National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar has installed a sanitary pad vending machine in Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot and hopes to put several across India.
Akshay, whose latest release Padman delves into women dealing with menstrual hygiene, especially in rural India, took to Twitter recently to share a photograph of him along with Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray inaugurating the vending machine.
"Placed a sanitary pad vending machine at Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot today, hoping to place more across the state and eventually hopefully the whole country. Thank you Aaditya Thackeray for your support," he captioned the image.
Thackeray thanked Akshay and said that the film should cross the Rs 100-crore mark soon.
"Should cross the Rs 100 Crore mark soon! Thank you Akshay Kumarji for always being an inspiration to do good!" Thackeray tweeted.
"Pad Man" produced by Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna, is based on the life of social entrepreneur and activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin making machine.
The film, which released on February 9, also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.
In 1998, Arunachalam Muruganantham saw his wife using old rags for sanitary pads, he made a prototype that failed terribly. Thereafter, he used different materials and came up with new models for sanitary pads every month. In 1998, when Arunachalam Muruganantham saw his wife using old rags for sanitary pads, he made a prototype that failed terribly. Thereafter, he used different materials and came up with new models for sanitary pads every month. It took him two years to find the right material and another four years to come up with a way to process it. He is also known as the ‘India’s Menstrual Man’, and has already been widely documented and reported about by both the Indian and international media.
With inputs from IANS