America has Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. But India has “Padman.”
Based on the short story “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land,” from “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad” by Tina “Twinkle” Khanna, the Sony Pictures Entertainment film tells the true story of a man who had an explosive affect on his country.
In the movie set in rural India, a determined inventor upsets his family and invites talk of scandal when he tries to develop and market a low-cost sanitary pad.
In real life, Arunachalam Muruganantham invented a cost effective machine to provide sanitary napkins to the women of India in 2006. Until then, sanitary napkins were a luxury item that many women could not afford to use. Muruganantham was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014.
The film also stars Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoora and Radhika Apte.
R Balki wrote directed the film, which was produced by Mrs Funnybones Movies, SPE Films India, KriArj Entertainment and Hope Productions.”
Watch the trailer above.
“Padman” bows domestically and internationally on January 26.