Arunachalam Muruganantham, the real PadMan, shared his struggles, hardship and eventual success with mango Bollywood. A high school dropout, Muruganantham taught us it takes a lot of courage and will power to reach heights to which people only dare dream. A couple of days after the release of PadMan, a movie based on his life, we spoke to Mr. Arunachalam about the story of his life.
From going through a divorce to becoming an international success, Arunachalam Muruganantham faced a lot. Upon learning his wife was using old rags for her feminine hygiene needs, Arunachalm gets her sanitary pads. His new bride got extremely angry because he had used up a month’s worth of the housekeeping budget! “What will we eat now, she said!”
When he tried creating pads for her for the first time, he faced a lot of ridicule. Not only was he shunned by the rest of the villagers, he wife also left him for a little while. When asked how he dealt with all the ups and downs, he told us, “I feel grateful for what has happened so far it is what has made me what I’m today.” Not many know how to deal with such severe let downs in their lives and to see him overcome every adversary, one can only look at him with awe!
All the way from the beginning, Arunachalam had an uphill struggle to convince people about the need for low cost sanitary pads. His wife has always been his first and was also the toughest critic. When asked if the movie PadMan has brought about any changes or if there are still a lot of issues using the product, he says, “Awareness is missing. But things do have changed compared to 2 decades before.. still a long way to go.”
While most men squirm at even the sight of blood, Arunachalam understood the problem and could not bear to look at his wife suffering like this. Muruganantham says menstruation is a taboo not just in India but all over the world, “Yes, Menstrual hygiene is totally connected to a women’s health and lifestyle. Sanitary pad does play a role. We have over 80+% women not taking care of themselves. Lot of efforts needed to make them use hygienic practice.”
When asked about how tech giants like Google are using technology to their advantage, Muruganantham said.”Technology will surely play a important role To spread awareness – but still we need people to initiate the conversation – to start from home.”
On a lighter note, Arunachalam says the movie PadMan is a true tribute to all the things he went through in his life. According to him, Akshay Kumar played his role perfectly while Radhika Apte played the role of his wife to a tee! We asked him how similar the movie was to his life and he says, “Very similar! Except for the Sonam Kapoor part.” He further adds by saying his life could have been a lot more interesting if Sonam Kapoor’s character really was in it.
We at mango Bollywood are very grateful to Mr. Arunachalam and for his generous time. PadMan tells an inspiring story of a loving husband and an ignorant society. While it has gotten a lot of women talking about menstruation, as Arunachalam Murugantham says, solving the problem must start at home. The world is a better a place when men and women love and care enough for each other. We stand with the Real PadMan and wish him continued success in all his future endeavors!
Cheat India Trailer Released
Cheat India, Emraan Hashmi’s first production, finally has a trailer to its name. While Hashmi and team gave us a series of posters and teasers as an idea of what to expect from the film, the just dropped trailer tell us exactly what the film is about.
With Emraan Hashmi in the lead, Cheat India highlights the other side of the Indian education system. The longer than 2 minutes trailer shows Emraan playing the role of a man who says there is nothing wrong in taking money from the rich if it helps the poor get to a better place. Watch the trailer here.
On your ‘marks’, get set, CHEAT…..
The #CheatIndiaTrailer you’ve been waiting for: https://t.co/6Rayx2lIol@parveenshahani @itsBhushanKumar @tanuj_garg @EllipsisEntt @TSeries @EmraanHFilms @atulkasbekar @bangdu @s_dhan13 @khannasunny #CheatIndia #NakalMeinHiAkalHai pic.twitter.com/i7KoFY1tC2
— emraan hashmi (@emraanhashmi) December 12, 2018
Gripping, tight and to the point, the trailer shows Hashmi’s character playing the role of a middleman. Taking money from the rich and paying members from the lower factions of society to write exams, Hashmi’s character is unapologetic with this scam. Moving far away from the cliches a story like this can have, Cheat India tells a story many of us have only read in the papers or seen on the news.
