Akshay Kumar to play role of Arunachalam Muruganantham
If you have read Twinkle Khanna’s latest book ‘The Legend of
Lakshmi Prasad’, you may remember the story of a man who made low-cost sanitary
pads for rural women. Now, her husband Akshay Kumar is all set to bring the story
to life on the big screen.
In Twinkle’s maiden production venture that will be directed
by R Balki, Akshay will essay the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who found
a way to make cheaper sanitary napkins that could be afforded by women in his
village. When he saw that his wife uses filthy rags during her menstruation
because she couldn’t afford expensive sanitary napkins, Muruganantham took it
upon himself to design experimental pads. Initially ridiculed and even shunned
by his family and village, his low-cost sanitary napkins have now made a huge
difference to the lives of rural women.
After narrating this real-life incident in her collection of
short stories, Twinkle thought it would make for an inspiring film. While the
concept will be hers, the story will be fleshed out by director R Balki.
Akshay, whose films like ‘Airlift’, ‘Special 26’ and ‘Rustom’ were inspired by
true events, will add another real-life story to his filmography.