Twinkle Khanna is working day and night for her first production, Akshay Kumar’s Padman, which is inspired from the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a small town entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu who invented low-cost sanitary napkins to generate awareness in rural areas.
In an interview with a leading daily, she said, “We don’t have control over what our mind wants to do, or where it goes sometimes. I wrote ten chapters of a novel right after Mrs. Funnybones. But while I was researching for my column, I stumbled upon the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. It gripped me and I abandoned my novel and began writing The Sanitary Man. Muruganantham’s journey is an important story and after a while I began feeling that the only way it would truly reach households in both urban and rural India and begin a conversation about something that so far has been wrapped in newspaper, was by making a movie on the subject.”
She went on to add, “Initially I thought of making a small movie but when Akshay and Balki were both enthusiastic about the concept, things fell into place rather organically. Padman is my first production so I can’t really comment on what it’s like to be the producer of an Akshay Kumar starrer except to say that on this movie, the things I normally nag him about, like working too much, turned out to be an asset.”
From actor to writer and now a Bollywood producer, Twinkle has had a long journey but there have been no regrets about the same. “I don’t regret any part of this journey, even the brief stint as an actress where my meager brain cells were probably rather busy trying to commit hara-kiri in despair, because experiences add to your abilities, even if it is just your ability to laugh at yourself. I am looking at interesting stories for my next project, but first I have to make sure that my superhero Padman takes to the skies.”
Set to release on 26th January 2018, the film features Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in lead roles opposite Akshay Kumar and is directed by R Balki.