Pad Man Review & Rating|
Directed by R.Balki and produced by Twinkle Khanna, Padman stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. It is based on one of the stories from the book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad written by Twinkle Khanna, which in turn was based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore who introduced low-cost sanitary pads in the Indian market.
The film tells the story of Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) who is married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte) and is concerned about her menstrual problem and asks her to use a sanitary napkin instead of a cloth. Gayatri refuses, though, because these pads are expensive and they come from a humble background. Lakshmi then tries to address this problem and tries to bring a change in the society and in the religious and old fashioned beliefs of the people of his village, which makes his wife, his sister and mother embarrassed of him.
Akshay Kumar as the man who takes charge of the problem fits into the character perfectly and the audience connects with his pain and drive to bring a change. Despite a great performance, the viewers are starting to get used to the same type of films that the actor is choosing, like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Jolly LLB 2, all of which give out a social message.
Radhika Apte in the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife shines on the screen and the women will relate to her. The way that she acts in astonishment at her husband’s bold endeavors shows her talent as an actress. Sonam Kapoor’s character Pari appears in the final act of the film and helps in moving the story forward, but her acting is bland and the interactions with other characters do not seem natural. And as the film is directed by R.Balki, it has the mandatory cameo by Amitabh Bachchan which is refreshing.
Talking about the technical aspects of the film, the director has done a good job but it often feels like a public service announcement where things are explained more than it is actually required. The first half is very weak when compared to the powerful second half. The screenplay too is not up to the mark, but that is because of the taboo subject that the film is based on. It should be noted that a film named Phullu was made on a similar subject, but it did not do well because it didn’t have a huge star cast.
Art direction by Rupin Suchak seems fake and the village that the film tries to show seems fake and carefully constructed to give the audience an enhanced look into the lives of the poor. Music by Amit Trivedi is not one that will win awards but it definitely serves the purpose. Chandan Arora edits the film perfectly and leaves no unwanted scenes in the film.
Despite its flaws and bits of misses here and there, Pad Man is an important film that takes a bold initiative of talking about the problem of female menstruation. Not only does it have brilliant performances by actors, but it can also be clearly seen that there is heart behind the project and the makers care about bringing out a change rather than just making a commercial film and making money off of it.
Like most of R.Balki’s films, this film too tries to close the gap between the two genders and work towards a better society. It also shows us the different classes of life that go through the same problems. Akshay Kumar plays the role of a villager who has basic English education, but tries to give a speech in English and does a commendable job, while Sonam Kapoor plays the role of a privileged girl from Delhi who helps him in his journey.
Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man without whom this film would not have been possible was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world in the year 2014 and was given a Padma Shree award by the government of India for his work. R.Balki and Akshay Kumar manage to put a Bollywood flavor to his life story and dialogues by Swanand Kirkire add a sense of humor to the story, without which it would have felt like a lecture.
There is also a love story hidden in this film about social issues, which Balki handles extremely well. The chemistry between Akshay and Radhika seems natural and the conversations between Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar's characters are some of the funniest moments in the film. The two actors also look good together whenever they share the screen.
Verdict: Padman is not a commercial film, but it is one that will bring out a change in society and move towards women empowerment. Definitely worth a watch.
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Akshay Kumar has managed to do it again. Padman is an entertaining film with a social message that will resonate with the audience. The performances by all the actors are brilliant and the direction by R.Balki is top class as always. The scenes between Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte feel natural and the set design also gives a feeling of the town that the story is based in. It is one of the most inspiring films to have been made in Bollywood and everyone should watch it at least once.
Akshay Kumar who is on a roll these days with back to back super hits is back with another movie Pad Man. Like most of his recent films, Padman also deals with a social issue and it is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham. The movie is all set for a release on 9th February and a special screening was held a couple of days before the theatrical release. Padman is receiving a unanimously positive response from the celebs who've watched the film. Akshay Kumar is being praised for coming up with a subject which is the need of the hour. Check out the celebrity Tweet reviews about Akshay Kumar's PadMan.
Celebs are going gaga over the flick and the terrific performances of Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte. R Balki seems to have done a great job in dealing with a subject that revolves around the menstrual problems of the women in India. He is being lauded for being brave and but not preachy. Once again Akshay seems to have given a realistic and heart touching performance. See the latest Tweets of the celebrities to know more.
It is a well-known fact that R.Balki makes movies to bring unity among the men and women of the society and this film does exactly the same thing. In a different director's hands, this film could have easily turned into a commercial flick but the public seems to be responding positively to this mature take on the taboo subject.
A special mention must be given to Twinkle Khanna, who wrote the book that the film is based on. She is also making her debut as a producer with this film and the public can't believe that the actress waited so long before getting into film production. No expense has been spared to make this film and bringing out to a wide audience.
Not many actors can take on the challenge of acting in a film about such a subject, but Akshay Kumar takes on any challenge and does a wonderful job at it. That's the reason why his performance in Pad Man is being appreciated by the general audience and his peers in the Hindi Film Industry alike.
Another big aspect of the film is its music. Songs like Saale Sapne and the title song composed by Amit Trivedi are resonating well with the audience. Singers like Arijit Singh, Mika Singh, Yashita Sharma and Mohit Chauhan have lent their voice to make the music of the film the success that it is now. Also, the cameo by Amitabh Bachchan takes lifts up the spirit of the film to a whole another level.
P C Sreeram has handled the cinematography and his hard work shows on the screen. He has captured the essence of a small town in Madhya Pradesh perfectly and the audience is relating to the story very well.
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What is Pad Man all about?
Padman is a biographical comedy-drama starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the lead roles while it is written and directed by R. Balki. The film is based on a short story by Twinkle Khanna which appears in her book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene among women in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine.
What to expect from Padman?
There are many reasons that make Padman a must watch in theaters this weekend. The film has been in the news ever since it was announced. Let’s take a look at some of the big reasons to watch Padman:
Akshay Kumar, the hit machine
Well, if it’s an Akshay Kumar starrer it has got to be big. The actor who is on a roll after last year’s back to back successes, Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, will be trying to kick start 2018 on a hit note with this flick. His films always have an audience for it which makes him one of the biggest crowd pullers at the box office after the Khan’s.
The film has a social cause which addresses the struggle of females in our country while going through their menstruation cycle. It touches upon certain women related biological issues which should no more remain taboo. It shows how our women in rural areas are missing out on general hygienic facilities like Sanitary Pads during their periods.
Inspiring story with a message
Padman is an inspirational tale of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad making machine and helped spread awareness among women in rural India. The story also conveys a strong message about traditional unhygienic practices that women follow during menstruation cycle in rural India.
Female cast – Sonam Kapoor & Radhika Apte
The casting of Sonam Kapoor as Rhea and Radhika Apte as Akshay Kumar’s wife, Gayatri adds freshness to the story. Though Sonam had earlier worked with Akshay in Thankyou but it’ll be interesting to see them in new avatars. This will be the first time where Radhika Apte is cast opposite Akshay which again makes the movie more interesting.
R. Balki’s innovative story-telling
Director R. Balki who has given us some memorable films like Cheeni Kum, Paa and Ki & Ka has amazed us many times with his innovative style of storytelling. He is known for bringing out the best out of his actors. He will surely be looking to extend his winning streak with Padman which he has also written.
High production values
With multiple renowned production houses like SPE Films India, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, Columbia Pictures, Mrs Funnybones Movies, backing this venture, it is but obvious that the production values will be high.
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