Pad Man

2018 [HINDI]

Action / Biography / Comedy / Drama

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Sonam Kapoor as Pari Walia
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Radhika Apte as Gayatri
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Akshay Kumar as Lakshmikant Chauhan
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Amitabh Bachchan as Himself
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Reviewed by nairtejas9 / 10

Long Review: Padman

There's a montage sometime in the first hour where the central character approaches women from different walks of life but finds it difficult to convince even one of them to try out his indigenous product. Reason? The touchy subject. Padman aspires to break this stigma associated with the subject of menstrual hygiene. From a delivery point of view, it is roaring succes.

Akshay Kumar plays Lakshmi, a simple, uneducated man living with his mother, two sisters, and newly-wedded wife, Gayatri. A bit of an oddball in his thought processes, he makes it his life goal to produce low-cost sanitary napkins when he learns about the hard-up conditions that Gayatri and the women around him including his sisters, who have recently hit puberty live in, when it comes to menstruation. The religious aspect of the issue - where menstruating women are supposed to isolate themselves and live outside the house during the cycle (mostly in rural India) because they are considered impure - also bothers him, which is why Padman looks like it has been written with a complete contemplation of the issue. And, for a person, who has been exposed to high-octane, mindless Bollywood potboilers, this can come as a surprise.

Padman, therefore, is a critique of our times when a technically developed country like India that aspires to be digital-ready struggles with something as crucial and necessary as menstrual sanitation. Lakshmi's attempts to educate the people around him and fight the stigma that is stuck like the plague is much more important than to invent a low-cost napkin that is both efficient and cheap. Despite being a little bit successful in the latter department, Lakshmi continuously struggles to remove the preconceptions about menstruation that people have and which they are not ready to talk about. This hesitance to converse about an issue that is tied to a woman's innate health is alarming, and Padman tries to preach about that. Of course, it's a preach, but a social film cannot do without it if it intends to send the point across. Considering that director R Balki is targeting rural India with this film, I am personally content and confident that it will tick.

It is because of not just the construction of the sanitary pad but also the construction of the screenplay that this works. Padman excels in all departments, also giving intermediate knowledge about napkins if people don't know about it already. A well-written plot that reminds us of Shree Narayan Singh's 2017 hit drama on a similar social issue, 'Toilet - Ek Prem Katha', also starring Kumar, it moves ahead without hitting a bump. Of course, there are sequences that are sometimes cringe-worthy and sometimes impossible, but director Balki has evidently taken a lot of cinematic liberty, which is mandatory for a film that captures the entire essence of a social predicament such as this. The fact that Padman is based on the real-life story of the Indian inventor, Arunachalam Muruganantham, would make the viewer more confident and supportive of the structure. It's well-written, has good amounts of humour and drama, if not melodrama, and hits the right notes with its messages. With a score that supports the inspirational message, Padman must be viewed on the big screen and be marketed through word of mouth as it demands greater viewership.

Akshay Kumar is phenomenal and looks like he came directly out of the aforementioned film's sets. He carries the whole film on his shoulders and never once shows an inkling of restfulness. If there is a character that I feel an actor has done complete justice to in any film in the past few months, it'd be that of Lakshmi. Equally enchanting is the supremely talented Radhika Apte's performance who seems to be made just for the role of the village wife, something that we previously saw her do in Kabali (2016),and Parched (2015) and Manjhi: The Mountain Man (2015) before that. There's not a single dull moment in Padman, thanks to the performances of the lad and the supporting cast. Sonam Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan grace the screen for some time and do a decent job, but it is the supporting actors that make the whole broth tastier.

Similar to how we last saw in R S Prasanna's Shubh Mangal Savdhan (2017),another highlight of Padman is in its dialogues and general writing. Talking about a touchy subject like menstruation is already an exercise, but to make an entire feature film about it, without hitting the awkward and/or obscene point even once, is something of a marvel. Director-writer Balki and co-writer Swanand Kirkire need to be appreciated for the sensitivity that is visible throughout the film, which could have been turned into a vulgar mess had it been executed by some of the more energetic yesteryear Bollywood filmmakers. Padman excels for a lot of reasons, but tailoring it for a conservative audience is one of the major ones.

