Arunachalam Muruganantham: Real Padman


Many of us have seen the Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor starring movie Padman. The story which not only inspired us but made us feel proud of such a wonderful and inspiring person who not only thought and felt the pain of a woman but tried to find a solution for that.

Now, I must admit that I missed to watch it in theatre due to some reason but heard so much great reviews and positive feedback from friends I was quite excited and got a chance to watch PADMAN on ZEE5. The movie was fantastic. The central character is so inspiring, it is difficult to express in words. But then I came to know that the story is real! But who was the real Pad Man?

About Arunachalam Muruganantham:

Based in Coimbatore, Arunachalam is widely known as Padman or Menstrual Man. But despite all the fame, he continues to lead a simple life and is focused towards his mission of providing hygiene during the toughest days in women’s lives.

When he got married, being in a society where taking the name of periods is a taboo in itself, he was unaware of its process and pain. Until he caught her wife hiding blood-drenched cloth piece and questioned her.

She and even all women in his community or villages nearby were so poor to afford a pad and using cloth or other household materials which were totally unhygienic.

When Arunachalam decided to buy pads from the nearest store which was about 17 km away from his place, he realized they are way too expensive for them to buy and use it on a regular basis.

The Padman’s Journey

That’s when he began researching on Menstrual cycles. On realizing the lack of resources that women lacked on this front, Muruganantham decided to make pads which are more hygienic and economical and can be affordable for underprivileged ladies too.

Arunachalam Muruganantham

With no woman ready to use his experimental pads, Mr. Muruganantham himself began wearing it for his experiments.

For this, he became known as a shameless man in his community. But this did not stop him and he wore the pads for three months.

As part of the experiment, he used to tie a small bag filled with red colored water around his hips and inserted a pipe through it that made the water drip right onto to the pad, this is done to check the soaking and comfort of his pad.

During these trial periods, he understood the pain and mental pressure of a woman as his pad got wet and left red stains on his white dhoti.

But through continuous efforts, he finally was able to develop a low-cost method of creating sanitary pads. Now, he plans to shares these techniques across India to ensure easy access to sanitary pads.

While she was not supportive of his experiments before, his wife is extremely proud of his achievement in life now as his love for her made him discover something to help every in the society. That’s how an eighth pass Muruganantham, became a globally known inventor who delivers lectures in Harvard University.

Muruganantham is an inspiration to Indian society who busted taboos and worked for the betterment of the society.

Arunachalam Muruganantham

There are many taboos attached today also with the Menstrual cycle. Check out how your periods are not your pain it’s all about Period pride.

The story of such an inspiring personality makes me want to watch Padman again.

Thankfully, we can now watch Padman on ZEE5.

We are so proud of real Padman for giving women hygienic period days and reel life Padman Akshay Kumar for introducing him to every house and get inspired.

Arunachalam Muruganantham


Ruchi Verma

Certified parenting teen practitioner, multiple Award winner, mother of two active kids believes in sharing the right source of information to readers which could help them in every possible way!!

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  1. Kudos the real man behind the movie Pad Man. atleast, it stirred the mind of people in society and people thought of as a nature gift instead of believing it to be a curse.

    Read my story,

    I broke the taboos associated with periods in my family 30 years back but could not dare to change the society.

    Der aaye durusht aaye

  2. He has brought a revolutionary change to menstrual health for rural women. I love to read the story behind it..

  3. I have seen the real padmans journey when it was featured , how he went even when it was a big taboo. The way he has helped numerous women is incredible.

  4. This real story is very inspiring and I am yet to see the movie. Akshay Kumar has done a brilliant job. Would catch it on Zee5.

  5. He is a visionary and has done things which others feel are taboo in society. I have not seen this movie, will catch it on Zee5.

  6. It’s good to see that Zee5 is coming up with an amazing series & movies we all are excited to watch it

  7. WoW ! Sounds great! I”ll definitely download ZEE5 APP to watch one of my favourite actor Akshay Kumar. He is not only reel life hero… He is real life hero as well:)

  8. I had read his story even before the movie began to be made. We need more people like him to bring about a change in our society.

  9. We really need such men in our society. Kudos to him, may his tribe increase #vartikasdiaryreading #myfriendalexa

  10. This is a must watch film and Arunachalam deserves every bit of recognition he gets.

  11. His low-cost machines that make sanitary pads have earned him international recognition. A Muruganantham’s story has been told on screen as the movie Padman which I havent watched. To the world, he is a social entrepreneur; ‘Pad man’, ‘Menstrual man’; ‘The man who wore a sanitary napkin’: the low-cost sanitary napkin machine that he created is changing the lives of thousands of women across the world. It’s like breaking a massive mountain with a sledgehammer singlehandedly—the stigma surrounding the subject is as such. Which is what makes his story interesting. He is that mad scientist the world may never understand.

