Released Date : Feb 9, 2018
Directed by : R. Balki
Box Office : 52.04 Crores
Genre : comedy-drama
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?
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