Producer: Twinkle Khanna, Gauri Shinde, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N Kapoor
Director: R. Balki
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor, Jyoti Subhash, Mrinmayee Godbole, Amitabh Bachchan (Cameo)
Music: Amit Trivedi
Genre: Social Drama
Pad Man (2018) Story:
It is a story of Laxmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar), who has a mission to provide low-cost sanitary napkins for rural women. Also, he spreads awareness about social taboos regarding menstruation and hygiene problems related to it. To see Laxmi’s success in his struggle, you have to watch ‘Pad Man!’
Pad Man is based on the true story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu. The movie is adapted from the short story named as ‘The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad’ written by Twinkle Khanna.
Director R. Balki has brought a brave and unconventional subject in this movie. He should be appreciated for it. He presents this bold topic in a sensitive manner. He has not given any filmy or offensive treatment to this movie.
Balki has underlined the social system while commenting on menstruation and women’s hygiene. He tells about several misconceptions related to menstruation and how a woman gets the treatment from the society, during her period.
The movie is not looking preachy. It presents the unconventional social topic in a lighthearted manner. The movie entertains as well as educates society.
This successful journey of Murugan, or Laxmikant, is full of fluctuations. It shows that how a man has suffered for the health of women.
The first half is entertaining and engaging. The script is gripping. The dialogues are emotional, funny, and inspirational.
The cinematography is not glamorous, but it shows the simplicity of villages in MP. It looks natural on the screen.
Talking about music, ‘The Pad Man Song’, and, ‘Aaj Se Teri’ are nice songs. But the rest of the songs are ok.
We applaud Akshay Kumar for his selection of movies. He shines above all superstars for his courageous moves. After ‘Toilet: Ek Premkatha,’ he has come with another social subject which is considered as a social taboo in our society. He has embraced a taboo subject. He has done natural acting in the movie. He shows various shades of his character. There is nothing over the top element in his performance.
Radhika Apte complements Akshay’s performance. She is perfect in her part.
Sonam Kapoor as a marketing guru does an honest performance. Though she plays a small role here, she shines in the movie.
Jyoti Subhash, Mrunmayee Godbole are brilliant actors in the movie.
In the second half, the movie lingers and becomes slow. Editing is ok. If the length of the movie was reduced a bit, it would have been more precise.
The movie becomes melodramatic in some places. For instance, Laxmikant’s struggle, his speech to the United Nations, etc., these scenes are filled with melodrama. This ‘melodrama’ sometimes gets redundant.
They have brought cinematic liberty in the movie and it is not acceptable.
The love angle between Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor is unnecessary and forced.
Is This Movie Worth to Watch?
Yes. Pad Man should be watched by every Indian man and Woman!