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Padman Review: A film that was “needed” to be made.

  • Shreya Agrawal

    Shreya Agrawal (2,300 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - December 11, 2018 1:24 PM IST
    3.4DM (13294 ratings)
    PadmanWatch trailerRelease date : February 09, 2018

    Based on the real life story of Arunachalam Muruganatham, this R. Balki ticks all boxes right in delivery a much needed menstrual awareness through an inspiring real story.
    Seeing his wife struggling during her menstrual cycle who uses cloth and concerned over the same, Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) urges to replace cloth with disposable sanitary napkins. But his wife and family annoyed over his obsession with female hygiene abandon him and she leaves him. He then sets out on a mission to make cheap sanitary napkins to help the women all over. Will he be able to realize this “unrealistic” dream of his?
    Given the amount of taboo and awkwardness which surround over menstruation, this film is a one which was needed to be made and most importantly, is needed to be watched.
    The film had awareness, education and entertainment going hand in hand. And they almost go well except in some parts where the audience may find it too preachy. But well according to me, the teachings of the film are what makes it very important. The entertainment quotient though with Akshay Kumar’s convincing performance almost never goes down.
    Akshay Kumar with a long list of content driven films behind doesn’t disappoint and gives a noteworthy performance. Radhika Apte in her small town conservative avatar does exceedingly well and reflects the turmoils and emotions of a woman quite aptly. Sonam Kapoor has though short but quite a significant role which she does complete justice to.
    We need to give special mention to the writers who did quite well. Especially, the speech delivered by Akshay at the UN made the audience in the theatre stand up and applause.
    All in all, this R Balki’s directorial brings up a social issue which will surely help shed at least some inhibitions.

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