  12. That is indeed a great achievement. To have the courage to fight against social taboos takes immense strength of character. Kudos to PADMAN aka Muruganantham.

  13. He is amazing. I have watched PADMan! I wish all people in this world could be like him! He is a gem of the nation.

  14. We need more people like Muruganantham. They say you can move mountains in love, and his love for his wife made him so sensitive to entire women community. Wish the society takes a cue from this man and banished the taboo associated with menstruation.

  15. In no time the app zee5 has become a favourite of every Indian and I am no exception it is the first app that I installed when I bought my smart TV that goes on to say How very essential this app is I was a part of Zee digital team ones when this idea for the app was floated. I know for certain that Zee has the mo content for music cinema series right now that is available in Indian cinema theatre film television industry so this app is very important for every Indian

  16. Hats off to the real Padman for giving women hygienic period days. I am gonna watch the movie on Zee5

  17. I have seen movie but in parts only. This post has given me complete knowledge about the process and the efforts of the real padman. Thank you for writing such informative post.

  18. From need arises the invention! But mere enthusiasm is not enough to see the idea work till the end. The real Padman is an inspiration for striving hard towards one’s goals.
    Thanks for sharing the information about the real Padman and the movie review.

  19. I’m from Coimbatore and I’m filled with pride on reading about Muruganandham and his toils and the phenomenal impact he’s had on such an important issue. As you’ve mentioned, sanitary pads and menstruation were all taboo subjects a couple of decades ago. I remember buying sanitary pads from medical shops for the women in my house and the shop guy would wrap the packs with newspaper and then hand it over to me. I never felt ashamed carrying the packs out in the public, but hey social norms were oh so different then. Which makes Mr. Muruganandham’s achievement extra special. Very well written article. Good luck for #MyFriendAlexa

  20. I have watched the movie and I am familiar with the story,such an incredible husband he has been. Raising such an important issue needs courage and immense support from the family. This post creates more awareness among the younger generation of our society. Loved reading the post!!

  21. I missed watching this too. Good to know that I can catch it on Zee5

  22. His story is truly amazing. Few men love their wives and respect women so much to go through such shame and ridicule. Will catch it on Zee5 now.

  23. It is so great to know that there are actual people in this world who care about women safety and hygiene! Hats off to ARUNACHALAM MURUGANANTHAM, the real life Padman!

  24. He deserves all the applause for his efforts. Little by little we will be able to break the stigma attached with periods.

  25. Hats off to the man who fought for the cause of social taboos such as menstruation.
    There are many more taboos still prevalent in our society. We need to join hands to change the society’s perceptions.

  26. i have heard about the movie, and i too missed it. i will check this out on zee5. downloading the app now so can have an inspired sunday 🙂

  27. Kudos to Muruganantham. Talking about periods is still considered as taboo in India and admist of all this, he took such an inspiring step. He didn’t let anything come in his way. Great example of strong will power I must say!!


  28. I loved watching Padman movie. Love that a movie was directed based on a real life hero. I would love to watch it all over again on Zee5 this time.

  29. Such an inspiring story. India needs more men like him!

  30. He’s such an inspirational man. A lot of women must be thanking him.

  31. This is really appreciable that someone careful about women safety .. I am feeling extremely proud while reading about Muruganantham .

  32. I have watched the movie and I am in awe of this man. a man who went against society just because he believed women’s body mattered. hats off to his courage.

  33. That’s very motivating and worth watching movie for everyone. Would love to watch this soon. Going to download zee5

  34. This is ground level work. So proud of this man. And thank you for bringing his story out.

  35. I had read about Arunachalam Muruganantham in an article long before watching the movie or reading the book (watched ‘Padman’ fairly recently). But the movie was a beautiful depiction of his struggle. Also proves that you don’t need formal education or high qualifications to start a revolution. All you need to have is empathy and the determination to keep trying relentlessly.

    Cheers to his inspiring story!

  36. Padman is such an inspiring story and to know that it was a man who could identify and feel the discomfort of the women, makes it even more special. I enjoyed reading your post. Cheers!

  37. Very inspiring his life is. Nice write up.

  38. Heard about the man behind the Padman movie. Really inspiring.

  39. It is a inspirational journey, thanks for sharing

  40. I must say the real Padman has done a massive revolution, a very inspiring story. The fact is, he doesn’t want to make money but promote menstrual hygiene.
    #MyFriendAlexa #zenithbuzzreads

    1. He is a man who is doing something which is really required.. Thanks for visiting

  41. I am yet to watch the movie but have read about the read Padman. It is commendable that a man and not a woman revolutionized about the sanitary.

  42. This is one story which should be told again and again. M glad a movie was made and we all came to know him. #LiveItYoungReads #MyFriendAlexa

  43. A glad movie…and the story about real padman is awesome…

    He is an inspiring person…love too read this post

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