Indian cinema witnessed a feature film on menstrual hygiene and sanitary pads, probably, for the first time in history and it was done by none other than Akshay Kumar. Padman released on February 9th, 2018 worldwide and has being doing great business all over. The film is based on a man from Tamil Nadu, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who all his life wanted to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene. Arunachalam Muruganantham says that he initially thought about doing the film in Tamil but later wanted the reach of the film to be wider, and hence chose Bollywood. Arunachalam Muruganantham also says that he wanted to make this film in Hollywood but things were taking a bit more time, and hence decided to make it in Hindi. Arunachalam said that they are now trying to remake the film Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and talks are on at the present moment.
“Talks are going on to remake it in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, but nothing has been finalised yet. I think Dhanush would be apt to do the role. I would love to see him play the lead role if the film has a Tamil version,” Arunachalam Muruganantham told TOI in an interview. Speaking about how his collaboration with Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna started, Arunachalam says, “There were offers from a few Bollywood filmmakers, but I was sceptical as to whether those films will do justice to my vision or even my life. I was also apprehensive because what if I sign an agreement and give the rights to some filmmaker, and he shelves the project? The purpose might get lost. That’s when Twinkle spoke to me. She had written a story on me and their terms were transparent. They stuck to their words, and in fact, completed the film in nine months.“
Many Tamil movie buffs felt that South Indian filmmakers missed out on an opportunity to make a film on a man who is from TN and could have had a huge impact with the subject. With Arunachalam Muruganantham hinting that the talks are on for the remakes and he would love to see Dhanush doing it in Tamil, it would be exciting to see if that materialises.