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Akshay Kumar’s next film with a social message, ‘PadMan’ is the talk of the town. The film is the biopic of a real-life hero Arunachalam Muruganantham who made a pad-making machine for women to provide low-cost sanitary napkins for women in rural areas.

As the film gears up for its big release on February 9, Akshay and the makers are leaving no stone unturned to promote the film. Apart from speaking up about the importance of mensural hygiene, the actor is calling upon his B-town friends to join the discussion by simply posing with a pad. Recently, the actor took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself holding a sanitary and challenged Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli to do the same and called it the #PadManChallenge.

Accepting the challenge, Alia shared a picture of herself holding a sanitary pad as he exercised in the gym. She even nominated her fellow gym partners for the same. She tweeted, “Just hanging around in the gym.. with a pad 🙂 no biggie! Thank you @akshaykumar for the challenge… I shall challenge my fellow gym-ers @YasminBodyImage @Sophie_Choudry & @impoornapatel #PadManChallenge.”

The film that also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte postponed its January 25 release to February 9, 2018, on the request of ‘Padmaavat’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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