Release Date: February 09, 2018
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor
Director: R. Balki
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
After Superman, Spiderman, Ironman and various other superheroes, here comes the story of a real-life superhero called Padman. So, who’s Padman? Well, Padman is based on the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, who is a social crusader, inventor, and entrepreneur. Arunachalam was just another common man, but his life changed when he witnessed the social stigma and secrecy associated with the use of sanitary pads in India.Arunachalam was surprised when he found out that sanitary pads were quite expensive in India and out of reach of most women. Not willing to make adjustments, Arunachalam decided to change things for the better. Just like other superheroes, Arunachalam battled the social evils associated with the use of sanitary napkins.
While Arunachalam is from Coimbatore, the movie Padman uses Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh to depict Arunachalam’s journey. Arunachalam’s character is played by Akshay Kumar in the movie. The movie catches up on the life of Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar), who is distressed when he comes to know that his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins. Lakshmikant wants to solve the problem by creating low-cost sanitary napkins, but he faces an uphill task, as he is challenged by archaic social and religious taboos. However, Lakshmikant refuses to give up and he toils harder in his mission to provide affordable sanitary napkins to women in India.
Padman comes across as a documentary, but you can’t really blame the moviemakers. It’s quite difficult to be informative and entertaining at the same time. However, Director R Balki has tried his best to balance the various components of the movie. So, what you get is a mix of social awareness campaign and a humorous take on the fears and apprehensions associated with sanitary napkins. Akshay Kumar has once again proved why he is one of the most versatile actors in the industry. Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor have also played their part beautifully.
There’s apparently no CGI in Padman, but this is one story that even popular superheroes will be willing to take a bow. Go for Padman if you want to experience what real-life superheroes are all about.