Padman is refreshing because it serves several things on a single plate and yet manages to not overload it. Lakshmi's relentless attitude towards innovation makes this film much more than something about a social cause. Although India is known as the innovators' world, we hardly see such immaculate representation of the same on the silver screen. I don't care much more for the promotional angle of this film, courtesy the current ruling government in India, but as something that is important to mankind, Padman does deserve applause for its pure concoction and filmmaking brilliance. There couldn't be a better time to release this film that even has shades of chivalry (which, spare me the rolling eye, is no longer dead),feminism, and women empowerment. Lakshmi's dream must have taken him to a lot of places, but his underlying thought to not commercialize his invention and instead work for the greater good is something that makes Padman much more effective and deserving of attention.

There's a good chance that if one can relate to the subject, tears are going to make a guest appearance at least once in the 140-minute running time. But, even if that does not happen, it will touch your heart through its warm characterization, entrepreneurship, and the sheer ability to pump your beat up. Padman is perhaps R Balki's best film so far, something that I would even go as far as to list in Kumar's filmography as well. TN.

Reviewed by boblipton6 / 10


Because of my essentially random scheduling in the matter, I see about half a dozen new Indian films a year, mostly comedies of some sort. Given such a small sample, it's a stretch to draw conclusions, but a bunch concern themselves with the problems of village life, and with the problems faced by women in a conservative society.

Today's was PAD MAN, a fictionalized story based on Arunachalam Muruganatham, a man who, worried about his wife using dirty rags for her menstrual flow, and shocked at the high cost of sanitary menstrual pads, worked out a method of producing them for less than 5% of their store price, and creating a sales industry for women in the process -- and convincing everyone in his village, including his family, that he is an insane pervert.

Although I thought that at almost two and a half hours, it was getting a bit draggy towards the end, the movie offered its characters in an intelligent and light-hearted manner. Akshay Kumar, as the lead, is an bright, admirable lunk, able to switch from serious to romantic to clown and remain the same character.

Reviewed by namashi_16 / 10

Heartfelt & Well-Acted!

R. Balki's 'Pad Man' is a heartfelt film, that is based on the true-story on Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, who introduced low-cost sanitary pads for the betterment of woman. A noble true-story of a real-life hero, 'Pad Man' never soars as its Hero, but at least it has its heart at the right place & the performances are undeniably impressive.

'Pad Man' Synopsis: Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menses, Lakshmikant (Akshay Kumar, in good form) sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.

'Pad Man' has a slow first-hour, where Lakshmikant faces objection, rebellion & humiliation, despite his noble idea of helping woman during their 5-day monthly periods. Considering this true-story is set in a rural town, the backlashes to the sensible & concerned Hero aren't very surprising. Even he makes perfect sense, nobody, including his wife (Radhika Apte, terrific),take his side. Its this hour of 'Pad Man' that wobbles, offering some moments that stand-out, but overall come across as repettive & slow-moving. The second-hour is engaging & offers wonderful moments in good portions. The arrival of the film's second leading-lady (Sonam Kapoor, warm & nice) & her understanding of Lakshmikant's obsession of making the pads & making sure they reach to as many as possible, brings the film the much needed pace. And when Lakshmikant does triumph, its hard not to be moved. And there's no denying that 'Pad man' is a sincere story, made with honesty.

R. Balki & Swanand Kirkire's Screenplay, which is based on Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, offers heart. Its never solid enough to hold your attention all through, but its honesty is on-point. R. Balki's Direction is uncomplicated. He's made a simple film. Cinematography & Editing are decent. Amit Trivedi's Score has a few winning tracks.

Performance-Wise: Akshay Kumar scores as Lakshmikant. As the Pad Man, Akshay portrays the simpleton with pure emotion. The actor particularly excels in the emotional scenes, where he genuinely touches your heart. Also, his speech at the United Nations, is sweet. Radhika Apte, as his long-suffering & innocent wife, is superb. The actress is in top-form, delivering an entirely realized performance from start to end. Sonam Kapoor is very likable. Amitabh Bachchan's cameo is alright.

On the whole, 'Pad Man' isn't perfect, but it isn't without its share of merits either.

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