Akshay Kumar – the man on whom neither the law of Diminishing Marginal Utility (DMU) nor the law of gravity is applicable. Post shedding some light on issues of sanitation in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha he’s back to add a touch of entertainment to a story based on menstrual hygiene in Padman.
Padman starts by thanking ‘Superhero‘ Amitabh Bachchan (Yes he was literally addressed as this). Showing the love of Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) for his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) the film takes no time to put forward its point. Set in the year 2001, Lakshmi is one of those thoughtful husbands aware about the menstrual issues faced by women.
Lakshmi’s journey of becoming a Padman starts by seeing the cloth Gayatri uses during her menstrual cycle. To keep his wife safe from the infections he decides to gift her pad and protect her. Misunderstood by all, he tries his best to make everyone understand why what he’s doing is need of the hour.
R. Balki has managed to shuffle the immensely significant issue and humour without crossing any line. Akshay Kumar is natural totally into his character. The urge of doing something right is accurately expressed by Akshay. He spreads his magic wand all over again making us fall in love with his character one more time. Radhika Apte is transparent with her performance and expresses herself on-point. The pre-interval scene is TERRIFIC laying down the base for a very interesting second half.
Directed by R. Balki, Padman, releasing on Friday, is based on the story of a real-life hero and addresses the issue of menstrual hygiene.
The film, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, is based on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who brought about a near revolution by introducing a machine capable of producing low-cost sanitary pads.