New Delhi: After fighting all kinds of odds and battles, the wrestling family is back, only this time the fight is against the stigma of menstruation. Joining the #PadManChallenge, Commonwealth games gold medalist in wrestling Geeta Phogat recently posted a picture with a sanitary napkin in hand after she was challenged by actor Soundarya Sharma.
“Yes it’s pad in my hand! Not a big thing… it’s natural! Period #PadManChallenge,” wrestling champion tweeted.
thank you so much for tagging me ?@soundarya_20 _and yes it’s pad in my hand! Not a big thing… it’s natural! Period #PadManChallenge @akshaykumar @mrsfunnybones @sonamakapoor @Padmanfilm and now i Challenge to my husband @pawankumar86kg to complete the challenge pic.twitter.com/SfAjFeh9pP
— geeta phogat (@geeta_phogat) February 6, 2018
She passed on the baton to her husband Pawan Saroha, who is also a Commonwealth games gold medalist wrestler. “Thank you for tagging me my wife @geeta_phogat and yes it’s pad in my hand! Not a big thing… it’s natural! Period #PadManChallenge,” he said posting a picture with a sanitary pad.
Aamir Khan aka Mahavir Singh Phogat of Dangal fame, was one of the first few celebrities to take on the #PadmanChallenge. He had been nominated by actor, writer and co-producer of the movie PadMan, Twinkle Khanna.
Thank you @mrsfunnybones
Yes, that’s a Pad in my hand & there's nothing to be ashamed about. It's natural! Period. #PadManChallenge. Copy, Paste this & Challenge your friends to take a photo with a Pad. Here I am Challenging @SrBachchan , @iamsrk & @BeingSalmanKhan pic.twitter.com/lY7DEevDmD
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) February 2, 2018
The others from the 2016 hit film Dangal, based on the Phogat family, a story about Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler, who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers, who joined the challenge were Fatima Sana Shaikh, who played the role of Geeta Phogat and Sanya Maholtra aka Babita Phogat.
Fatima Sana Shaikh posed with a sanitary napkin after her ‘Dangal’ sister Sanya Maholtra challenged her. Sanya was challenged by actor Ayushmann Khurana. The ‘Dangal’ duo gave out a similar message urging everyone to not shy away from the topic of mensuration
Thank you @sanyamalhotra_ for tagging me! that’s a pad in my hand & there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It’s natural! Period. #PadmanChallange copy paste this & challenge your friends to take a photo with a pad!Here im challenging @vickykaushal09 @nishkalulla @RitvikSahore pic.twitter.com/BwOwa9BWX3
— fatima sana shaikh (@fattysanashaikh) February 5, 2018
Thank you @ayushmannk for tagging me! Yes, that’s a pad in my hand & there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It’s natural! Period. #PadmanChallange copy paste this & challenge your friends to take a photo with a pad!Here im challenging @fattysanashaikh @Aparshakti and @Ashwinyiyer pic.twitter.com/Ao1wkpj1xX
— Sanya Malhotra (@sanyamalhotra07) February 3, 2018
Sanya Malhotra also tagged her reel life brother in Dangal Aparshakti Khurana who plays the role of ‘Omkar’ to share the message.
“Thank you @sanyamalhotra_ for tagging me! Yes, that’s a pad in my hand & there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It’s natural! Period. #PadmanChallange copy paste this & challenge your friends to take a photo with a pad,” he tweeted passing on the challenge to others.
— Aparshakti Khurana (@Aparshakti) February 4, 2018
Many actors joined the #PadManChallenge recently:
Nothing to be ashamed of… its Natural… Period !!
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 8, 2018
— Tiger Shroff (@iTIGERSHROFF) February 7, 2018
— Jackie Shroff (@bindasbhidu) February 8, 2018
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) February 7, 2018
Have you ever been sent to buy sanitary pads for a woman? There are so many options available it’s so confusing!
Cheers to @akshaykumar @sonamkapoor @radhika_apte for taking this mainstream
Nominating @SHABIRAHLUWALIA, @rampalarjun, @pathakvinay, @gauravkapur for #PadManChallenge pic.twitter.com/lt5UgMcqcc
— Purab Kohli (@Purab_Kohli) February 7, 2018
Just as giving birth to a child is normal for a woman so are periods! Wishing happy period to entire womanhood. Success & best wishes to #Padman @akshaykumar @sonamakapoor @radhika_apte @ItsAmitTrivedi
— Neeti Mohan (@neetimohan18) February 7, 2018
The PadMan challenge was initiated by Arunachalam Muruganantham, who fought against all odds and developed low-cost sanitary pad making machine in the year 2004, targeting women living in rural India. He nominated the ‘PadMan’ movie team including Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khannam, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte and got the challenge rolling which in the last one week has gone viral.