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Pad Project Sets In-Person Gala With Honorees Karla Welch, Poorna Jagannathan

The Pad Project — a nonprofit responsible for the Oscar-winning Netflix documentary Period. End of Sentence — is finalizing details for a gala, set for May 12 in Hollywood. The event will be held at Hollywood’s Lombardi House under the theme “Change the Conversation. Period.” A slate of honorees has also been announced: celebrity stylist and the Period Company founder Karla Welch, actress and activist Poorna Jagannathan, journalist and activist Ruchira Gupta and filmmaker Roya Sadat.More from The Hollywood ReporterHollywood Stylist Karla Welch's ThredUp Collection Will Dress You Sustainably for CoachellaAshley Greene, Shawn Ashmore's 'Aftermath' Lands at Quiver for Digital (Exclusive)'Crying...
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Hollywood has long failed South Asian women. And Poorna Jagannathan is fighting back

Nalini Vishwakumar is a strict, widowed Indian mother raising her teen daughter the only way she knows how: with an iron fist. A medical professional by day, she strives to make their San Fernando Valley home a fortress of tradition and discipline, enforcing lessons learned from her upbringing in India. She’s also pushing her academically gifted daughter toward an Ivy League education because, according to Nalini, being an average American kid is not enough: “Normal teenagers end up in prison, or worse, working at Jersey Mike’s.”
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