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Change can be implemented only once we initiate discussions: Akshay Kumar

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Change can be implemented only once we initiate discussions: Akshay Kumar

New Delhi, May 24  Superstar Akshay Kumar, who will participate in a Menstrual Awareness Conclave here to mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, says the society can only implement change if there are discussions.

He has urged people everyone should ensure that all women have the right to manage their periods safely and with dignity.

Change can be implemented only once we initiate discussions: Akshay Kumar

“The Menstrual Awareness Conclave is a crucial assembly of minds, influencers and change makers – convening under one roof with the common goal of tackling the urgent issues, taboos and stigmas associated with menstrual hygiene.

“We as a collective society can only implement change once we initiate discussion, and the conclave on Menstrual Hygiene Day is a fitting platform for us to truly empower a nation of women. Together we can ensure that every female has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity,” Akshay said in a statement.

The “Pad Man” star will attend the event as its chief guest, along with The Nine Movement and national change makers.

The Niine Movement, conceived by Amar Tulsiyan, is an ambitious five-year plan aimed at raising awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation. It will be officially launched at the conclave.

The Menstrual Awareness Conclave will feature two high-level panels, which will engage prominent change-makers from the field of menstrual hygiene awareness and management.

The first panel is chaired and moderated by Poonam Muttreja, the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI), which has been at the forefront of policy advocacy and research on gender, population, health and development issues in India.

Change can be implemented only once we initiate discussions: Akshay Kumar

She will speak to eminent panellists focusing on the importance of menstrual hygiene management awareness and practice and the work already being conducted on ground to tackle the issues and address the barriers.

Some of the panelists include film actor and women’s rights activist Shabana Azmi and Avinash Kumar, Director Programme and Policy, WaterAid India, an NGO which aims to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) services.

Tulsiyan said: “Menstrual hygiene awareness is an issue that is severely under-represented in this country, as demonstrated by the amount of women who still don’t use proper menstrual hygiene products to manage their periods.

“With the conclave, I am hopeful that we can inspire and motivate everyone to get involved and join the Chain of Niine.”

Film personalities, academics, policymakers, government officials, activists, business stalwarts, NGOs, and thought-leaders will discuss the impact that stigma and taboos have had on menstruation, which have held girls and women back for centuries from achieving their potential and living a life of menstrual dignity.

The event aims to provide an essential platform focusing on collaboration, innovation and cooperation to assess, plan and put into action sustainable solutions to tackling menstrual issues across India, with the support of leading change-makers.

Akshay tackled the issue of menstrual taboo with his recent award-winning film “Pad Man” and will take to the stage to interact with the audience, sharing experiences of his time filming the movie, and explaining why he was so compelled to not only star but produce a film on the subject.

Earlier this month, he extended support to the nationwide campaign for the Niine Movement – #18to82 – to bridge the gap between the 18 per cent of menstruating females in India who use sanitary napkins, and the 82 per cent predominantly engaging in unhygienic practices.

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Shilpa Shetty faces racism at Sydney airport

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Sydney,  Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Sunday alleged that she faced an unpleasant experience for being “brown” at the Sydney airport over her cabin luggage. Upset by an official who was curt, she says people’s tone must not change with preference to colour.

Shilpa, who dealt with racism in 2007 when she was a contestant on the fifth season of the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” — which she went on to win — faced the latest experience while boarding a plane for Melbourne from Sydney.

The 43-year-old took to Instagram to share the ordeal with a Qantas Airways lady staff member over a cabin luggage, which was deemed as ‘oversized’ at the check-in counter.

A furious Shilpa wrote: “At the check-in counter, met a grumpy Mel (that’s her name) who decided it was ‘okay’ to speak curtly to ‘us’ (brown people!) travelling together. I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance) and she insisted and decided my half empty duffel bag was oversized (to check-in), so she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with ‘oversized luggage’.

“There a polite lady (yes this one was) said, ‘This is not an oversized bag, please check this in manually if you can at another counter’ (all this happening while the counter is going to shut in five minutes).

“As the manual check-in wasn’t going through for five minutes (we tried), I went upto Mel and requested her to put the bag through as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag. She refused again… Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience.


“We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that rude Mel had issues! To which another colleague joined in and reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.”

The “Dhadkan” actress said her intention to narrate her experience is to make Qantas Airways take cognisance of the matter.

“Their staff must be taught to be helpful and tone can’t change with preference to colour. ‘We’ are not pushovers and they must know that being callous and rude will not be tolerated,” she added.

Along with the note, Shilpa also posted a picture of her bag and asked her followers “whether it is oversized or not”.

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Kriti Kharbanda shares screen space with Ranveer Singh

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Mumbai,  Actress Kriti Kharbanda, who was seen on the big screen in “Yamla Pagla Deewana : Phir Se”, will now share the frame with actor Ranveer Singh — but for an ad commercial.

Kriti will feature with Ranveer in an advertisement commercial for paint brand Kansai Nerolac. They shot for the commercial recently at a suburban studio.

“It’s an honour to be part of such a prestigious brand that has existed for decades now and considered as the leader in their segment. It was a great opportunity to share the screen space with Ranveer and I had a whale of a time shooting with him for the commercial,” Kriti said in a statement issued on her behalf.

The actress has earlier been seen in films like “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” and Guest in London”. Her next movie is Sajid Nadiadwala’s multi-starrer comedy franchise movie “Housefull 4”.

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Alisha Khan hopes to share frame with Mahesh Bhatt

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Mumbai,  Actress Alisha Khan, who is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City”, says she hopes to share screen space with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in her next project.

Alisha was interacting with media for promotion of her forthcoming Tariq Khan directorial “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City”, which will see Bhatt as an actor.

Asked about working with him, Alisha said: “I didn’t get the chance to work with him in this film, but I watched him closely during shooting and it was an amazing experience.

“I hope he will act again. I have signed an untitled film with Tariq (director) which will be written by Mahesh Bhatt. Since he acted in this one, I hope I get the chance to share screen space with him in the next project.”

On the film’s story, Alisha said it talks about reality.

“There are seven beautiful stories that you will be able to watch in the film. And the relatable emotional aspects are what you see everywhere in life and it will really touch your heart.”

Alisha was last seen on-screen in “Dare You” in 2016. Why the gap?

“‘Dare You’ was a completely different script. It was based on rape and I was playing the victim in it… It was also a very realistic film. I enjoy being part of realistic films.

“The gap between the two films was only because I was waiting for a film that will motivate me. I really believe in Tariq. He is a very talented man and he made all of us very comfortable while shooting for the film. It was a very homely feeling working with him.”

Alisha made her southern film debut with “Thakiduthatham” in 2016 and has also feature

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