From Alia Bhatt To Aamir Khan, It's Heartening To See Celebs Take On The PadMan Challenge

It's reminding us so much of the 2014 ALS ice bucket challenge

From Alia Bhatt To Aamir Khan, It's Heartening To See Celebs Take On The <i>PadMan</i> Challenge

Celebs are posting photos of themselves with pads (Image Credit: aalia08 and aamir_khan)

It's a sad testimony of our times and the world we live in that even in 2018, a bunch of influential people from Bollywood have to come together to tell the world that periods are normal, not weird or embarrassing, and nothing to be ashamed of. But hey, if 2018 is the year when so many among us finally stop looking at pads with the fear one must only reserve for radioactive waste, or a paper that holds the country's nuclear codes, we're all for it.

Yesterday, while promoting her film PadMan, producer Twinkle Khanna, and Arunachalam Muruganantham (the genius on whose life the film is based on) enlisted the combined power of Bollywood and social media to help normalise the biological inevitability that is menstruation.

Holding up a pad in their hands, Muruganantham and Twinkle challenged a host of Bollywood stars to post photos of themselves holding a sanitary napkin with the caption: "Yes that's a Pad in my hand & there's nothing to be ashamed about. It's natural! Period."

It's a lot like the stupendously successful ALS ice bucket challenge of 2014, minus the shivers and chills.

And boy, did Bollywood rise to the "challenge". From the film's stars - Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte - to supporters like Alia Bhatt, Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi, and a host of others started posting photographs holding pads on social media.


Thank you sir ! I accept your #padmanchallenge Yes that’s a Pad in my hand & I don’t feel weird. It's natural, Period!‬ ‪Copy, Paste this & Challenge your friends to take a photo with a Pad!‬ ‪Here I am Challenging @jacquelinef143 @arjunkapoor @reallyswara

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Taking a cue from Bollywood, social media was soon flooded with photographs of people holding up individual pads and even entire packets of sanitary napkins. It was heartening to see so many men participating in the challenge so wholeheartedly.




Some even came out with some powerful stories and messages, reminding us why campaigns like these have an important role to play. 

If this "challenge" helps sanitary napkins and menstruation come out of the ridiculous and wholly unnecessary shadows of shame and be treated like any other common hygiene product, we're all for it. We wonder which celebrity will join the PadMan challenge bandwagon next.