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#PadManChallenge: It’s ‘Dangal’ Against Shame As Geeta Phogat And On-Screen Phogat Family Hold Up Sanitary Pads

From the real Phogat family, wrestler Geeta Phogat and from reel life ‘Dangal’ family, Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Maholtra and Aparshakti Khurana participated in the PadMan challenge

#PadManChallenge It’s ‘Dangal’ Against Shame As Geeta Phogat And On-Screen Phogat Family Hold Up Sanitary Pads

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.

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.

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

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.

Many actors joined the #PadManChallenge recently:

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.

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