India is a country where even talking about menstruation is considered as a taboo. Despite adopting modernism in our lives, we still find many people and families in our society who tag the state of menstruation as ‘impure’. This isn’t it. Many people even prefer to treat the ‘woman during her periods’ indifferently. But friends, despite surviving in a society with so many ‘old school minds’ around, there exist many individuals who take ‘PERIODS’ as a natural process of a woman’s body and consider it as a gift of God. And these individuals are none other than our favourite B-Town actresses who have also been through the pain of getting judged while their periods were on.
So my dear, folk, I experienced immense pleasure in penning down about these Bollywood actresses who took a step ahead to break the stereotypes and openly discussed MENSTRUATION aka PERIODS.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
When Kareena Kapoor Khan became a part of the event called ‘Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women’ in Lucknow, she was seen promoting menstrual health and hygiene. Kareena said that, “I’d like to see this issue being talked about in the media, on websites, not behind closed doors.” Furthermore, she stated that “God created this, periods are natural. So, how can we say women are impure during their periods? I have a 30 days schedule in a month. We do not stop working but use the right products, keep healthy and clean. Why should others, especially girls, be termed dirty or compelled to miss school?”
Even Alia has a lot of concerns about women who are restricted in a several ways when they are on their periods.
While talking to a leading daily, Alia confessed her concerns. She said that, “My third concern is over girls not being allowed to enter shrines when they’re menstruating. No conditions must apply there. How are women deemed ashudh when they’re bleeding? It’s beyond ridiculous. Don’t people know why we bleed? It’s a sign that we have the ability to give birth to another life. Disallowing women to enter temples during their periods angers me. It’s absurd because it’s the rule of nature. There’s nothing wrong with you, girls. It’s just a thought process that needs to change.”
The chirpy and bubbly Parineeti said some really serious things which she feels about the perception of Indian men towards the very natural process of menstruation. While talking to the media during a press conference conducted by a leading sanitary napkin brand, Parineeti said that, “It’s a shame that men are still not aware of Periods! It’s a shame that men call it a problem!” She also added, “You have to talk about it…You can’t be shy about it.” She even added, “It’s 2016, it’s crazy that we talk like this!”
Padman, an upcoming Bollywood film revolves around the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man who invented the machine which can make low-cost sanitary napkins. This film has been produced by none other than Twinkle Khanna who seriously feels that the taboo surrounding menstruation should end in our society and that is the reason she decided to come up with a film like Padman.
During an interview with Times Of India, Twinkle said that, “It is a subject I believe in. It’s a subject that I have written extensively about. Menstruation is a taboo not just in our country but all over the world. It’s not something which is openly discussed and I really don’t see the logic in it. It’s a biological function, why should there be shame around it. That is what I am trying and hoping to describe through Padman.”
Swara Bhaskar wants to work in the direction to ban the shame of period stains a girl suffer in our society.
While recalling an incident from her school days, Swara said that she wants to work in the direction to ban the shame of period stains a girl suffer in our society.
“Periods are not a reason to skip school, bunk classes, stop playing sports or sit at home alone. Periods are not a crime, nor are they taboo. They can be discussed. Even on the dinner table!”
While attending an event conducted by a leading sanitary napkin brand, Kriti was seen urging Indian women to dare to say no to regressive traditions in India.
Kriti said that, “A shocking 58% of urban women from the southern states of India do not touch pickle during their periods, more so 60% of women across South India agree that it’s embarrassing to watch sanitary napkins commercials while watching TV with the family. I want to encourage & urge all these women to go forth and defy regressive traditions in their pursuit of success.”
Radhika Apte who is known for her bold roles in Bollywood, feels that it is very important to understand that periods is a natural process that takes place in every female’s body.
During an interview, Radhika was quoted saying, “I think that it is crucial because the constant reminder when you are chumming that ‘I am on period’ does stop you from doing certain things. For example if I am chumming, I will be like, ‘Oh my god I have to shoot a song today’, or ‘Oh my god, I have to wear this today’ or some people say I have extra hours of work, or I don’t know should I go for picnic or play Holi. Why should your period which is actually something that you have to go through every month stop you from doing anything.”
The badass beauty of Kalki Koechlin genuinely feels that we need to break all the stereotypes and put an end to all the taboos connected to menstruation.
Kalki feels that, “My profession demands extensive travel, long shooting hours and rigorous rehearsals – and I simply cannot restrict myself due to these taboos imposed on us.” She added, “While some of us women go about our professional lives with relative ease in the days of our periods, there are thousands my age who live every day bogged down by restrictions and taboos. I want to encourage and urge women to go forth and defy regressive traditions in their pursuit of success…”
The very talented veteran actress Tanvi Azmi while leading an event, went on to talk about menstruation related taboos and prohibitions.
Tanvi said that, “I have personally successfully defied these taboos during my time. If I had followed these ‘pseudo’ traditions like my peers did, I would have been stuck with a regressive mindset and would have brought up the next generation with similar restrictions! As parents, we must have the right discussions around menstruation – and at correct times – with our children. Taboos that perpetuate our society must simply have no place. It is very encouraging to see that 96% Women from Bangalore agree that they should talk more openly about menstruation. Menstruation is considered a sign of good health & fertility and should be taken in that spirit.”