The epitome of consciousness
Mashiyath Rifa Ehsan unfolds the inner message of the movie.
Padman, starring Akshay Kumar, features on raising awareness about women's menstruation and the superstitions surrounding the feminine physical metabolism. It is a movie revolving around a blacksmith in remotest part of India, being concerned about his newly-wed wife's menstruation dealings, and the steps he takes to resolve the problems of using the same cloth many times for cleansing and sanitation.
This Hindi film focuses on issues of such as, where menstruation is still considered a taboo in rural India, and sheds some light of lack of proper cleansing and purification occurrence and also raises concerns regarding high price of sanitary napkins.
While watching this movie, I share the same experience when the protagonist of the movie felt the same feeling. Our maid servant who comes from a village uses the same cloth during her period over five days or more. Moreover, in many middle class families of Bangladesh, where price of sanitary napkins is a big concern, uses of cotton and cloth for menstruation cleansing, which is also unhygienic and can be infectious for women.
Padman, as a special awareness movie, shows how sanitary napkins can be hand-made and be used properly with safe and hygienic purposes within reasonable price. From early days the rural and middle class families of Bangladesh, using the same cloth and cotton during menstruation and it has become a regular practice for them, neglecting the dangers of health and hygiene problems of such practices.
Therefore, the movie plays a positive role of helping out women during such needful times. It can also be a good lesson for rural and urban population of Bangladesh for developing the cost effective sanitary napkins and using it for women during their urgent need in such a natural period.
The movie is an enlightening one to watch, and raising awareness about how menstruation should be properly dealt. In a male dominated society where discussion of such a matter is considered as a shameful act. The movie is a bold, brave and big-hearted one to raise awareness about using of hygienic sanitary napkins. In rural Bangladesh, its usefulness should be introduced and awareness should be created among our womenfolk for their sound health and good physic. The visionaries and philanthropist of the Indian movie world have set up a good example for South Asian women and even men, raising consciousness about health hazardless and cleanliness, prevalent from ages to ages in the region.
The reviewer is a practicing lawyer