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PadMan actress Radhika Apte speaks about menstruation issue in India


Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte, who plays a key role in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Pad Man“, says the menstruation taboo has not only existed among men, but also among women who are conditioned for years not to talk about the natural process openly. “Pad Man”, based on the story of a real-life hero, addresses the issue of menstrual hygiene and is aimed at creating awareness about it.

Asked if the film can bring any change in the society, Radhika says, “I think the taboo attached to menstruation is not only among men, but women as well. It is happening for years. Even women feel uncomfortable to talk about it openly.Mothers taught their daughters how not to talk about it openly, not to go to the kitchen or not to enter the temple. So it does not just exist among men but women as well. Though I think one film cannot bring all the changes to a practice that is happening for ages, if people start talking about menstruation comfortably, be aware of the importance of menstruation hygiene, it would be more than enough for us. And it is also about the journey of an individual who struggled through his life for a cause. It is an incredible story.”

Starting her acting career in theatre, Radhika has acted not only in Bollywood films, but also in various regional language films ranging from those in Bengali and Tamil to Telugu and Malayalam. She has been appreciated by critics and audience for some of her fine performances in films like “Rakht Charitra”, “Badlapur”, “Parched”, “Phobia”, “Manjhi – The Mountain Man” and “Kabali”.

Asked if putting in so much work for her characters in every film at times exhausts her, Radhika said, “I like to work hard for a character that I play. I enjoy the process of doing my homework. It does not exhaust me as it is enriching. For a performing artiste, it is the biggest high.”

This year, the actress is working on several projects including films like “Bazaar”, “Bhavesh Joshi”, “Shoot the Piano Player” and web series “Sacred Games”.