Padman star Sonam Kapoor finds ignorance towards menstrual hygiene baffling


December 11, 2017 10:55:51 IST

Mumbai: Sonam Kapoor feels people's regressive thinking and ignorance towards menstrual hygiene is baffling.

The actor will next be seen in Akshay Kumar's Padman, inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkin machine.

Sonam Kapoor. Image from Getty Images.

Sonam Kapoor. Image courtesy: Getty Images.

"Menstrual hygiene is an issue, which not many people would think can be a good subject for a film. For city girls it is normal, but when we were shooting in Maheshwar and around, the ignorance I saw was shocking. Even with us, we remember our grandmother asking us not to go to the temple, or in the kitchen or don't go close to the pickles. As city girls we get to hear all of that, so just imagine what girls in smaller villages are going through," said Kapoor in a interview with PTI.

The actor said the film focuses on this "backward thinking" and she is excited to be a part of the project which addresses such a major issue in an entertaining way.

The 32-year-old actor believes when a star deals with social issues in his/her films, it makes a huge impact on people.

"Cinema is the largest medium. It reaches out to a larger audience. Especially, if you have mainstream stars attached to such films, it works. For a film like Munnabhai, PK — if they have big names attached to them, and the issues are pertinent, it makes a big difference," said Kapoor.

Padman, a comedy-drama directed by R Balki, also features Radhika Apte and megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a special appearance. It will hit the theatres on 26 January.

Sonam was talking on the sidelines of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour, where she walked the ramp for designer Tarun Tahiliani.

Updated Date: Dec 11, 2017 11:03 AM