Padman


Finally, the much talked about film and least talked about topic ‘Padman’ starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor saw the light of the day on Friday.  It will be more apt to term ‘Padman’ a movement, a mission to educate girls, women the importance of menstrual hygiene. And at the same time the film ends the coyness and brings the issue of menstrual hygiene and sanitary pad which is of vital importance for females in the public forum to discuss without any reluctance.

‘Padman’ directed by R Balki is engrossing. From the first to the last scene, there is no any dull moment. Every scene is engrossing. ‘Padman’ is a well promoted film, a very vital issue said in a very honest way. In other words, it celebrates womanhood. Using clothes during periods are unhygienic which is quite relevant in India still today. Survey says the percentage of using sanitary napkins during periods is very less which is a great threat to women’s health. ‘Padman’ is a sincere effort towards changing the mindset of the society.

As all know ‘Padman’s is inspired from a real-life personality Arunachalam Muruganantham, from Coimbatore who took the initiate to produce low-cost sanitary napkins so that every class of women can afford it. Akshay Kumar steps into the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham. Radhika Apte plays his wife while Sonam Kapoor plays the role of a teacher.

The film begins with Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) getting married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte) in a village. Lakshmikant was a caring and loving husband who takes care of every small discomfort of his wife. One day when Lakshmikant saw his wife using dirty clothes during periods, he resisted her and asked her to use clean clothes. Gayatri refuses to use clean clothes and stick to the age-old traditions. It hurt Lakshmi deeply and he gets branded sanitary pad for Gayatri which she immediately rejected for being expensive.

Deeply moved by Gayatri’s attitude, Lakshmi took an oath to solve the vital issue of the ladies by inventing a machine that would make cheap sanitary pad. Instead of receiving accolades, his noble thought received lashes from family and society. Lakshmi’s morale was boosted by Pari (Sonam Kapoor) who walked hand-in-hand with him from the rural areas to the international U.N. summit.

R.Balki’s direction is as usual top-notch. He squeezed the best from Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor. He talked about the unusual but natural topic with ease. His narration is simple and it directly touches the heart.

Talking about the performances, Akshay Kumar was incredible. He enacted the scenes which feels very odd to showcases on silver screen with full heart and sincerity. His lecture at the U.N. summit is mind-blowing. He is outstanding in the role of Lakshmikant Chauhan.

Radhika Apte was marvellous. Her acting was excellent. She portrayed the role with perfection. She was very natural. Sonam Kapoor was brilliant in the role of Pari.

Amitabh Bachchan felt a mark. Technically, ‘Padman’ is excellent. P.C. Sreeram’s cinematography and Chandan Arora’s editing are top-notch. Amit Trivedi’s music is situational and impactful.

In the nutshell, ‘Padman’ is an excellent watch. Recommended to watch with your family leaving behind the glitches.