Even though everyone knew what the Film was all about and what to expect, everyone was excitedly waiting for Padman and it was a full house at the screening of the film.
PadMan is based on the story of activist Arunachalam Muruganatham who is also known as India’s Menstrual Man. He’s the man who made the sanitary napkin affordable for people living in the villages by inventing the pad making machine.
We have been warned during the interviews and otherwise too that though the film has been based on facts, there is a generous amount of fiction to it.The film shows us Laxmikanth Chauhan’s (Akshay Kumar) quest for low-cost sanitary pads for his wife (Radhika Apte) who refuses to use the expensive sanitary pads.How his wife, family and his entire village go against him for the same. While his wife thinks he is obsessed with the idea of creating cheap sanitary pads, the people in the village think he’s lost it for inventing something as filthy as a pad! But Laxmi does not give up, leaves the village and is successful in his quest with the help of a city-bred tabla player Pari (Sonam Kapoor).
The first half seems to drag a bit, gets a little preachy and the part where the village doctor is giving facts to Akshay Kumar about how poor hygiene affects women’s health during periods also seems a wee bit like a documentary. However, the film picks up pace in the second half and it’s interesting to watch how Lakshmi assembles the machine and finally makes the pad.
Akshay does a great job as the doting husband and as PadMan. Radhika as Akshay’s wife looks the role but could have done performed better, even though she does look believable. Sonam as Pari, the city-bred graduate who helps Laxmi, was average and at times a little unconvincing too.
But all said and done both director R Balki and Akshay Kumar should take a bow for making a film on an issue that was much needed to be brought out. If more of our men thought about and respected women the way Akshay’s character Lakshmi does in the film, our country would be one of the most powerful and the best place to live in! (Yep, that’s the effect that Akshay’s monologue towards the end of the film at the United Nations in New York had on me!). The monologue is ‘seeti’ worthy and I am sure all women will agree to that.
Yes, the film has its flaws and the story could have been better, but it’s a brave attempt to make a film on a subject that most of us take for granted or don’t have enough courage to speak about! Thumbs up to Akshay Kumar and R Balki! Go watch PadMan this weekend and take your brothers, husbands, grandfathers, chachas, mamas etc. etc. along!
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