Jaya Bachchan Recalls Changing Sanitary Pads Behind Bushes During Shoot, Talks About Period Leaves

Jaya Bachchan recalled changing sanitary pads behind bushes during movie shoots. She also talked about women not getting period leaves. Read on!


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Jaya Bachchan Recalls Changing Sanitary Pads Behind Bushes During Shoot, Talks About Period Leaves

Jaya Bachchan is an iconic actress of her generation, who won hearts with her blockbuster movies. She kickstarted her career in Bollywood at the age of 15. She was working at a time when no vanity vans were provided to the actors. Even when shooting at outdoor locations, no facilities were given to the B-Town stars, not even proper toilets. And in a recent episode of What The Hell Navya, Jaya opened up about her struggle during periods. 

One look at Jaya's personal life, she had tied the knot with Amitabh Bachchan on June 3, 1973. From enjoying old-school romance to being the most incredible husband and wife, Amitabh and Jaya’s romantic love story is definitely made for the books. They are blessed with two children, Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda.

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In a recent episode of What The Hell Navya, Navya Nanda enjoyed a candid conversation with her granny, Jaya Bachchan, on menstruation. During the chat, she revealed how she used to change behind the bushes during shoots. In her words:

“When we used to do outdoors, we didn’t have vans. We had to change behind the bushes.”


Further, in the podcast, a shocked Navya asked whether Jaya was talking about changing sanitary pads or clothes. To this, Jaya recalled her embarrassing memories from the past and said:

“Everything. There were not even enough toilets. It was awkward and embarrassing. You used 3-4 sanitary pads and you carried plastic bags to discard the pads and put them in a basket so that when you get home, you can get rid of it.”


Jaya also stated how it was extremely difficult to sit while donning 4-5 sanitary towels. She explained how she had to make a belt with the two ends of the towel, and it was really uncomfortable. She said:

“Can you imagine sitting down when you have 4-5 sanitary towels on you? It was really uncomfortable. And then you didn’t have the kind of sanitary towels that you have today, you just stick it on. You had to make a belt with two ends, towels only had loops, to tie tape to it. It was really bad.”

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Jaya, who is known for her bold and outspoken nature, asked a question to the youths in the podcast. She said that people go crazy on Mother’s Day and asked if they bother to understand their mom’s problems. She also talked about women not getting period leaves at the workplace. She stated:

“They are against women getting period leaves, at least give them one or two days off, and ask them to compensate for it on some other day when they are okay. Men have to understand this. Also, some women are not considerate towards other women. They also need to be considerate.”


We love how Jaya Bachchan voiced her opinion about menstruation! 

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