Akshay Kumar installs sanitary pad vending machines in Mumbai

Akshay Kumar (R) and politician Aditya Thackeray (L) pose for a picture during the inauguration of a sanitary napkin automatic vending machine and the promotion of his Hindi film 'Padman' at Bus ST Depo, in Mumbai on February 15, 2018. Pic/AFP

National Award-winning actor Akshay Kumar has installed a sanitary pad vending machine in Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot and hopes to put several across India. Akshay, whose latest release Padman delves with menstrual issue and hygiene, especially in rural India, took to Twitter on Thursday to share a photograph of him along with Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray inaugurating the vending machine.

"Placed a sanitary pad vending machine at Mumbai Central ST Bus Depot today, hoping to place more across the state and eventually hopefully the whole country. Thank you Aaditya Thackeray for your support," he captioned the image. Thackeray thanked Akshay and said that the film should cross the Rs 100 crore-mark soon.

"Should cross the Rs 100 Crore mark soon! Thank you Akshay Kumarji for always being an inspiration to do good!" Thackeray tweeted.

Padman produced by Akshay's wife Twinkle Khanna, is based on the life of the social entrepreneur and activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin making machine. The film, which released on February 9, also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

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