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Arunachalam Muruganantham, In Conversation With The Real PadMan

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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!

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FIR Filed Against Salman Khan And Katrina Kaif For Casteist Remarks

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Late Yesterday, a petition for an FIR was filed in a Delhi Court against Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. According to reports, the two actors had allegedly made casteist remarks during the promotion of their latest movie, Tiger Zinda Hai. 

The court listed the matter for consideration for 27 February and also sought a reply from the Delhi police on the complaint. The plea, filed in the Patiala House Court, alleged Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif had made remarks which were insulting, derogatory and affected the sentiments of a particular cast.

The complaint, filed by Harnam Singh, a former Chairman of Delhi Commission for Karamcharis, alleged the remark was made by Khan during a programme on a television channel while Kaif, “rather than protesting at the offensive and insensitive statement, joined the accused number 1 (Khan) in insulting and abusing the victim through her conduct.”

An inquiry has been led into this matter and the Delhi police have said they will look into the matter and get to the bottom of this issue as soon as possible.

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Pari Teaser 5 Will Make You Lose Your Sleep

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Holi, the festival of colours, has different connotations. For some, it is the defeat of good over evil while for others, it is about the colours. For Anushka Sharma on the other hand, it is about her new horror flick, Pari.

The opening shot of this teaser features a pale white Anushka walking in a jungle while a full moon can also be seen in the background. Yes, this is the first clip from Pari that places Anushka outside her house and in the classic horror movie setting.

She walks to a pond and when she looks into it, she sees the bloody, battered Anushka looking right back at her. As a result, the fish of the pond begins to die and soon the pond is full of dead fish floating on its surface. The tone of this teaser is perfect.

Every part of this teaser is imbibed in horror and from the way it has been directed, one gets the feeling of Anushka being haunted by a ghost like dopple ganger. Watch the brand new teaser here!

Directed by debutant director Prosit Roy, Pari is not your average fairy tale. Also starring Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor and Ritabhari Chakraborty, this movie is going to be Clean Slate Films third production venture after NH10 and Phillauri. Pari is scheduled to hit the screens on 2 March, 2018 so this Holi, stay clean and safe! While we wait for the film to hit the screens, check out the new poster here.

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Bollywood Puns By Amul That Make You Go WHAT

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Amul’s ads have stuck around with us for so long that when anything even remotely news worthy happens, Amul’s ads are the first we look for. While we all look at giving our Bollywood celebrities a little lee way when it comes to controversies, Amul has always been relentless. Check out these brilliant (not) adds by Amul and have a blast!

1. When KJo Had Twins 

2. The Kangana Controversy 

3. Everything About Delhi 

4. When Baahubali 2 Broke All Records

5. Bajrangi Bhaijaan. So Why Not? 

6. FB Ya Phir Bhi?

7. Sulu Ya Swiggy? 

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