PadMan actor Radhika Apte talks about her next movie ‘Padman’.
She says, Daughters are told about periods by their mothers, why can’t fathers talk about it?
She is one Bollywood actor who believes in portraying real characters over larger-than-life characters.
She has won hearts of critics and viewers alike with her unconventional roles like that of a village girl Lajjo in Parched, a girl affected by Agoraphobia in Phobia, fiery village woman Faguniya in Manjhi The Mountain Man and titular role of Ahalya in Sujoy Ghosh Bengali short film Ahalya.
Radhika plays the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife in R Balki directorial.
The film bankrolled by Twinkle Khanna promotes menstrual hygiene and has actor Radhika Apte playing the role of a village girl who struggles during menstruation but doesn’t approve of her husband gifting her sanitary pads or him trying to revolutionise the thinking of people who consider menstruation a taboo.
Talking about her film, she says, “There are three things for which we made this film. First, it is an incredibly inspiring story that needs to be told.”
“Second, if we can make people talk about periods, that would make a lot of difference and third, it’s high time that people understand that menstrual hygiene is of utmost importance. Bacteria thrive on period blood and if you do not use a clean material you can get different kinds of infections and it is extremely dangerous for health, she added.
Talking about her first thoughts about PadMan, Radhika said, “It was a very inspiring story that I didn’t know. Secondly, I thought it was a great way of presenting an important subject in front of the people because people will be entertained, they will relate to it and we will still see an awareness spread so I was very happy that I was on board for the film.”
PadMan is based on the life of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented a low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine.
Arunachalam tried to break the taboo around menstruation in a conservative society and managed to convince the women of his village to use sanitary pads instead of cloth rags or leaves.
Radhika who was among the first few actors who experimented with various platforms and formats of cinema talked about the boom of web series and short films.
From doing theatre, art films, short films to working in regional cinema, the actor has barely left any territory unexplored.
And now with her upcoming Bollywood release, PadMan, we will see her creating the character of a naive and innocent village girl Gayatri on the silver screen.
‘Padman’ releases on February 9.–CINEWS