Movie Review : PadMan

Release date: 9 February 2018 (India)
Director: R. Balki
Based on: The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land; by Twinkle Khanna
Budget: ₹20 crore
FanWar Rating : 9/10

A newly married Lakshmi goes against the general view and age old customs to find a low cost, hygienic way for his wife for her periods by inventing a low cost sanitary napkin making machine.

After the success of Toilet:Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar is back with another biopic, this time that of Arunachalam Muruganantham who revolutionized low cost production of sanitary napkin.

The blooming bond of love between a newly married couple, the cultural barricades of rural India and a determined man who is on a mission to promote hygiene and sanitary napkins by challenging traditional hindrances is what best sums up this movie.

Radhika Apte plays the role of a bewildered housewife with utmost perfection. Akshay Kumar plays his character with utmost dedication. He always gets into the sleeves of his character beautifully and is not afraid to push boundaries. Amit Trivedi does a fine job with his high octave background score.Director R. Balki beautifully captures the small and simple things, be it a wife packing tiffin for her husband or be it tucking his shirt everytime he goes off to work.

The high intensity former half of story is fast paced and sets a high bar for the latter part which could not keep up with it. It’s one of the few movies i have seen where the build up to the actual cause is much better than the cause itself. You cannot help but laugh at the scene when Akshay Kumar was asked for a medical shop at the middle of the night to buy a sanitary pad and he picks one out from his pocket and hands it over to the shocked lady during the introduction of Sonam Kapoor, who plays a small but vital role in the move.

It is very difficult to imagine one man to get up as many times as Mr. Arunachalam did in real life after facing a barrage of insults and sacrificing his life and family for the betterment and upliftment of women and aberrations but you know a movie has succeeded when this imagination becomes a reality in the white screen. PadMan is a great way to salute our unsung heroes.

All hail the Indian Superhero…..PadMan!!!!!!


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