Bollywood ‘superhero film’ Pad Man about menstrual hygiene

It’s an unlikely scene in deeply conservative India: A hugely popular Bollywood male star grinning widely as he holds up a sanitary pad and talks of menstrual hygiene.

But that’s exactly what action hero Akshay Kumar did as he promoted his film Pad Man, which opened in theatres Friday. Kumar plays the lead role of a man who starts manufacturing inexpensive sanitary pads after he discovers his wife’s lack of access to them in a small town in southern India.

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