February 18, 2019

Public review of 'Pad Man': Audience finds Akshay Kumar's movie inspiring

10 February 2018, 02:54 | Joann Bryant

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The man behind Padman

Their heartfelt chemistry is beautifully explored in the track "Aaj Se Teri" in the beginning. Will these celebrities continue to lead the conversation around menstrual taboo and hygiene months and years after the film's release? He managed to teach them using sign language.

Petrified of Gayatri falling victim to unhygienic menstrual practices, Lakshmi decides to challenge the age-old beliefs pertaining to periods and tries to make low-priced sanitary napkins for his wife. During the excruciating voyage, Lakshmi is ridiculed by his villagers, condemned from the society and stamped as a madman. Ashamed of his trials and failures, she leaves him and so does his family. The rest of the film revolves around how he becomes "PadMan" and gives wings to women to fly during the menstrual days.

Starring Akshay, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles, the film is inspired by the real life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham - India's Menstrual Man. Arunachalam made low-priced sanitary pads for the women of his village and later received the Padma Shri award for his endeavours. But once you've accepted that the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham was captivating and inspiring enough to base a movie on, it feels hollow to say that the movie focuses on the central character too much.

Now let's come to the numbers and check out the first day collections of Pad Man. The sluggish pace also dampens your interest a bit.

Hindustan Times: PadMan begins on a slow note and drags on for some time before picking up the pace. On the day of the release, Akshay Kumar took to Instagram to thank his gorgeous superwoman Twinkle Khanna in an adorable post. His last release of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha showed the issues of sanitation in our country. This is when his research for making cost-effective sanitary pads starts.

How is the attitude of villagers towards Muruganantham now that he's famous? It is hard to ascertain but there is no mention of another woman (Sonam Kapoor) in his real life, yet. None of these women are interested in bettering their lives, nor are they concerned about their own health. However, her character stumbles at a few places with its unnecessary melodramatic tone. That X factor here is the infatuation with Sonam Kapoor who carries the role of a big helping hand as effortlessly as negotiating the stage when their friendship reaches a tipping point. From the very beginning she's been totally involved in all aspects. A cameo from superstar Amitabh Bachchan is a ideal fit, as well. The original Padman that this movie is based on is, of course, Tamil Nadu's Arunachalam Muruganantham.

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