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An Indian short film ‘First Period’ released on Monday on the occasion of world Menstrual Hygiene Day has won praise on social media.
Written by Ishani Banerjee and directed by Mozez Singh of ‘Zubaan’ (2016) fame and supported by author Twinkle Khanna, the nine-minute long film, with an all-male star cast, talks about the first period with great sensitivity, laying bare the range of emotions a young person goes through when they get their first period.
The film deals with the subject from a boy’s viewpoint and shows a world where women don’t exist, and the tables are flipped.
Mozez told DNA, “When I was approached by Dasra, the NGO behind the film alongside The Gates Foundation, their brief was they wanted men to be involved in the conversation about menstrual hygiene. So, we wrote a script where we showed everything from a man’s point of view and how in that world it’s all perfect and empowering. It raises the question why can’t this happen in a woman’s world and forces you to neutralise gender disparity. First Period is another voice in that conversation.”
The movie has been widely praised on social media.
Guri Kaur wrote on Twitter, “A short film that talks about menstruation without having any female character and still gives a big message. Mind blowing film and MHM story. #FirstPeriod #MenstrualHygieneDay I still wonder though if guys got periods how would they react!”
Twinkle Khanna, the producer of the short film, who earlier this year produced the film, Pad Man, said, “What would the world be like if men and boys had periods?”
“In order to have a clear perspective sometimes you have to examine things from all angles including turning them upside down and you have done that brilliantly,” she said about the director.