PadMan Becomes The First Indian Film To Be Screened At Oxford Union

Twinkle Khanna

Before its grand release, Akshay Kumar starrer ‘PadMan’ has created history. It is now the first Indian film to be screened at the Oxford Union, all thanks to Writer-Producer Twinkle Khanna.

Khanna was recently invited to speak at the Oxford Union – the world’s most prestigious debating society – on January 18. Where Mrs Funnybones dazzled everyone with her maiden production venture PadMan. Further, the author turned producer talked about the importance of discussing menstrual hygiene among masses and not just limited it to women.

While presenting her film with a strong social message at the Oxford Union, she said, “I hope this movie (PadMan) becomes a movement where women are no longer held back or shamed by their biological functions.”

PadMan is now officially holding the crown to be the first Indian film that became a topic of discussion at The Oxford Union.


Twinkle explained why this very stigma around menstrual hygiene needs to be addressed in today’s modern society. She also spoke on why she choose this topic for her debut production adding, “My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned.”


Mrs Funnybones also caught up with Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and discussed why is it important to end the taboo around menstruation.

The biographical comedy-drama is an account of creating awareness among rural South Indian population. ‘Padman’ is based on the real-life journey of Arunachalam Muruganantham. Also known as the man who created the first low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins. Directed by R. Balki, it has two strong women, Twinkle Khanna and Gauri Shinde as producers. It also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.

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The couple shared their happiness on Instagram: