In a country where menstruation is a taboo, the movie ‘Pad Man’ is a wonder.
Pad Man is an upcoming revolutionary comedy-drama film, slated to hit the screens on February 9th. The film is written and directed by R. Balki with Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles. The movie is inspired by the life and contributions of inventor and social entrepreneur from Tamil Nadu, Arunachalam Muruganantham.
A Superhero movie?
All hail Pad Man! Let’s all ditch our superhero crushes for a moment and applaud Pad Man. The character deals with a problem that is very real and current in India.
Akshay Kumar is shown as a realistic superhero who is piqued with the unhygienic traditional practices and lack of affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village, a rather disappointing plight of women in many parts of the country. He plays the role of a social entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented low-cost sanitary napkins for women who do not have access to modern hygiene products, helping millions of women in distress. If this is not a good-enough plot, what is?
De-sensitizing the idea of menstruation
Periods. Sanitary Napkins. Menstruation.
We Indians have sensitized these words so much that we fail to acknowledge or act on the troubles faced by women across the nation. What better than a Bollywood movie, directed by an ace director with an all-star cast can spread awareness about this growing disaster? Here’s a movie that aims to handle a sensitive subject that most Indians do not care to talk about. Every one of us must watch the movie to contribute in de-stigmatizing the idea of menstruation.
Casting done right
The lead cast has a thing for socially relevant films. The A-list actor’s movie, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, not only fared well at the box office but was also well received by audience and critics alike. Akshay Kumar is once again at it, by starring in a well-made social flick. The Khiladi of Bollywood is supported by Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte. While Radhika Apte has proved her prowess in Bollywood, Sonam’s ‘Neerja’ gained her National Award.
A Balki’s Biopic
What can you expect from a man who has not once failed to impress us with his body of works? His list includes, ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Paa’, ‘English Vinglish’, ‘Ki & Ka’, ‘Shamitabh’ and ‘Dear Zindagi’. The story of Arunachalam has impressed him so much that he had to make a movie about him, although he has reportedly said that he never wanted to take a biopic. He has carefully weaved the movie keeping in mind the all-star cast and the sensitive nature of the plot.
Amitabh Bachchan’s cameo appearance
The plot has us all hooked. We also get to see the Big B of Bollywood in a cameo appearance in Pad Man. Book your tickets and watch the movie on the big screen.