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The Story Of Pad Man, The Sanitary Revolution That Changed the World

by Nicolas See Tho

The worlds first-period film is about to be sown on the silver screens and you might think you know what a period film is, but we are not talking about old-timey pieces whereby you get to see Sean Connery back when he was younger but an actual film about women’s period.

The film revolves around the true story of Arunachalam Muruganatham, who created cheap sanitary pads which revolutionised the way ladies on period can get through the ordeal hygienically and affordable. this was all started through his ingenious low-cost machine that made these pads more affordable for women in India back in 1998. This is a snippet of his experience on the beginning when he felt his wife was hiding something:

Arunachalam Muruganantham at one of his machines

“It was a nasty rag cloth – she was going to use it during her menstruation. I wouldn’t even use it to clean my vehicle,” he said.

“So I decided to gift her a sanitary pad. The shopkeeper gave it to me as a smuggled product. Out of curiosity, I opened the packet. The cotton product was sold for four rupees (4p) – 40 times what it cost to make.”

Period poverty has left up to 300 million women in India without access to sanitary products, which has made them vulnerable to disease, infertility and in some cases, even death. Muruganatham, who is now 55, has since been researching a way for a cheaper alternative, whereby he analysed pads from Western companies, gathering opinions and even used napkins of female medical students before his own final product was released.

Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna and Arunachalam Muruganantham on set of Pad Man.

in 2006, Muruganantham had launched a not for profit Jayaashree Industries, which supplied machines making Muruganantham sanitary pads at cost price to NGO’s and woman organisations in India. Today, these pads reached up to 40 million Indian women with machines being planned to be sent to Kenya Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

His tenacity and revolutionary nature on a subject considered taboo in many countries have given light on this movie like no other whereby it has even gotten the vote of confidence from Sony Pictures with a worldwide release as a major motion picture.



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