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

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Author: Ruchi Verma
A 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!!

44 thoughts on “Arunachalam Muruganantham: Real Padman

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!


  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. 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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