Akshay Kumar, who is playing the lead role in PadMan, which is based on the life of Tamil Nadu-based social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, launched a sanitary pad machine at the third edition of Versova Festival along with Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.
The sanitary pad machine is an initiative of the TEE Foundation, an NGO dedicated to tackle women’s issues, established by Hon. Dr. Bharati Lavekar, MLA – Versova Constituency, who is also the founder of Versova Festival.
Akshay, who has collaborated with the festival in order to promote menstrual hygiene, said, “82% of the menstrual women in India lack access to basic sanitary hygiene where most of them are resorting to unsafe materials like unsanitised cloth, ashes and husk, sand and leaves. I want to request the government to provide free sanitary pads to all the women, especially in rural areas. Let’s start with our very own Maharashtra, making it the first state to initiate this movement and spread it throughout the country.”
“Versova Festival is another platform where people can showcase different kind of talents that exist, but are hidden. This festival has helped us bring people together since past two years, and this year again we have tried to extend our reach by launching the sanitary pad machine amidst the people who have been a part of the festival or not. It is significant to see so many people gather to celebrate a noteworthy initiative and will continue to do so in future as well,” said Dr. Bharati Lavekar.
PadMan is slated to release on February 9.