A lot of praise has come actor Akshay Kumar's way for playing social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, a real-life inventor of a low-cost way of making sanitary pads for women and girls in his village, in Padman. Kumar is not only taking on a subject many of his peers would call taboo, but now taking his women-friendly mission from reel to real life too.
The credit for this should go to Nasreen Munni Kabir. She has brought out books on Javed Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar, Waheeda Rehman and many other leading legends. When she approached me, I hesitated about opening up to this extent about my life. But she was persistent and worked around my schedule to speak to me. Not all of it. Often our timings wouldn't match. She'd then build a thread of questions around a thought, mail them to me, and I'd then mail back the responses.
Bharati Torne is 20. This Dalit resident of the Pant Nagar neighbourhood of Mumbai's Ghatkopar suburb pursues BCom in a college across the railway tracks was attracted to women from Class VIII but felt conflicted and confused till she finally got intimate with an older woman for four years. After this neighbour moved to Hyderabad, she began “going steady” with another partner she met on social media.
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Selecting a term
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