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Banning Pad Man is being unfair to women and humanity: R Balki


Balki along with the film's co-producer Twinkle Khanna attended an event for the celebration of its success and to hold a discussion on taboos related to menstrual hygiene.

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Filmmaker R Balki, whose latest film Pad Man is yet to be released in Pakistan, says banning the movie is being unfair to women and humanity.

On Wednesday (14 February), Balki along with the film's co-producer, Twinkle Khanna, attended an event for the celebration of its success and to hold a discussion — organised by Unicef and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — on taboos related to menstrual hygiene.

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Asked about the countries where Pad Man got banned, Balki said: "It has been banned only in Pakistan. I think they have their own reasons but I think they are wrong reasons. You can't ban a film like this. If you are banning this film, then you are actually being unfair to women and humanity because it's not just because of the movie, it's because of a story of this man's life and what issue its addressing."

Balki also informed that the Middle East has accepted the film.

"Strangely, the film's biggest success is in the Middle East. It's the first (Hindi) film to be screened in Iraq, a country where Hindi cinema wasn't released earlier and are conservative in their outlook," Balki said.

Sharing an interaction with a central ministry official about how this film could have become the centre of controversy, Balki said: "Recently, a person from the central ministry met me and said that menstruation is the most controversial subject in India, but it actually had no controversy as a film. He pointed out that this film could have had a larger controversy and so many religious and political organisations could have said so many things but they didn't, and they actually supported it."

Pad Man tells the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham who invented a machine that produces low cost sanitary napkins for women.