Aim to create awareness without looking at commercial aspects: Akshay on ‘Padman’

Vastavam web: Actor Akshay Kumar today said with “Padman”, about a man who develops a low cost sanitary pads, they are trying to reach out to a wider audience without looking at the commercial aspects of the movie.”With ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ we had shown it (film) on Doordarshan channel, the government is also doing a good job by taking the film in a pen-drive and showing it in villages so that more people can see the film and understand it.Akshay’s wife Twinkle, who is one of the producers of the film, said the team got in touch with various ministries about showing the film in schools in smaller towns and cities, to make more people aware about menstrual hygiene.

“We would want the film to be shown to school girls and principals, so it penetrates where it has to. At least we are hoping a conversation starts where the same girls, who can’t afford a sanitary pad, would say to their parents that we don’t need fairness creams, we need sanitary pads so that we can go to schools.””I do this (referring to social-real issue films) but at the same time I am also enjoying doing commercial cinema. I am also doing a film like ‘Houseful’. I have done all kinds of film, I love doing films. This (social issue) kind of cinema attracts me, it gives me satisfaction as an actor and as a human being.”

Akshay is happy that people especially men have today openly started talking about sanitary pads, and hoped that post the release of “Padman”, things would only get better.He hoped the movie will help stop superstitions like not touching the pickle or entering the kitchen during one’s period.”Padman” is directed by R Balki and it also stars Sonam Kapoor in a pivotal role. It will open in cinema houses on January 26.On this, the “Airlift” actor said, “I was on stage when I saw the name of Bill Gates. It is amazing. I feel more change improvement is needed. A year back, there were 54 per cent cases of open defecation and now not it has come down to 34 per cent, things are moving.