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Twinkle Khanna does not support the idea of menstrual leave

The actress suggested that the idea of menstrual leave would only give men an 'excuse to stop women from doing anything.' 

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 Actress-producer Twinkle Khanna says women should not use menstruation as an excuse to go on a leave. The actress will debut her home production, Pad Man, on 9 February. 

"I was a part of a show wherein a lady said she runs more when she is on her period, so that no one can tell her to sit at home because she is weak," Khanna said at an event in Mumbai.

"A lot of people think women should stay at women, so why give them an excuse to stop women from doing anything. If there is too much pain, then one can take an off just like they do for any other sickness like a stomach ache. Women should not make period a reason to take a leave," she added.

The actress-turned-writer was promoting her film production, Pad Man. Directed by R Balki, the film has been adapted from Khanna's book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which was inspired from the life of Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine.

Talking about how she got the idea to make a film on the subject, Khanna said, "I was doing some research and reading some columns on menstruation and I came across Muruganantham's story. Immediately it gripped me because this was an incredible story. There were two parts to this story. One part was menstruation where a man was doing something for his wife. It was also a story about innovation where a man was not limited by his educational qualifications or his lack of proficiency in English and he goes on to become an innovator. So even if we want to give a message across, we have to give it in an entertaining way. If it is not going to interest people then they will not watch the movie."

Pad Man is slated to be released on 9 February.