The success of PadMan has brought about celebrations and a lot of excitement. Akshay Kumar is more or less basking in the success of PadMan. However, when it comes to giving it back to the society, he is doing an absolutely amazing job.
PadMan is a movie produced by Twinkle Khanna and is based on the life of an unusual entrepreneur and activist, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who had magically invented an extremely low-cost sanitary napkin making machine which has been benefitting thousands and Lakhs of Indian women. The film has broken stereotypes and delves into the menstrual issue and hygiene of women, especially in rural India.
The film had released on the 9th of February, also starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, besides Akshay Kumar. On Thursday, Akshay Kumar took to Twitter in order to share a photograph of him along with Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray inaugurating the vending machine.
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Placed a sanitary pad vending machine at Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot today, hoping to place more across the State and eventually hopefully the whole country. Thank you @AUThackeray for your support 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/MghqrEEK9Q
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 15, 2018
Akshay Kumar, a National Award-winning actor, has installed a sanitary pad vending machine in Mumbai, Central-ST Bus Depot and also hopes to out several more across India.
Thackeray thanked Akshay and said that the film should cross the Rs 100 crore-mark soon.
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) February 15, 2018
In the meanwhile, PadMan starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte has made Rs 7.05 crore on its 6th day, taking its six days total to Rs 59.09 crore. Before the release of the film, it was expected to repeat the success of another Akshay-starrer with a social message, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. But due to the Padman subject being more niche than TEPK which had more mass appeal, the former couldn’t set the box office on fire.
PadMan is based on the life of the social entrepreneur and activist – Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is celebrated for revolutionising sanitary hygiene in rural India more than 20 years ago by inventing the machine to make affordable sanitary napkins.
The school drop-out son of a textile worker, Arunachalam Muruganantham fashioned out an inexpensive sanitary pad out of cotton-wool and cloth, when he saw his wife use rags for her menstrual flow.
He faced social ostracisation as he endeavoured to make the pads accessible to the poor and rural women. But what he did not know was that the IIT entered his machine in a competition for a national innovation award.
His machine won the first prize out of 943 entries and he was given the award by the then President of India, Pratibha Patil. The rest, as they say, is history.