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Hope 'Padman' will start conversations within homes: Twinkle Khanna
Her debut film production "Padman" is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India

  Her debut film production "Padman" is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India. Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna says she is hopeful that the film will bring a spotlight on something that has been "hidden in the darkness" for so long.

"If nothing else, I am hoping that it will start a conversation within homes," Twinkle told IANS in an email interview when asked about the message "Padman" will give amongst masses.

"Something that has been hidden in the darkness, furtively wrapped in newspaper, will finally be in the spotlight so that a young girl can go up to her parents and say that she needs sanitary pads over the ubiquitous fairness creams," she added.

The film is based on a short story from Twinkle's book "The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad". The story is inspired from the life of Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine.

The book has already sold 100,000 copies.

"Padman" stars her husband Akshay Kumar as Murugunathan, while Radhika Apte plays his wife. Actor Sonam Kapoor will also be seen in a special role in the movie, which is being directed by R Balki.

"The only reason that I decided to produce this movie after writing a fictionalized story about Arunachalam Muruganantham was because I felt it was an important story that needed to penetrate households across India. Cinema is the only medium that has such a wide reach," she said.

As a producer, Twinkle is keen to take up stories that are "compelling regardless of genre".
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