Akshay Kumar’s fans are very excited for upcoming film ‘PadMan’. The movie will highlight the importance of sanitary napkins which add months to a woman’s life.
PadMan movie is inspired by Tamil Nadu based social activist Arunachala who is the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine.
He created a low-cost sanitary napkin machine which revolutionised sanitary hygiene in rural India.
Who is Arunachalam Muruganantham
* Born in 1962, Arunachalam is a social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu.
* The social entrepreneur is the school drop-out from Coimbatore.
* He made his life’s mission to provide low-cost sanitary napkins to change the lives poor women across rural India.
* Muruganantham’s father was a handloom worker, and he was aware of nitty-gritties of machine and cotton for pads.
* Arunachalam Muruganantham’s story is Akshay Kumar’s inspiration for his upcoming Bollywood film, Padman.
From where did he get the inspiration to make cotton pads?
He learnt that women face lot of problems during menstruation from his wife Shanthi in 1998. One day, Muruganantham went into town to buy a sanitary pad for her. After buying pads he wondered why 10g of cotton, which at the time cost 10 paise , should sell for 4 rupees – 40 times the price. So, he decided he could make them cheaper himself.
He made his life mission to make affordable cotton pads for women. Initially he started making the perfect sanitary pad for his wife. He fashioned a sanitary pad out of cotton and asked his wifeto give feedback. She said he’d have to wait for at least a month, only then did he realize that periods/menstruation were monthly. So he wanted more volunteers.
He went to his sister and other women but all refused to use it as they were too shy to give him detailed feedback. When he looked into it further, he became extremely worried and shocked by the fact that women often used things such as sand, rags, leaves and even ash while menstruating. It is then when he decided to throw out traditional unhygienic practices around menstruation in rural India.
He became a Menstrual Man who wore a sanitary pad
When Muruganantham did not find any volunteer then he decided to try sanitary napkins on himself. He created a ‘uterus’ for himself from a football bladder and filled it with goat’s blood. He was so determined and passionate about his work that he used to roam around with the bladder tied under his clothes. By doing this he was checking the absorption rate of the sanitary napkins made by him.
He began to smell foul and sometimes his clothes were often stained with blood. His neighbours used to think that Muruga was either ill or perverted. The villagers thought that he was possessed by evil spirits.
His wife became upset by the constant gossip and left him to live with her mother. But the real Padman did not stop. It took him two years and three months to discover what sanitary pads are made of.
After years of hard work, he succeeded in creating a low-cost method for the production of sanitary pads. His invention has changed the lives of millions of women in rural India. He created jobs for rural women.
* He was awarded by Fromer Indian President Pratibha Patil. He is successfully running a napkin business and more than 21,000 women employees work in his venture.
* Muruganantham received Padma Shri award in 2016.
* He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014.
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