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Pad Man
Superhero Hai Yeh Pagla

Pad Man

09 Feb, 2018
2 hrs 20 mins
179,758 votes
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Pad Man is a biographical drama based on the life of the Tamil Nadu-based activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, who worked towards providing cost-effective and hygienic sanitary napkins to the women in the rural areas, and features Akshay Kumar playing the lead role while Radhika Apte plays the role of his wife.
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Verdict: An inspiring tale for the ones crazy enough to try and bring a change. After telling us the importance of a toilet, Akshay Kumar is back with another movie with a subject that is shushed away in most households. Inspired by one of the stories of producer Twinkle Khanna's book, The Legend of Lakshmi []... ...Read full review
Many films about relevant, important subjects are not actually good movies. R Balki`s PadMan, which features an extraordinary true-life story brought to the screen featuring Akshay Kumar is both a strong film and one that needs to be watched. ...Read full review
Concerned about his wife Gayatri`s (Radhika Apte) menstrual hygiene, Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) urges her to ditch the cloth and opt for sanitary napkins. Gayatri is reluctant to go for disposable pads as they are expensive. Lakshmi obsessing over a `ladies problem` makes her cringe but he insists on bringing upon a change by addressing the taboo topic. Subjected to hostility for ruffling the religious and age-old beliefs of people around, can the man brave the resistance and get his point across? ...Read full review
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 scandalised as her husband is obsessed with womens problems. It is moments like these that make Akshay Kumars PadMan elevating, without being didactic. ...Read full review
There has already been an excellent documentary made on Arunnachalam`s life. What director R Balki has done is to make a Bollywood version of the pioneer`s struggles. The first half, which has lots of interaction between Laxmikant (Akshay Kumar) and his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) flows like a breeze. Though he looks twice her size, there is real chemistry between Akshay and Radhika. Their interactions breathes life into the film. ...Read full review
Padman is a story which can be narrated in a single line but the team behind this tries to add every ingredient to make this connect with everyone. Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) is the man who wants to create pads for his wife and family. Being in the middle-class zone, the branded pads comes under the luxury section for Lakshmis family. ...Read full review
One big advantage for PadMan is that its main theme is a good conversation starter in Indian cinema. Rarely are movies made here that revolve around the subject of `chums` and discuss the taboos surrounding them. Last year, we had a movie called Phullu, starring the talented Sharib Hashmi, which also revolved around the same topic and nearly the same story. While Phullu dealt with the plot in a depressing manner, PadMan takes a more light-hearted tone (but not as humorous as the trailers suggest) that will connect more with the mainstream audiences. ...Read full review
Akshay Kumar plays Lakshmikant Chauhan in the movie while Radhika Apte is seen as Gayatrihis doting wife. The plot is set at the backdrop of a village in Madhya Pradesh and we are zoomed into the household where Lakshmi and Gayatri enjoy their new-found marital bliss. ...Read full review
Sanitary napkins and menstruation arent the most likely subjects to make a full-length feature film. But R Balkis Pad Man does the unthinkable and weaves a real-life inspired story that holds your attention for most of its screen time. Laxmi (Akshay Kumar) is a newly married man, who is unable to understand as to why his wife (Radhika Apte) has to sleep outside their bedroom for five days every month. ...Read full review
Akshay Kumar plays one Lakshmikant Chauhan, an uneducated, intuitive innovator of sorts (one wished to see more of his `jugaad` inventions), from Maheshwar - a gorgeous riverside settlement, with the 18th Century Queen Ahilyabai Holkar`s minimalist palace overlooking the Narmada, which I think you must visit, if ever around Indore sometime. The location is used well to prettify the frame here, although one hardly gets a sense of its people, and the patois. ...Read full review
I never imagined I would see a Hindi film in which the hero, played by an A-list star, puts on a sanitary pad and then squats several times to make sure it sits right. So firstly, big applause to Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna for putting their might behind this incredible true story that puts periods and female hygiene in the spotlight. ...Read full review
How do you make a mainstream film with a message about menstrual hygiene? Simple. If youre Akshay Kumar, you stick to the template of your last hit a film with a message about the hazards of open defecation. Like Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Akshays latest, Pad Man, is about the great lengths a loving husband will go to for the happiness and the health of his wife. ...Read full review
Newly-married Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) is head over heels in love with his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte). Their heartfelt chemistry is beautifully explored in the track `Aaj Se Teri` in the beginning. Slowly when Lakshmi discovers about Gayatri`s menstruation, he tries to coax her to stop using dirty rags for her monthly periods and switch to sanitary napkins instead. However, Gayatri expresses her shock over the pads` expense and feels reluctant to use them with the taboo surrounding the natural process. ...Read full review
Akshay Kumar is a man on a mission. Most of his acclaimed work in recent times involves him taking up a cause that`ll enrich society or whip up nationalistic fervour. There`s an obvious enthusiasm in him to play characters taking a morally high ground. And while it is advantageous to spearhead significant subjects, a monotony of earnestness has set in. ...Read full review
Amidst several taboos in the society, menstrual cycle of women being the most unfortunate one, director R Balki makes a brave attempt with the film that talks about personal hygiene of women especially in villages. ...Read full review