The taboo regarding menstruation has been a long debate. Continuing on that line, actress Sonam Kapoor said she was 'shocked' by the ignorance and taboos that still cloak the subject of menstrual hygiene, revealing that prohibitions were applied within her own family as well.
Sonam's work-in-progress film Padman tells the story of A Murugunantham, inventor of the machine that would cheaply manufacture sanitary napkins. Not everyone would consider this film-worthy, Sonam told news agency PTI, adding that urban women are more open to publicly discussing menstruation. 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 January 26.
“We remember our grandmother asking us to not go to the temple, or in the kitchen. Despite being city girls, we get to hear such things. So, one can only imagine what girls living in smaller villages may be going through," said Sonam.
"Menstrual hygiene is an issue, which not many people would think can be a good subject for a film,” added Sonam.
The actress was shooting for the film in Madhya Pradesh and in a conversation with PTI, she talked about menstrual hygiene. She said, "For city girls, it is normal, but when we were shooting in Maheshwar [in Madhya Pradesh], [people's] ignorance was shocking," she says.
The actor said that 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," she said.Read More