Menstruation is a process associated with women natural lives. Every year on 28th May, Menstrual Hygiene Day is celebrated all over the world. It was launched in 2014 by the German NGO ‘Wash United’. The purpose behind celebrating this is to make girls / women aware of cleanliness and safety in periods i.e. those five days of the month.
Today through this article, we are going to tell you about the five best films that have made people aware of this while giving a deep message of menstrual hygiene to the society:
Pad Man is a comedy-drama film released in the year 2018, with writer-director R.K. Balki is The film featured Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. The film is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social worker from Tamil Nadu, who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkin machine.
At the 66th National Film Awards, the film Pad Man received the best film award on other social issues. Akshay Kumar’s performance in the film was highly praised, for which he received the Best Actor nomination at the 64th Filmfare Awards.
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The film on women menstruation in rural India has won an Oscar award in the documentary short subject category at the 91st Academy Awards. The short film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Reka Zhatabchi, produced by Indian producer Guneet Monga’s Sikh Entertainment. The film came out as a part of The Pad Project, which was started by students and their teacher Melissa Burton at Oakwood School in Los Angeles. The documentary film is about Hapur village outside Delhi, where women lead a quiet revolution, as they fight the deepest stigma of menstruation.
For generations, these women did not have access to sanitary pads, which lead to health issues and girls leaving school. When a sanitary pad vending machine is installed in the village, women learn to manufacture and market their pads by empowering their community. She bears her brand name “FLY”.
- Gaukor: A Period House
Priyanka Pathak is the writer-director of this film based on real customs. The story of the film is about a 14-year-old girl named Rani, who married 30-year-old Baldev. She starts menstruating 1 day before the wedding, so Baldev is very upset. His family treats her untouchable rather than welcoming a new bride. She should stay in the hut on the edge of the village for 4 days due to customs. A hut outside the village where girls and women are banished during menstruation is called GAOKOR. Steps have been taken to improve the conditions of GAOKORS, but not to end the practice. The film shows a serious violation of the human rights of women.
- Menstrual Education Film
Directed by Adhiraj Krishna and Nirav Purohit, the film was written by Vaibhav Dwivedi, Adhiraj Krishna and Vinay Chaurasia. The film is based on the menstruation of school going teenagers. A great and commendable effort has been made to make adolescent girls aware of menstruation through the film.
- Mahina: A Story About Father-Daughter Relationship
“Mahina” is the story of a man named Veer, who lives with his 13-year-old daughter, Jaggu. His wife died 10 years ago. The film deals with the tender relationship of a father and a daughter when Veer learns that Jaggu has got menstruation for the first time. The film describes how Veer explains to Jaggu about menstruation because Jaggu does not know what it is. The film, starring Kenneth Desai, Ayushi Sangle, Malhar Attakekar, Sangeeta Bharti, Ishan Arora, is directed by Tanisha Aggarwal and Saurabh Mhatre is the producer of the film.