Period. End of Sentence, a film on the taboos around menstruation that features the real ‘Pad Man’, Arunachalam Muruganantham, bagged the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject this year. The film, set in India, was principally shot in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh.
Directed by award winning Iranian-Amercian filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, and co-produced by Indian film producer Gunmeet Monga’s Sikhya Entertainment, the film is being proudly flaunted by Indians across the globe as a major win.
From Akshay Kumar- the ‘ reel Pad Man’ and Priyanka Chopra, to Uttar Pradesh’s CM Yogi Adityanath, this is how all of them responded to the film’s victory.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2019
One of the most special moments of the evening…a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 25, 2019
— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) February 25, 2019
Against all odds Hapur’s pad women Sneha and her friends managed to break the stereotype about menstruation and inspired the world with their efforts. Heartiest congratulations to Guneet Monga and team for the Oscars. Its about health, awareness and Periods : end of sentence.
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) February 25, 2019
Amazing news coming in! #PeriodEndOfSentence, a film on menstruation shot in India, has won the OSCARS in the Documentary Short Subject category. Produced by Ms. @Guneetm, the film talks about how “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education”.https://t.co/iIy1rJUjFa
— Maneka Gandhi (@Manekagandhibjp) February 25, 2019
Congratulations @guneetm for Winning an Oscar for the short film PERIOD ! My producer and India’s pride .
— Paresh Rawal (@SirPareshRawal) February 25, 2019
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 25, 2019
— Lara Dutta Bhupathi (@LaraDutta) February 25, 2019
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) February 25, 2019
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) February 25, 2019
The 26 minute film is part of The Pad Project, an organisation established by a group of school students and their teacher, Melissa Berton, from Los Angeles. It follows the journey of women in Hapur and their experience in setting up a sanitary pad vending machine in the village.