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Pad Man is the world’s first feature film on menstrual hygiene based on the story of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential entrants Arunachalam Muruganantham, a rural welder from India with a unique, eccentrically mad edge who turned incredible inventor by providing women with access to high-quality and affordable sanitary pads 20 years ago. America may have Batman, Spiderman and Superman, but India has it’s very own Pad Man - the crazy superhero, masterfully portrayed by Indian film supremo Akshay Kumar, changing the world through his insanity. These are the words of Bollywood royalty Amitabh Bachchan in the opening seconds of the hugely anticipated Pad Man trailer which burst onto screens on the 15th December, breaking the internet in the process. With over 3million views for the trailer in a matter of just a few hours, the Pad Man trailer is on everybody’s lips this morning ahead of its official release in cinemas around the world on the 26th January 2018. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K9ujx8vO_A

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the Delhi reception held for Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli on December 21. Anushka and Virat, who married in Italy on December 11, visited PM Modi to invite him on Wednesday. The reception venue was Durba Hall, Taj Diplomatic Enclave. Anushka wore a traditional Banarsi sari by Sabyasachi, Virat complemented her in a black textured bandhgala with silk kurta and hand embroidered pashmina shawl. The duo ended the year with the most popular wedding of 2017.

An apparent suicide note left by K-pop star Kim Jong-hyun - the SHINee singer best known by his stage name, Jonghyun - revealed the depth of his struggles with depression before he died Monday. The music idol’s death left millions of fans around the world in shock and forced a spotlight on mental health in South Korea. Jonghyun’s lengthy, pain-filled note was posted on Instagram by one of his close friends, Jang Hee-yeon, who is better known by her stage name, Nine9, of the South Korean group Dear Cloud. “I’m broken from the inside,” the note read. “The depression that has slowly eaten away at me has finally consumed me, and I couldn’t beat it.” Nine9 said she struggled with whether to make the note public but ultimately decided to post it after consulting with Jonghyun’s family. In her Instagram post, she added a long preface mourning her friend. Jonghyun had shared “deep and dark thoughts” with her in the past, Nine9 wrote, and she tried to intervene. “In the end, it only delayed his passing and did not prevent it,” Nine9 wrote. “Beautiful Jonghyun, I love you so much.”

As expected, holdover ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ beat both new holiday offerings. Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle jumped ahead of P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman at the Wednesday box office, posting an estimated opening-day gross of $7.2 million from 3,765 theaters as the Christmas onslaught commenced. The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, took in $2.5 million from 3,005 locations on its first day for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

Amazon Studios is losing three more key executives. Tara Sorensen, who has been with Amazon since 2012 and served as head of kids programming, is jumping ship for Apple. She will serve in the same role at the tech giant and report to Apple heads of worldwide video/chief content officers Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. Amazon Studios’ Carina Walker, an international development exec, and Tara Pietri, head of business affairs, are also exiting for Apple. All three execs will begin their new roles with Apple in January.

In her tear-filled final goodbye, Catt Sadler spoke about what had been the peak of her two-decade career: a two-hour, live entertainment news show in the middle of the day called Daily Pop. She left E! after learning co-host Jason Kennedy earns ‘double’ her salary. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full time in 2016 made 81 cents for each dollar made by a man. As the New York Times reported, the gap is larger among college graduates, and “far larger in business, finance and legal careers than in science and technology jobs.” The gap increases with age - and when women marry and begin having children.

The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) launches confidential sexual harassment support service for electronic music industry. Victims of sexual harassment within society and specifically within the entertainment industry need trained support. AFEM is launching a confidential support service, delivered by Health Assured, to provide advice and guidance to those affected. The Association for Electronic Music is the global trade body for the genre representing the interests of record labels, managers, promoters, publishers, clubs and all other companies whose business is electronic music. Members include Live Nation, CAA, Three Six Zero, Red Light Management and Defected. “We are working with our 150 plus members on how to unite as an industry against all forms of abuse and AFEM directs anyone who has been affected by abuse or harassment to an industry specific and confidential service operated by Health Assured on 0800 030 5182, (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182) where trained experts will listen and support. This is a pivotal moment for society, industry and inclusivity and we must ensure that every opportunity is taken to support all victims. It is time to build a safe and supportive environment for everyone whatever their gender, ethnicity, sexual preference and age,” Mark Lawrence AFEM CEO, said. A reminder of the support service number 0800 030 5182 (Outside the UK: +44 800 030 5182)

-Compiled by Mariam Nihal