An India-based documentary,‘Period. End of Sentence,’ that deals with the stigma of menstruation in the country created history after winning the best documentary short subject at the 2019 Oscars.
Co-produced by Guneet Monga and directed by 25-year-old Rayka Zehtabchi this 26-minute short documentary narrates the story of a group of women in Hapur, India who lead a quiet revolution as they fight against the stigma of menstruation that is completely rooted in society.
For a very long time, women of the village don’t have access to sanitary pads, due to which health problems arise among them. When a sanitary pad is installed in their village, women learn to manufacture and market their own pads, whose name is ‘FLY.’
The real ‘Pad Man’ is featured in the film and was nominated along with ‘Black Sheep,’ ‘End Game,’ ‘Lifeboat’ and ‘A Night At The Garden.’
While the producer of the film, Guneet Monga expressed her joy over the big win on her Twitter account. The family of the girl on whom the movie is based also expressed their happiness over the win.
Brother of Sneha while speaking to one of the sources said: “It is based on our sister’s life, but not just my sister, everyone related to the film should get credit for the film’s win. The director and actors of the film, all deserve the award. It’s a very happy moment for all of us.”
Friend and co-worker of Sneha, Sushwa also expressed her happiness and said, “I am feeling very happy and proud. We come from a small village and we didn’t know about this earlier. We had worked very hard on this and so we are feeling very proud. We are very happy that the movie based on our company and our work has got an award.”
Sneha expressed that she also made her grandmother proud, who was all smiles, speaking about the film. She said, “I am feeling very happy and proud.”
Bollywood also was not behind and erupted with happiness because it’s not every day that India welcomes an Oscar in the home.
Bollywood stars like Priyanka Chopra, Vicky Kaushal, Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Mini Mathur, among others took to their Twitter to congratulate the film’s team on the big dream win.
Desi Girl tweeted, “One of the most special moments of the evening…a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #PeriodEndOfSentence team, and my fearless friend @GuneetMonga!! #Oscars2019.”
One of the most special moments of the evening…a film based on the taboos around menstruation wins BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT! Congratulations to the entire #Periodendofsentence team, and my fearless friend @guneetm!! #Oscars2019
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 25, 2019
Vicky also took to his Twitter and written, “Congratulations Guneet!!! #Oscar #PeriodEndOfSentence.”
— Vicky Kaushal (@vickykaushal09) February 25, 2019
The new mother in the B-town, Neha Dhupia said: “What a great time for women in film… congratulations @guneetm and @sikhyaent on your #Oscar win for #Periodendofsentence … what a huge moment. We are all so proud of you. Time to tune into @NetflixIndia n watch this beautiful documentary all over again.”
What a great time for women in film… congratulations @guneetm and @sikhyaent on your #Oscar win for #Periodendofsentence … what a huge moment. We are all so proud of you. Time to tune into @NetflixIndia n watch this beautiful documentary all over again!
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) February 25, 2019
Dia Mirza also expressed her immense happiness and said: “Yayyy!!! @guneetm this is so awesome!!! Congratulations #India #Oscars #PeriodEndofSentence.”
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) February 25, 2019
The Oscar-winning documentary that handles the stigma around menstruation in rural India, is presently available on Netflix.
The 2019 Oscars took place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Hollywood.