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"Padman” Starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte; directed by R. Balki; music by Amit Trivedi.

This film is inspired by the true life story of Tamil Nadu-based social activist and entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a sanitary pad-making machine. His low cost sanitary pads revolutionized menstrual hygiene in rural India. Akshay Kumar plays the title role and Radhika Apte his wife. After learning that his wife has been saving old used rags to use during her period, Muruganantham is inspired to discover a clean cost-effective alternative.

PadmanHis wife and others are initially embarrassed by this undertaking. When he cannot find any volunteers to test his prototypes, he figures out a way to do that himself. His invention went on to win a national innovation award and Muruganantham was awarded the Padma Shri in 2016.

Producer Twinkle Khanna first wrote about Muruganantham in one of the short stories in her book “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.” It was a fictionalized account; the film too takes creative liberties for entertainment.

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