The trailer is extremely well made and makes the most of the time in hand, with Emraan Hashmi moving away from being the eternal “serial kisser.” The no nonsense trailer is a relief and quite an eye opener, giving one hope this film is going to be a refreshing change in the current time in the world of Bollywood movies.
Directed by Soumik Sen, this particular Emraan Hashmi starrer shows the world the underworld side of education and how people can go to any length to get what they want. Co produced by the makers of Tumhari Sulu and Neerja, Cheat India is scheduled to hit the screens on 25th January, 2019!
Bollywood Movies Making It Hard To Wait For 2019
Move over 2018, your reign is coming to an end. With the new year coming upon us, it is only befitting to bid adieu to some of the truly brilliant films released in the past year to welcome some amazing movies in the new year! From Kesari to Brahmastra to Super 30, here’s our list of movies you have to watch in 2019!
Perhaps one of Karan Johar’s most ambitious projects to date, not only does Brahmastra have an impressive cast, it also has a wonderful storyline. Directed by Ayan Mukherji, this film is going to be released in multiple parts and is going to have Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead roles. Touted to be a romantic fairy tale with a supernatural spin to it, the first part of Brahmastra is scheduled to hit the screens on 15th August, 2019.
With Nawazuddin Siddiqui playing the lead in this political thriller, Thackeray talks about the life of Bal Thackeray, the founder of the Indian political party, Shiv Sena. While not much has been revealed about what to expect from this film, with such an exciting script and lead, the movie definitely seems to be promising. Thackeray is scheduled to hit the screens during January next year!
Starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles, Kesari tells the story of the Battle of Saragarhi. With a focus on the life and times of Havildar Ishar Singh, who fought hard to earn the respect of his daughter, Kesari tells a compelling story. Kesari is scheduled to hit the screens on 22nd March next year!
4. Super 30
While one would have thought the biopics trend was for this year and the last, Bollywood seems to think otherwise. A biopic about the life of Anand Kumar, a professor credited for making the dreams come true of those who could not afford to study, Super 30 stars Hrithik Roshan in the lead role. With debutant Mrunal Thakur playing the female lead, the film is scheduled to hit the screens during January 2019!
5. Hera Pheri 3
If you are an avid Bollywood films’ fan, then you cannot be more excited for the release of the third installment in the Hera Pheri series. With most of the original cast like Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal, this new part will see a smattering of new faces! While the release date hasn’t been finalised yet, the excitement levels certainly are at an all time high!
6. Gully Boy
Based on the lives of the extremely popular rappers, Vivian Fernandes aka Divine and Naved Shaikh aka Naezy, who are primarily known for their song, Mere Gully Mein, Gully Boy is one of the most anticipated films for the coming year. With Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, the movie is scheduled to hit the screens on Valentine’s Day next year. You know what you are going to do then, right?
With its fair share of ups and downs, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika is finally scheduled to hit the screens next year. Based on the epic life of Rani of Jhansi, the movie sees Kangana play not only the role of the lead actress, but also the role of a director for the first time in her career. Originally scheduled to hit the screens at the end of this year, Manikarnika is finally going to release on the 25th of January, 2019!
With so many films to look forward to, 2019 is definitely going to be an exciting for Bollywood. What movie are you waiting to watch? Comment and let us know!
Cast: Sara Ali Khan, Sushant Singh Rajput, Pooja Gor and Nitish Bhardwaj
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Based on a love story that comes together in the light of a tragic life altering disaster, Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath brings together multiple issues (love through religions and natural calamities to name a few,) weaving a beautiful tale toward the end. Centered around the cloud burst and the subsequent flash floods of 2013 in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath attempts at bridging the gap caused by religion in the wake of a natural calamity.
Mansoor Khan, a local porter (played by Sushant Singh Rajput,) falls in love with Mukku, a Hindu girl (played by Sara Ali Khan) visiting the holy temple of Kedarnath. While Mukku’s and Mansoor’s parents play the disapproving parents of children who fall in love despite all that is against them, Mansoor plays the man who proves that he doesn’t care about all the odds very obviously stacked against him.
