Released: February 2018
Director: R. Balki
Producer: Twinkle Khanna
Lead Actors: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoo, Radhika Apte
Pad Man is a 2018 Bollywood film inspired by the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a real-life social activist and entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menstruation, Pad Man sets out to create a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine and bring inexpensive menstrual hygiene products to women in rural India. At the climax of the film, the protagonist arrives at UN headquarters (*exterior shots of the UN Secretariat) and delivers a speech at an event organized by UN Women highlighting the social impact of menstrual hygiene (*actual scene filmed inside Jazz at Lincoln Center). Staff members of several New York-based UN entities, including the Department of Public Information (DPI), UN Women, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNICEF, participated in the filming of the climactic scene as extras.
CCOI facilitated the on-location filming at UN headquarters and coordinated the participation of UN staff members as extras in the climactic scene.
Exterior of the UN Secretariat
Rooftop of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) building
Related UN Issues:
Women's menstrual hygiene
Sustainable Development Goals - #3 Good Health and Well-being, #5 Gender Equality, and #6 Clean Water and Sanitation