NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times January 26, 2018 26 Entertainment -MUMBAI A ctor Emraan Hashmi, who will co- produce and star in "Cheat India" -- a movie on education scams in India -- is confident it will be a "landmark" role in his career. "The script and title of 'Cheat India' are supremely powerful. This is among the most engaging and riveting stories I've read in a while and I am thrilled to be essaying what I believe will be a landmark role in my filmography," Emraan said in a statement. Emraan has joined hands with Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Atul Kasbekar and Tanuj Garg's Ellipsis Entertainment to pro- duce the film, to be directed by Soumik Sen. "I am looking forward to working with some formidable partners - Soumik, an amazing storyteller," Emraan added. On Twitter, Emraan described the movie as "a compelling, edge-of-the-seat drama inspired by real incidents in the Indian education system". Sen said: "This film is for every Indian student who is under pressure to excel in a competitive environment. Today's youth will hugely relate to 'Cheat India'." Kumar believes the movie will reflect the new-age appetite for compelling content rooted in realism. "The story of Cheat India will entertain and uplift, and we're delighted to be bring- ing it to life," Garg and Kasbekar jointly said. The film will release worldwide in February 2019 worldwide. -IANS 'Cheat India' On Education Scams Will Be Landmark Film, Says Emraan Hashmi B Y R UCHI VA ISHNAV fter “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” Akshay Kumar is back with another film focused on women’s health, “Padman” is an upcoming film about menstrual hygiene in the rural areas of India. Based on the true story of Padmashri ArunachalamMuruganatham, the man who revolutionized the manufacturing of a low cost sanitary napkin in India, “Padman” is about Lakshmi, a newly mar- ried man who is shocked to see his wife use an unhygienic cloth during her periods as she is unable to afford a branded pad. So he decides to make a sanitary pad himself, which leads him to face much embarrassment as his wife leaves him and he is banished from his village. However, Lakshmi doesn’t give up and eventually creates a revolution by produc- ing these low cost sanitary napkins, spreading the awareness of menstrual hygiene in India while becoming famous around the world. Here are a few excerpts from an email interview that News India Times had with Kumar: Q: What made you want to do a film about such a taboo subject in India, espe- cially in the rural areas? A: Because with power comes great responsibility, I want to not only entertain people, but I want to help create the change that’s needed in our country. I have a platform, now I want to do good with it, I don’t want to be just another famous actor who died of old age, I want to be someone who made a difference and left a mark in people’s hearts. Q: For “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” you said “my blood boils for their (women) health, safety and comfort,” so would you consid- er this film as a second part or an addition to “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”? A: Well not exactly. Both films are differ- ent. It saddens me to learn that our wives, daughters, mothers and sisters have lived in shame for all these centuries because of such an important biological occurrence. They’ve been made to feel inferior and they’ve been ostracized from families and societies, it’s even cost them their lives. These issues are close to my heart, because after all my years, even I’m only just becoming educated enough about the many crisis’ countries suffer with every day of our lives and I myself am ashamed of how little I knew. I wish I had known since childhood, it would have made me an even more under- standing son, brother and husband if I had known or been able to share with the women in my home the menstrual difficul- ties they face. But because it’s kept so quiet through pressures of society and backward thinking, it’s never a topic of discussion. Q: How did Arunachalam Muruganatham, whose character you are playing, inspire you? A: Well he inspired me enough to make a film on him. Arunachalam Muruganantham has not only got a crack- ing personality himself, but his story is just so intriguing, you can listen to his thoughts all day, his own one liners are clap-worthy, his opinions and views of seeing things a certain way is so pure and rare. For me he really is a real life Hero. Q: How does it feel that your wife, Twinkle Khanna, is producing this film? A: I’m extremely happy and proud of her as I know just how invested she’s been in this film and subject from the word go. Twinkle is my SuperWoman – she is the bravest, most independent woman I’ve ever known, standing only for what is right. She lives for her morals, she fights for equality and loves purely from her heart, but only listens to her brain – and she has always been this way. Q: From the trailer, we can tell that Radhika Apte plays your wife in the film, but what character is Sonam Kapoor por- traying in the film? A: Sonam is the wings to mad super- hero, Pad Man’s pad. She is the one who helps take the voice of an uneducated Pad Man to the world and inspire him to take forward his dreams. She is not the woman behind Pad Man she is the woman who leads Pad Man in the right direction. She teaches him that the world needs his sim- ple humble non-profitable idea and expertise more than he needs theWorld. Q: “Pad Man” is coming out at around that same time as the most awaited film “Padmaavat,” so do you think that may affect the impact “Pad Man” will have on the audience A: It’s a shame any film has to clash, for every movie deserves its magic to be enjoyed, not split into two. Having said that, it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Long weekend dates are always desired and eyed by a lot of film makers and with the number of films being churned out; scenarios like these are bound to happen. As for both the films, well they couldn’t be more different even if we tried, while one is based on history and all that was, the other talks about future and all that could be. I wish them all the best as they have already been through a lot. I sincerely hope both the films do well. Directed by R. Balki, “Padman” is set to release on Jan. 26. It Saddens Me Our Wives, Daughters, Mothers And Sisters Have Lived In Shame For All These Centuries : Akshay Kumar A IANS Actor Akshay Kumar at the song launch of his upcoming film “PadMan” in Mumbai on Jan 12, 2018. Emraan Hashmi spotted at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport in Mumbai. IANS