India’s sanitary towel hero Pad Man bound for Bollywood glory

India’s sanitary towel hero Pad Man bound for Bollywood glory

Big-screen musical tells story of welder Arunachalam Muruganantham, who became a pioneer for menstrual health

Menstruation isn’t the most obvious topic for a blockbuster, but the story of how a lower-caste man from a village in India dropped out of school at 14 and became the unlikely champion of menstrual health in the subcontinent has become the subject of a Bollywood film released this week.

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The community thought I was a pervert. They wanted an exorcism because they thought I was possessed by demons

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