Akshay Kumar will be seen as Arunachalam Muruganantham, inventor of low-cost sanitary napkins for women in rural areas, in his upcoming release PadMan. The movie which is directed by R. Balki also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
Akshay has been a part of quite a few successful biopics and when asked about the same by a leading daily, Akshay stated, “I don’t know anything about being an expert. I’ve successfully done Airlift, which was about a businessman who helped evacuate 1,70,000 Indians from Kuwait. The second one was Rustom that was inspired by commander KM Nanavati. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was based on the story of Anita and Shivram Narre and now, I’m doing PadMan, which is the true-life account of Arunachalam Muruganantham. These guys are real heroes and their lives have been truly inspiring.”
On Arunachalam Muruganantham specifically, Akshay continued, “I admire him. Just imagine, he was almost the first Indian man who truly understood what his wife went through, month after month. And he felt that he needed to do something about it. By ‘inventing’ the low-cost sanitary napkin, he has done a service to the future generations of women.”
With Sanjay Dutt’s biopic underway, will we get to see a biopic on Akshay? “No. Take someone like Sanjay Dutt. His life is interesting, so it makes sense to make a biopic on him. My life is not too exciting,” Akshay revealed.
Earlier, when Akshay was asked about starring in PadMan which delves into the topic of menstruation, the actor stated to the daily, “If you change nothing, nothing will change. It’s not about being bold, but about breaking taboos that hold us back. I have lived with women all my life, yet I have learnt more about the topic while making this film than ever before. I do not mind who I offend or whose stomach I turn by being bold, this is not the Stone Age; menstruating is natural.”
PadMan is slated to release on February 9, 2018.