening”
‘Pad Man’ has been banned here in Pakistan. According to members of the censor board of Pakistan, films on “taboo” topics such as menstruation should not be allowed to show in the country, reacting to ban on ‘Pad Man’ in Pakistan, Twinkle said, “I think women menstruate no matter where you put a boundary or a border. We as women menstruate this side (India) and that side (Pakistan) so it’s important for them to see it as well and I wish that they would change their mind and show the movie.”
Now, since Twinkle has become acclaimed writer and producer so when asked Twinkle whether she would like to produce a biopic of her father Rajesh Khanna or husband Akshay Kumar, she said, “No.. I am interested in stories which have layers to it and which have larger ramification. It’s great for somebody to write a story which is about one person’s life but for me, there have to be layered and the story has to have message and that’s what I believe in”
After producing ‘Pad Man’, when asked Twinkle whether she has any films in the pipeline, she said, “I don’t know about a movie but next I would like to work for reproductive rights and that would be my next venture”.
PadMan tells the real-life story of an Indian man named Arunachalam Muruganantham and how he came to inventing low-cost sanitary napkins for women in Indian villages. Directed by R Balki, the film is based on a short story from Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad and released the world over on February 9.