After signing Talaash director Reema Kagti’s film where he will be playing Balbir Singh, the Indian hockey player, Akshay Kumar is now going to star in his second biopic!

In a film produced  by wife Twinkle Khanna’s new production house, Akshay will be seen playing Arunachalam Muruganantham, a man who was vital in empowering rural women in modern-day India.

Arunachalam inspired Twinkle’s hero in her short story The Sanitary Man from the Sacred Land from her recently released book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Notably, Arunachalam suffered the wrath and judgement of his village when he tried finding a way to make cheap, affordable sanitary napkins for women in her village.

Earlier, women would use rags or random cloth in place of sanitary napkins to deal with menstruation. But Muruganantham’s low-cost pad changed the lives of rural women and it is only fitting that such a  man should be talked and heard about on a large scale.

The film will be directed by R Balki and will star Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor.

A source close to the film’s production spoke to DNA, “It’s the kind of film that will appeal to Twinkle’s sensibilities. It will be directed by R Balki and will star Akshay. The concept is hers, and will be developed by R Balki.” However, Twinkle is reportedly not taking the writing credits.

Akshay Kumar has seldom acted in a full-fledged biopic. While he may have done films based on real incidents such as Special 26, Rustom and Airlift, Akshay’s characters have by and large been fictitious with shades of real-life personalities.

Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar will be sharing the trailer of his upcoming film Jolly LLB 2 on December 19. Other than this, Akshay’s 2017 slate is full with films like Naam Shabana, Crack, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha and the bilingual science fiction film 2.0.