With the devastating floods playing one of the key elements in this particular movie, the strong love between the two leads (with their own fair share of drama,) makes for the rest of the parts. As Sara Ali Khan’s debut film, Kedarnath could not have worked better in bringing out the best in her. Another point that works really well for this Abhishek Kapoor directorial is the fact, it proves love exists no matter what. In fact, one of the key points in this movie is the way Kapoor shows Muslim porters living in harmony in a town where Shiva is the main idol.
While Sara Ali Khan plays the girl who just cannot stop talking, Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of an unconventional hero. With seasoned ease and skill, Sushant Singh Rajput shows us the many layers involved in a sensitive issue such as love between people belonging to different religions. Although Abhishek Kapoor seems to be constantly revising a story already told multiple times in the past, Kedarnath has its own positives in the way story is treated. While the story may be one which has already been told, the film is refreshing and is worth a watch!
Simmba Song, Aankh Marey, Is Here
“Oh God! One more remake!” is Karan Johar’s opening line in Aankh Marey (a remake of the song from the 1996 movie, Tere Mere Sapne,) the just dropped song from Ranveer Singh’s and Rohit Shetty’s upcoming film, Simmba! While the last few years were all about the makeovers and revised versions, this old favourite has been remade quite well! Unlike the other remakes which released this year, Aankh Marey seems fresh and entertaining, without destroying the feels of the original song.
Written by Shabbir Ahmed, this song opens to Karan Johar dancing to the beats. Moving through the song, there are different scenes with Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh grooving to the tunes of this peppy number. Listen to it here.
Old-skool jam <—> Nu-skool cred !!!
🕺🏻💃🏻 #AankhMarey 😜 https://t.co/ZxYk70w5x1#RohitShetty @karanjohar #SaraAliKhan @SonuSood @RSPicturez @RelianceEnt @DharmaMovies @SimmbaTheFilm @TSeries @iAmNehaKakkar @MikaSingh @tanishkbagchi @Musicshabbir @azeem2112 #KumarSanu #Simmba
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) December 6, 2018
The makers also give us a special performance in the middle of the song! While there was talk about a special appearance, not many would have thought it was going to be made by the Golmaal cast! Halfway through the song, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade and Tushar Kapoor join Arshad Warsi in paying respects to the original song from Tere Mere Sapne. While the original version of this song was sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, this new song is sung by Neha Kakkar, Mika Singh and Kumar Sanu.
Simmba is a remake of the 2015 Tollywood super hit movie, Temper. Directed by Rohit Shetty, this film sees Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan playing key roles. Furthermore, Simmba also sees Sonu Sood in a very strong negative role. Simmba is produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to hit the screens on the 28th of December this year!
Uri Trailer Released
After keeping us all on tenterhooks with stills and teasers from Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal’s next film, the makers finally dropped the trailer a little while ago. Although the teaser and the posters had already set the anticipation levels quite high, the trailer increased the hype all the more.
The just dropped trailer tells the story of how the Indian Army conducted a series of surgical strikes in retaliation to the alleged attacks by a terror group from Pakistan in Uri, a district in Kashmir. Watch the trailer here and now!
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) December 5, 2018
The trailer opens with Yami Gautami (playing the role of an intelligence officer) interrogating a suspect. The two and a half minute trailer then moves forward to show Vicky Kaushal training his team and delivering a hard hitting speech which makes his soldiers fight for India with renewed vigour. The line, “Indian Army didn’t start this war, but we will bloody hell finish it,” forms the central crux of this thrilling movie and is seen resonating throughout the trailer as well.
It’s refreshing to see Bollywood deliver such a hard hitting and intense drama after such a long time. With Vicky Kaushal, Yami Gautami and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles, Uri: The Surgical Strike promises to be an exciting watch, to say the least. Directed and written by Aditya Dhar, Uri: The Surgical Strike has all the leads putting their best foot forward.
Speaking about Uri: The Surgical Strike, Dhar earlier said, “This is the story of what happened in those eleven days. It’s an honour and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true-life incident.” Uri: The Surgical Strike is scheduled to hit the screens on the 11th of January, 2019!
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