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Akshay Kumar unveils his tryst with menstrual health, says the crisis was an eye opener
Pad Man is the film in which Akshay Kumar will be seen playing the character of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man behind the revolutionary idea of inventing a low cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine.

A hero himself, this social entrepreneur and activist from Tamil Nadu has his story embedded into a film. Pad Man also marks Twinkle Khanna's maiden production venture. Akhsay is quite excited about the film which is set for a February 9 release.

Akshay recently narrated about his own tryst with the dignity of a clean cloth. His first encounter with the catastrophe of menstrual health and hygiene in India goes back to 2011 when he was associated with Goonj, a Delhi-based NGO.

While browsing the website for dropping centres in Delhi for donating clothes, he came across their norms of accepting clothes to a specific standard; tattered and torn clothes were not accepted. Akshay while reading the content on the site also encountered another issue which was handled quite sensitively by the foundation, their intricate bonding of cloth with menstruation. He also read the story of a woman who had died of tetanus due to the rusted hook in her blouse piece which she used during her period. It shook the actor to the core. There were also heart wrenching stories about rural women who could not afford sanitary hygiene and at times even used sand or ash in the absence of clean cloth.

There were also instances of women using the same cloth till it could be used no more. Due to this unhygienic menstrual cycle, physical health of women had to be sacrificed; these women faced risk of cervical cancer and uterus removal at an early age.

But Goonj as an organisation created a new way to redeem the agonies of thousands of unfortunate women by supplying cloth pad. Akshay came to know about Goonj, and how they transformed stitched piece of clothing into unstitched cloth roll. These pieces were converted into pad. These pads were packed in an environment friendly way and labeled as 'My Pad Dignity Pack'.

Meenakshi Gupta from Goonj also narrated about how during 2004 tsunami, Tamil Nadu government handed them tons of unused cloth. That is when the idea of cloth pad started.

The movie has a strong content which is very relevant in a country like India, apart from the robust banner and the star appeal; this surely would make the audience head towards the cinema house.

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