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Nayandeep Rakshit (DNA; April 26, 2017)
Entrepreneur, writer, hands-on mother and wife and now, film producer. Twinkle Khanna dons all those hats with effortless ease. Her latest duty sees her turn producer for husband Akshay Kumar with Padman (and a social crusader, dare we add?).
Her role, she says, “is to put the project together. I got Mr Arunachalam Muruganantham on board. And now, I want to make sure we do the film efficiently. Which is why I was on the set.” Padman is about Arunachalam, who invented cheap sanitary pads for women in his village. The film features Akshay in the lead role with Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte for company in a film that hopes to shrug off the stigma around a topic considered taboo. Twinkle agrees, “People don’t really want to talk about sanitary pads. Men are hesitant to say ‘periods’. In that sense, I think Pad Man will cater to a lot of people across the world.”
Axe the tax
Films are made to aspire to magical box-office targets, but Twinkle is expecting a different takeaway from her film. “Eventually, I hope we can make sanitary pads tax-free. There is already a petition online asking for the same. Because these are things where there shouldn’t be any tax. They are necessities, not luxuries.”
An online petition has already been filed asking the government to waive taxes on sanitary pads. “I think the release of Pad Man would definitely push the petition through and I am going to positively work on that as well,” she signs off.