Pad Man

Released Date : Feb 9, 2018

Directed by : R. Balki

Box Office : 81 Crores

Genre : comedy-drama

Akshay Kumar’s Padman ( for it would be wrong to say otherwise) marks a milestone in the superstar`s journey from Khiladi to Baby, to Padman. Directed by R.Balki, Pad Man is based on a book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, by writer-producer Twinkle Khanna. The book is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who altered the idea of menstrual cleanliness in provincial India by making a minimal effort sanitary napkins machine. The movie revolves around the life of `Padman` who took upon himself the herculean task of coming up with a machine that gives women biodegradable sanitary napkins at a lower cost. Ostracized from his village and abandoned by family, the movie focuses on the hardships faced by this rather unconventional husband, in the pursuit of his goal. Also starring Radhika Apte, Sonam Kapoor and even Big B Amitabh Bachchan (in a special appearance), Pad Man has been raking mullahs ever since it hit the Box Office on 9 February 2018.



Production Company

Grazing Goat Pictures, Hope Productions, KriArj Entertainment

Release Date

February 9,2018

Music Director

Amit Trivedi

Shooting Location







R. Balki

Distributed by

Sony Pictures Entertainment

story by

Twinkle Khanna


P.C. Sreeram


FBO Critics Review

Dev Meher

RadhikaApte, who was the raison d`etre behind the Mountain Man once, is the darling of our Pad Man here. At the outset, let me spell it out: The film is a cure for those who were devastated by Padmaavat. SwaraBhaskar and most of you will find a more agreeable vagina matter here!

The first shot of the film is the Pheras being taken by Laxmi (Akshay Kumar) and Gayatri (RadhikaApte). In a strange way (just as all social stories are personal when studied), the narrative is a love story. Rest of it is just happenstance.

Hard Fact the film takes up: 44 Crore Indian women still do not use sanitary pads during their menstrual cycle. That is 88 p.c. of Indian women. They use ash, rags, loins, leafs, whatever they can find. Reason: They are too expensive to afford for them.

In the film, Laxmi’s wife refused to use the sanitary pad because if all the women in the house started using them, they would have to cut household their milk budget. This hits him like a bolt.

Although we get to see nothing of his childhood or teenage because the film avoids flashbacks, the portrait of Laximi’s personality is well-drawn. He is a restless rebel of the persistent kind. Laxmi, based on real life Pad Man ArunachalamMuruganantham from Tamil Nadu is an accidental activist.He is just a man who love his wife. When he sees his new bride using a dirty rag during her periods, he flips. He sets out on a mission of his own – to make sanitary pads.

The characters are flesh and blood. Laxmi, being a mechanic who works with weights, tries to understand the sanitary pad first by weight. He conducts tests on himself. He pursues medical college students. As he says, he risks his own and family’s reputation, leaves the village, gets a divorce letter and puts 90,000 Rupees of loan to make a ‘Cheap Machine’ for Pads.

The story of a social crusader has never this real in Mainstream Bollywood. There is less pretense and more nuance, more substance and less hammer. And, There are beautiful directorial flourishes.The love triangle has a delightful closure. The light-hearted vivacity of the protagonist sets the tone for the entire film. This is Balki’s one of the best, right around CheeniKum, I would say.

The script is superbly crafted and the film, artistically shot.Editing by Chandan Arora is taut.

I have a problem with the music. It is loud at times but the bigger problem is the ubiquity of background score. At times, it feels like a Soap-Opera, trying hard to move you. Also, there are the usual village tropes where the costume of the crown and the ensemble, the dialogues are all done in a template. But Pad Man works spectacularly well where performances are concerned. This is Akshay Kumar’s most nuanced performance till date. RadhikaApte’s smile is so bright and innocent that I cannot imagine having invested as profoundly without her.

Pad Man tugs. It buffets you out of sleeps. It is also a cure for people who are indifferent about social maladies that afflict us as a nation. But it also is comforting to see the innovation (not just jugaad) to overcome them. Because people, the vast mass of them, are the weakness and equally the strength of the nation. When Amitabh Bachchan (Can Balki do without him?) makes a very special appearance and speaks of India as a nation of a billion minds than a billion people, it makes you proud.

The most beautiful thing about Pad Man is it is trying to tell a story in a simple, unassuming fashion. This R. Balki directorial deserves a shout out for its inspired casting. Perfection, I should say. If you are still thinking whether to watch it or not, lets jus book the ticket. Should we?

