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Does Bollywood North Indianise all our stories?

DNMUM405493 | 1/14/2018 | Author : Sohini Das Gupta | WC :968



Leading up to the release of R Balki’s Padman, the much-touted Akshay Kumar-starrer based on the life of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganatham, a post by Facebook user Abhilasha Cherukuri raised a larger socio-cultural question. Muruganatham, who created low-cost sanitary napkin-making machine, sparking a hygiene revolution across rural India, is from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Why then, demands the post, which had been liked over 1,000 times and shared by 349 users at the time of publication, has the character based on this man been reimagined as a North Indian (Lakshmikant Chauhan) instead? Cherukuri does not seem to view this as an isolated incident either, citing Airlift (2016), also starring Akshay Kumar, where “the real l
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