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Bollywood actors on period stigma


In her granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda’s podcast, veteran actor Jaya Bachchan opened up about her challenges on set when she was younger. She explained how uncomfortable it was to work during periods and mentioned that sanitary napkins back then were different from those used today. Bachchan said they didn’t have the kind of sanitary napkins we have today that we stick to. They had to make a belt with two ends, towels with loops, to attach adhesive tape to.

Now that the periods and challenges are openly discussed on public platforms, let’s take a look at the celebrities who have opened up about this sensitive topic.

Actors on period stigma

Kalki Koechlin

Discussing menstruation and the social customs surrounding it, she said: “My profession requires extensive travel, long hours of filming and rigorous rehearsals – and I cannot restrict myself because of these taboos imposed on us. . While some women go about their professional lives with relative ease during our period, thousands of people my age live each day mired in restrictions and taboos. I want to encourage and urge women to step forward and challenge regressive traditions in their pursuit of success.

Alia Bhat

Alia spoke about the limitations that apply to women during their period. In a previous interview, she talked about how natural monthly bleeding is and a reminder that women can give birth to another life. She said, “Girls are not allowed to enter shrines when they are menstruating; no conditions should apply. How are women considered “ashudh” when they bleed? It’s more than ridiculous. Don’t people know why we bleed? It is a sign that we can give birth to another life. Prohibiting women from entering temples during their periods makes me angry. It is absurd because it is the rule of nature. There’s nothing wrong with you girls. It’s just a thought process that needs to change.

Taapsee Pannu

Pannu has been seen repeatedly breaking stereotypes and going her own way. In an interview, she broke the stigma around periods and said, “If only stereotypes were taboo and our periods weren’t. If only rashes were more alarming and openly wearing pads weren’t. If only getting a period break was normal and saying it’s only a matter of two days wasn’t. If only saying I’m on my period was common and saying I’m depressed or silent wasn’t.

Kareena Kapoor

Kapoor pointed to the work factor associated with menstruation and said, “Every woman’s body is different and their comfort level is different. Some people have bad backs or terrible cramps, and if a woman can’t come to work, every company should understand that.

Radhika Apte

When it comes to menstruation, Radhika has always gone against social norms. She was part of the film Padman, which sought to challenge societal norms regarding menstruation. Additionally, Radhika participated in a period campaign with Rio stamps that blatantly displayed the period in red. Recalling her first period, she said, “I remember the day my period started; I thought they had started. So I went to the bathroom in the middle of class. I remember being very proud the day I got my period.


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