Wednesday, August 21, 2019
News

Balki dedicates National Award to the real Pad Man

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Mumbai | Tuesday, 2019 4:20:53 PM IST
Filmmaker R. Balki is happy that his film "Pad Man" won the National Film Award for Best Film On Social Issue because, more than just a critical achievement, the honour indicates the start of a conversation on menstrual hygiene. This, Balki, believes, was the dream of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man whose life inspired the film.

"For me, the biggest validation is the film has worked as a conversation starter worldwide. Menstruation hygiene is a topic that has not been addressed in the mainstream cinema around the world. Our film is the first one. Of course, a National Award is an honour for all of us, but the happiness lies in the fact that the film has served its purpose of creating awareness. Men and women have started talking about sanitary pads on public platforms, and that has not happened before," Balki told IANS.

He added that the award truly belongs to Muruganantham.

"The first thought that came to my mind (on hearing the news of the victory) was that this National Award belongs to Muruganantham. This is the first time in the history of cinema that a feature film has been made on menstrual hygiene, but the whole journey started with his work. So, I have to say the whole credit goes to him. Yes, we worked on the film, but it was Muruganantham's thoughts and journey (that inspired the film). He is a man with an extraordinary thought. He is an inspiration," said Balki.

The film used a fictitious protagonist names Laxmikant, played by Akshay Kumar, to capture the journey of Muruganantham, who introduced low-cost sanitary pads in Tamil Nadu, especially to women who were unable to access sanitary pads owing to expenses and social taboo regarding menstruation.

"Pad Man" featured Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, and released on February 9 last year and was a success. The film later released worldwide, in countries including China and Russia.

The film was based on the short story, "The Sanitary Man Of Sacred Land", written by Twinkle Khanna, who was also the producer of the film.

Being the writer-director of the film, Balki shared: "I would rather say that this kind of film could have not done justice to its subject, if it would have just remained a successful film at the box office or at an award ceremony. We wanted to create a change, and that is why I am proud of the film as a director."

Balki has spoken to Muruganantham after the announcement of the National Film Award and according to him, "he (Muruganantham) is overjoyed, he is very glad. He was now saying the film has started a conversation and awareness, and everywhere he travels, he gets to hear how the film has created an impact on people and opened up conversation at the grassroot level".

--IANS aru/vnc

( 487 Words)

2019-08-12-18:46:05 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Rapper DIVINE signed up by Nas' Mass App...
Working with Kareena Kapoor is an achiev...
Parineeti Chopra's look from 'The Girl o...
Amy Adams-starrer 'The Woman in the Wind...
'Batla House' crosses Rs 50 crore mark...
Manjari silently working on musical skil...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
First encounter in J&K since abrogation ...
Stalin dubs actions of CBI, ED against C...
Corrupt IL&FS management flouted rules...
Evergreening loans: IFIN lent to stresse...
IL&FS antics: Lending behemoth without '...
Army to set up Human Rights section...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Apple's digital credit card now ava... 
Financial institutions debit Rs 759... 
Facebook requires 'significant work... 
IL&FS did not disclose NPAs for 4 y... 
Ex-MP CM Babulal Gaur passes away... 
Yamuna water level not rising anymo... 
Truck operators' strike enters thir... 
Rahul, Priyanka come out in Chidamb...