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Site: Twitter     Review By- Taran Adarsh

OneWordReview... #PadMan: WINNER. Realistic. Inspiring. Engaging. Deeply moving... A big THUMBS UP.PadMan mesmerises you with the story and storytelling, both... This well-intentioned film enlightens, educates as well as entertains... R Balki, take a bow. This is amongst your best works... Must watch! Akshay is making brave choices as an actor and that’s remarkable. He drives the movie with an impeccable act. #PadMan will stand out in his filmography, for sure... Sonam is charming... Radhika Apte excels... Source : Visit site for more

Site: News18     Review By- :Rajeev Masand

Like Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Akshay’s latest, Pad Man, is about the great lengths a loving husband will go to for the happiness and the health of his wife. Like that film it employs humor to ease the fuss around age-old taboos, and as it turns out, it suffers from the same malaise that crippled Toilet – it’s well intentioned but let down by clunky execution.In the end Pad Man is admirable and has its heart in the right place, but it might have benefitted from a less sermonizing tone. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five. Source : Visit site for more

Site: Khaleej Times     Review By- KRK (Kamaal Rashid Khan)

Bollywood churns out ample films but this one is worth a watch. Keeping aside how it will fare at the Box-Office, Pad Man has definitely got us thinking about the plight of women who cannot afford sanitary napkins. In villages, thousands of women contact deadly diseases during menstruation but are unable to afford and unaware of the benefits of using pads. This film must be appreciated. Therefore you all go and watch it. Source : Visit site for more

Site: GulfNews     Review By- Manjusha

Pad Man doesn’t have a cynical bone in its spine. It’s stimulating and uplifting without ever being unnecessarily soupy or overtly propaganda-driven. Director R Balki should take a bow for not making Pad Man weepy or didactic. It isn’t unnecessarily coercive, We knew what they were doing, but we still went with the flow. Perhaps, that is one of Pad Man’s biggest strengths. It’s easy to overlook the film’s flaws because it urges you to look at the bigger picture. Source : Visit site for more

Site: Times Of India     Review By- Renuka

Pad Man often seems like a Public Service Advertisement parading as a commercial film. In order to appeal to the lowest common denominator, things are over-explained and all of this results in a sluggish progression of events. However, given how awkward women are made to feel even today while buying sanitary pads from a medical store, this social drama makes for an important film that needs to be watched.Known for making films that work towards bridging the age and gender gap, Balki`s Padman is an empowering film that gives you the wings, despite the odds. It will free women of their inhibitions and that will be its biggest success. Period! Source : Visit site for more

Site: Bollywood Hungama     Review By- Hungama

It is worth mentioning here that Akshay Kumar manages to maintain perfect gravitas as a feminist icon who is emotional and passionate about his cause. It is indeed applause-worthy for him to take a taboo topic (after TOILET: EK PREM KATHA) and make a commercial film out of it, without letting it get too preachy for its own good on the whole, PAD MAN is a brave and an inspirational attempt at creating a commercial cinema out of a taboo topic. The movie scores high on content as well as emotions. At the box office, Akshay Kumar’s mass appeal will surely help to pull in the audiences. It has the potential to grow steadily at the box-office with the positive word-of-mouth. Period. Source : Visit site for more

Site: Koimoi     Review By- Umesh Punwani

Watch or Not?: Some scenes might make some people a bit uncomfortable but watch this one for every woman in your life Source : Visit site for more

Site: Indian Express     Review By- Subhra Gupta

This is also the film which has to focus on the big male star for obvious reasons. We are left with the man of the movie, and the reason why this film has been made. Akshay gets fully into the role while trying to get in touch with the ‘feminine’ inside of him, with some nice strokes: he is the film, in a sense, and he is both earnest and likable enough, even if we wish his women looked his age. And, even more crucially, that PadMan paid as much attention to its medium as its message. Source : Visit site for more

Site: Hindustan Times     Review By- Sweta

A young girl teases her brother when he wants to romance his wife, but runs away horrified when she sees a sanitary napkin in his hands. A loving but naive wife is scandalized as her husband “obsessed with women’s problems”. It is moments like these that make Akshay Kumar’s PadMan elevating, without being didactic. R Balki’s much-hyped film is based on the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. Despite being peppered with melodrama and some unnecessarily stretched scenes, the entertaining PadMan delivers a robust message -- the importance of women’s menstrual health Source : Visit site for more

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Schedule   Collection Amount (in crores)  
Opening day 10.26
End of opening week 40.05
End of week 1 62.87
End of week 2 13.78
End of week 3 3.5
Lifetime 81

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