Producer Guneet Monga is a happy soul after getting a ticket to the Oscars with her film Period. End of Sentence. The Indian movie, which is set on the taboos around menstruation and featuring the real Pad Man, has made it to the top five nominees of the Documentary Short Subject category. The 91st Academy Awards will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday. The ceremony will air live on Monday morning. Also Read - Tahira Kashyap Directs Neena Gupta in 'Pinni', Short Film Part of Guneet Monga's 'Zindagi inShort'
Taking to her Instagram page, Guneet posted a picture of herself with a red envelope that had Oscars written on it. The smile on her face and the caption, “My Ticket to…. #OSCARS!!” speaks volumes about the happiness she is feeling. Also Read - Oscar Fame Guneet Monga Announces New Film on Birthday, Casts Dangal Star Sanya Malhotra in Pagglait
Another bunch of pictures she had shared was captioned, “Started with a small dream in the English department room of @melissa_berton with her school girls of @oakwoodstories for empowering and educating other young girls across the world for better menstruation hygiene. This started 7 years ago with raising money and donating one pad machine… then thought the team should make a movie for better awareness!! @actionindia76 from India helped on ground in putting a machine. @raykaz and @samdavisdp captured all of this so beautifully with @kakarmandakini producing for @sikhya”
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Period. End of Sentence is about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life Pad Man Arunachalam Muruganathan. It is produced by Guneet and is co-produced by Sikhya Entertainment, which has backed films like The Lunchbox and Masaan.
Directed by award-winning Iranian-American filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi, the film is created by The Pad Project, an organisation established by an inspired group of students at the Oakwood School in Los Angeles and their teacher, Melissa Berton.
The 26-minute film follows girls and women in Hapur in northern India and their experience with the installation of a pad machine in their village.
“This started seven years ago with raising money and donating one pad machine… then thought the team should make a movie for better awareness. Action India from India helped on ground in putting a machine. Rayka Zehtabchi and Sam Davis captured all of this so beautifully with Mandakini Kakar producing for Sikhya Entertainment,” Guneet said.
Adding, “Today here we are! All the way to Oscars and have put this story on the map! Whatever may happen…. team ‘Period. End of Sentence’ is already a winner.”