Students' day out with PadMan

MOVIE DATE: Girls enjoy the screening of PadMan at Inox Cinemas in Dhanbad on Friday and (above) women and girls from rural areas watch the movie at Eylex Cinemas in Jamshedpur. (Gautam Dey and Bhola Prasad)

Dhanbad: Over 1800 students of government schools across the district got menstrual hygiene lessons from none other than their favourite Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.

Drinking water and sanitation department of Dhanbad along with district education department organised a special movie screening of Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor-starrer PadMan for as many as 1,757 Class VIII to XII students of seven Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalayas in Nirsa, Topchanchi, Baliapur, Jharia, Govindpur, Dhanbad and Tundi and two Jharkhand Balika Awasiya Vidyalayaa in Purvi Tundi and Baghmara at Inox Cinemas in Seraidhela on Friday.

Dhanbad deputy commissioner Anajaneyulu Dodde, deputy development commissioner Kuldip Choudhary, sub-divisional officer Ananya Mittal, ADM (law and order) Rakesh Kumar Dubey, district education officer Madhuri Kumari, district superintendent of education Vineet Kumar and executive engineer of drinking water and sanitation department Awdhesh Mishra accompanied the students.

The students, divided in several groups, watched the 9am and noon shows at four different screens.

The film, which is based on Tamil Nadu-based social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham and his quest to provide low-cost sanitary napkins to village women, left the girls inspired and awe-struck.

"Our main aim behind organising the screening of PadMan was to apprise the girls on menstrual hygiene and sanitation," said Awdhesh Mishra.

Monica Kumari (18), a Class XII student of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya, Govindpur, said she could relate to the struggles faced by village women during their periods. "It was a learning experience as we learnt about the need for basic menstrual hygiene and also the struggles based by the protagonist in bringing a change in the mindset of the people," said Monica.

Warden of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Awasiya Vidyalaya, Govindpur, Ranju Rani, who accompanied the students, said, "The girls were really excited to watch the movie. They reached the campus as early as 6am and all of them thoroughly loved the movie," he said, adding the movie screening should have been conducted for Class VI and VII students as well.


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