There’s a lot of appreciation and anticipation doing rounds for the upcoming movie ‘Pad-Man’, not only for Akshay Kumar, who is playing the main lead in the movie, but this time for the man he is portraying in the flick. Yes, we are talking about the real life ‘Pad-Man’, who made the real difference, that is Arunachalam Muruganantham.
Back in 1998, when Muruganantham saw his better-half in a dreadful situation because she was old rags in the name of sanitary pads, he decided to take the matters in his own hands. He created a prototype of sanitary pad that terribly failed. But, he did not lose hope. Rather, he tried using different materials and introduced a fresh prototype for the pads every month. Later, he asked few of the volunteers to try his prototype from a nearby medical college, since there was a month’s gap between each model tested by his wife. Even though, the female students agreed to use his prototype, they were shy to give him the precise feedback. Ultimately, he decided to test them himself.
Muruganantham took 2 years to discover the right material and another 4 years to find a right way to process it. As a result, he created an easy-to-use machine for making low-cost sanitary pads. His prototype machine came at just $950 as compared the imported machines, whose cost was more than $5,00,000. This empowered the women’s groups or schools to purchase this machine, as they could now, make their own sanitary pads and sell the excess. This created jobs for these rural women in India.
This is how a revolution was kick-started by Muruganantham, who was also awarded with Padma Shri by the former President Pranab Mukherjee. He sold 1,300 machines to 27 indian states. Of late, he even started out exporting these machines to other developing nations all around the globe.
Muruganantham has set a great example and has stood the test of times by becoming a renowned social entrepreneur. He was named amongst world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine in 2014.
The upcoming Bollywood movie Padman is the true representation of Muruganantham’s journey. Starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, and Sonam Kapoor, the movie trailer has already raised everyone’s expectations and got more than 20 million views on Youtube. Kumar’s wife. Twinkle Khanna came up with the brilliant idea for this movie.
As per the reports, Muruganantham story has already been covered worldwide as ‘India’s Menstrual Man’. Moreover, the story basis Muruganantham, named ‘The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land’ has been penned down by Twinkle Khanna herself in her latest book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.
A Bollywood movie named PadMan has been made out of Muruganantham’s story, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, and Sonam Kapoor. The trailer which was released recently gathered more than 20 million views on YouTube. It was Twinkle Khanna, the lead actor’s wife, who came up with the idea for this movie.
Take a look at one of the TED talks speech delivered by Muruganatham in Bengaluru:
(Video Source: Youtube)