It is a scene from the movie, 20th-Century Women. Directed by Mike Mills, the flick was released in 2016. All of them are seated in a small cubicle-sized room at a dining table. I mean, it is claustrophobic. Nevertheless, they are chilling and discussing. Suddenly, Dorothea (Dorothea is a mid-life crisis divorced woman) asks her son Jamie to wake Abbie who is seated heads down on the table. So, when Jamie did requests, holding her arm, she openly responds that she is menstruating. Well, of course, Dorothea mildly retaliates. Consequently, Abbie propounds on the significance of the reality of this natural monthly release in women.
This scene is indeed creative because it is like an artistic propaganda serving to realize the openness of the menstruation. Abbie makes Jamie (he is a just 15-year-old boy) to assertively utter the word “Menstruation”. Following with others to repeat the same, she stresses on the fact that it is just fine and easy. Hence, there is nothing to hide about. The subtle way by just repeating the word “Menstruation”, it gradually seeps in each being around the periphery of that table. She did strengthen her views by delivering some soul-stirring dialogues.
The Story of Padman
The above-mentioned segment forms a compacted gist of the movie, Padman. Directed by R.Balki, the movie slowly paces up to hook you until the end when Akshay Kumar by his modest demeanor touches your every corpuscle. He moves you, definitely. You will unknowingly move out of his superstar stature and crowd-pleasing usual maneuvers to realize the real character of a common rural man. The man who is trying to implement a social change. Although the movie has purposely edited the reality, may be on the grounds of public protocol, the women will so very much relate to the nitty-gritty nuances that they follow in their household during those 4 divine days.
It is indeed a groundbreaking attempt. That said, it is a sort of icing on the cake of sanitary napkins’ campaigning, throughout India at this duration. The point is clearly stated. The taboo attached to the periods is so rampant. Be it a city or rural, it is the stringent prevalence that snatches the liberty of women’s way to live. Consequently, the movie nails the cause. In the times when you can see innumerable campaigns and agenda to cut the taxes or lower the prices of sanitary napkins, Padman marks an effectual punch.
Padman – Inspired by Arunachalam Muruganantham’s True Story
Padman is a real narrative of Arunachalam Murugunananthan from Tamil Nadu. Observing his wife using rags and newspapers during her days of menstruation, he resorts to experimenting with cotton and other material. After a series of failure, he finds the technique to manufacture the cellulose fiber-made sanitary napkins.
Arunachalam Muruganantham is an inventor of Sanitary napkins machine that produces low-budgeted pads. The non-commercial business grew throughout the nation, while it had demand from overseas, too. Reveling in his stardom, he had faced a lot of emotional turmoil when his familial members did not empathize his actions and venture.
The point is about to see the fact just as it is. This was clear in his head. His effort, that too in a territory that is totally stranger and unknown to the norms, Arunachalam Murugantaham undauntedly toiled, devoid of the inhibitions, to attain his noble objective. The objective to deliver low-cost sanitary napkins to every woman in rural India.
Urvi Chheda is an Artist and Writer based in Mumbai, India. She excessively pens her thoughts, after diligent analysis and research, on the subjects of Art, History, Mythology, Travel and Culture. She is a passionate Climber and Marathoner.