AKKI, TWIN­KLE PAIR UP TO AD­DRESS AN IM­POR­TANT IS­SUE

Ak­shay Ku­mar’s up­com­ing film that ad­dresses the crit­i­cal is­sue of men­strual hy­giene, is also Twin­kle Khanna’s de­but pro­duc­tion. The cou­ple chats with HT about the film

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

The sub­ject of Pad­man is very im­por­tant and one might say, 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 which hold us back. I have lived with women all my life, yet I have learnt more about the topic while mak­ing this film than I’ve ever known. I do not mind who I of­fend, or whose stom­ach I may turn by be­ing so bold so pub­licly, this is not the Stone Age, men­stru­at­ing is nat­u­ral.

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

I be­lieve 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 kind of ser­vice I can do as an ac­tor.

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

I felt even more re­spon­si­ble 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 and I am happy that it is not a mun­dane film but ad­dresses a topic that can truly im­pact lives.

Mak­ing Pad­man is not about be­ing bold, but about break­ing ta­boos that hold us back AK­SHAY KU­MAR, AC­TOR

PHOTO: HTBS

Ak­shay Ku­mar and Twin­kle Khanna with Arunacha­lam Mu­ru­ganan­tham

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