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'PadMan': Muruganantham, the Coimbatore innovator whose life is now a Bollywood film

CinemaWhile Kollywood missed out on making a film about this man who made cost-effective sanitary napkins, Bollywood has grabbed the opportunity.Tnm Staff Muruganantham_Padman.jpgThe trailer for Akshay Kumar's PadMan based on the inspiring life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an innovator obsessed with the idea of creating cost-effective sanitary pads, is out and has garnered over 20 million views to date. The film also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. In a country where menstruation is still spoken of as a shameful secret, PadMan follows the extraordinary journey of a Coimbatore school drop-out who made it his life's mission to provide low-cost sanitary napkins to poor women across rural India. Superman, Batman and Deadpool are going to have to share their limelight with him come January 2018. Though Muruganantham is from Tamil Nadu, PadMan will be set in Madhya Pradesh. The Tamil film industry has missed the bus and Bollywood has eagerly grabbed the opportunity. The unconventional subject can be attributed to the fact that the idea was pushed by Twinkle Khanna. The film has been conceptualised by Twinkle and will be the first production that’s going to roll out of her newly launched production house, ‘Mrs Funnybones Movies’. Muruganantham, also known as ‘India’s Menstrual Man’, has already been widely documented and reported about by both the Indian and international media. Twinkle herself has based the story ‘The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land’ in her new book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad on this Padma Shri winner. Well, why wouldn’t the amazing journey of a school drop-out who now lectures at Harvard, besides IITs and IIMs back home, make for an engaging film? The guy is now rubbing shoulders with Bill Gates and James Cameron no less. Image courtesy: Facebook/Muruganantham with Bill Gates Image courtesy: Facebook/Muruganantham with James Cameron and wife Here are some interesting facts from Muruganantham’s life: Muruganantham wanted to provide a clean, low-cost sanitary pad for his wife after discovering that she used dirty unhygienic rags He experimented by making pads out of cotton, which did not work He used his experiments on his wife and sisters to check if his indigenous pads were effective but they refused to continue using them after a few trials Muruganantham approached female medical students to try out his product, but they were shy and refused He then decided to wear the sanitary pad himself Muruganantham went around with a pad in his underwear and a bottle filled with animal blood, which would squeeze out the blood on to the pad at regular intervals His neighbours started calling him a ‘pervert’ and his wife decided to leave him hoping it would bring him back to his senses, and even served him a divorce notice After 2 years of research and findings, Muruganantham figured out how to procure the exact material he needed and the process to manufacture a good quality sanitary pad at home Muruganantham’s low-cost sanitary pad making machines are now sold across India and are even being procured internationally In 2014 Time magazine featured him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world Watch Muruganantham's Ted Talk in Bengaluru here: This article was first published on The Quint. Read the original article here. Enanble Notification: NoTNM Marquee: No
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Top 10 Indian Documentaries of 2013

Top 10 Indian Documentaries of 2013
2013 proved to be yet another exciting year for Indian documentaries: they screened at numerous international film festivals and took home awards. In a small but significant step, a few of them even found their way into theatres in India. Though the domestic funding and distribution scenario still remains gloomy, there’s much to rejoice in the international acclaim that these documentaries have found in the last year.

We have compiled a list of the 10 most successful documentaries of 2013, taking into account factors such as film festivals, awards, popularity, reviews and distribution.

Special Mention for Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s Celluloid Man that has recently been selected for its fiftieth festival, Saurav Sarangi’s Char..The No Man’s Island and Nishtha Jain’s Gulabi Gang for still being hot on the festival circuit and Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam’s When Hari Got Married for its theatrical release in August. All
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4 Indian nominations at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013 including Lunchbox

4 Indian nominations at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013 including Lunchbox
Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man and Shilpa Ranade’s The World of Goopi and Bagha have been nominated under different categories for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Rajeev Ravi has earned a nomination for Achievement in Cinematography in Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout.

The Lunchbox has been nominated for Best Screenplay while The World of Goopi and Bagha has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category.

Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man, a Singapore – India co-production, has been nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Film. The film made its Canadian Premiere at the HotDocs, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto and was screened at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (Idfa).

A total of 39 films from 22 countries will compete in nine different categories. The award ceremony will be held December 12, 2013 in Brisbane.

The jury is headed by Shyam Benegal and comprises South Korean director Kim Tae-yong,
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'Menstrual Man' made men think, women laugh at Diff

Dharamsala, Oct 26: Amit Virmani's "Menstrual Man" presented the problem that Indian women are hesitant to talk about - menstruation days. The film that showed the journey from rags to pads was termed remarkable by men and women alike who caught its screening here.

It was screened at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts at McLeod Ganj here Friday as a part of the ongoing Dharamshala International Film Festival (Diff).

The show had more male viewers than females who were laughing and applauding the efforts by the main character of the film, A. Muruganatham, to improve the lives of rural women during their "period.
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Virmani plans to take 'Menstrual Man' to girls schools

Dharmshala, Oct 25: Filmmaker Amit Virmani is in talks with Independent Television Service (Itvs) to screen his film in different girls schools in India in an attempt to raise awareness about hygiene.

"We are talking with Itvs to show these films in girls schools here... they are planning something in India and will roll it out soon," said the Singapore-based filmmaker during the screening of his film "Menstrual Man" at the second edition of Dharamshala International Film Festival (Diff) 2013 here.

The 63-minute documentary revolves around Arunachalam Muruganantham, an Indian social entrepreneur, who is on a mission to.
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Dharamshala International Film Festival 2013 unveils line-up

Dharamshala International Film Festival 2013 unveils line-up
The line-up of the 2nd edition of the Dharamshala International Film festival has been announced. The festival will showcase feature films, documentaries and short films.

Organised by White Crane Arts & Media; the festival will be held from October 24 – 27, 2013 in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala.

This year, a new section ‘Art and Film’ has been introduced at the festival in collaboration with Vienna-based Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation. The section will feature art films made by international artists Sean Snyder, Wael Shawky, Marine Hugonnier, Omer Fast, Walid Raad and Rabih Mroué.

The Best of recent Indian Shorts curated by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni will also be showcased.

Besides, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky’s Watermark will make its world premiere at the festival.

Some of the film personalities who will attend the festival are: Jacek Borcuch (Lasting), Nishtha Jain (Gulabi Gang), Nitin Kakkar (Filmistaan), Avijit Mukul Kishore (To Let the World In), Nagraj Manjule (Fandry
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Three Indian docs selected for Idfa 2013

Three Indian docs selected for Idfa 2013
Menstual Man by Amit Virmani and Powerless or Katiyabaaz by Fahad Mustafa and Deepti Kakkar will screen under the Relecting Images: Best of Fests section while My Name is Salt by Farida Pacha will compete in the Idfa Competition for First Appearance section at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. The festival will be held from November 20 – December 1, 2013.

Amit Virmani’s Menstrual Man is a Singapore – India production. Arunachalam Muruganantham is considered a madman in his village for he has achieved a feat that is considered to be pervert by his community. He has devised a manually operated machine to make low-cost sanitary pads. The napkins are made by and for rural Indian women. The film made its Canadian Premiere at the HotDocs, the Canadian International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto this year.

Powerless or Katiyabaaz traces the city of Kanpur that has 15-hour power cuts. Hundreds of people steal electricity,
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