AKKI, TWIN­KLE ON A MIS­SION

Ak­shay Ku­mar’s next, which talks about men­strual hy­giene, is also Twin­kle Khanna’s de­but pro­duc­tion. The cou­ple talk about the film

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - Juhi Chakraborty juhi.chakraborty@htlive.com

Ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar’s next pro­ject, Pad­man, is in­spired by the life of so­cial ac­tivist Arunacha­lam Mu­ru­ganan­tham, and will see Ak­shay and wife Twin­kle Khanna re­unit­ing in a film, not as co-stars, but as ac­tor and pro­ducer. In an ex­clu­sive chat with HT Café, Ak­shay opens up about tack­ling the is­sue of men­strual hy­giene, break­ing ta­boos and work­ing with Twin­kle.

The sub­ject of Pad­man is very im­por­tant and bold. What made you de­cide to work on a sub­ject that’s never been talked about in Hindi cinema be­fore?

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.

This is an­other film in the long list of your films that gives a so­cial message. Are mak­ing these films a con­scious de­ci­sion?

I be­lieve that it was a con­scious de­ci­sion. There comes a time in one’s life when sub­stance be­gins to mat­ter more and more. I’ve estab­lished my­self enough as an ac­tor to now be able to ven­ture into these things. I will al­ways want to make my au­di­ence laugh, but if I can en­cour­age a new mind­set, then I be­lieve that’s the best ser­vice I can do as an ac­tor.

How was the ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with Twin­kle as a pro­ducer? Was she a strict task mas­ter?

I felt even more re­spon­si­ble than usual to de­liver my best be­cause she was be­hind this pro­ject. This is her baby, right from the con­cept. This is some­thing we are do­ing to­gether for the first time. I am happy that it is not a mun­dane film. The film ad­dresses a topic that can truly im­pact a num­ber of lives.

PHOTO: HTBS

Ak­shay Ku­mar and Twin­kle Khanna with Arunacha­lam Mu­ru­ganan­tham

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