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Padman: Akshay kumar is a superhero without cape


The long awaited Akshay Kumar starrer Padman finally released and to put it simply, the wait was worth it. R Balki has beautifully used all his actors to portray the struggles of women during menstruation. One man Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) who realizes and acts to bring the change becomes Padman.  Discussing female menstrual health and troubles are taboo in India but Balki slays it with apt wit timing in an otherwise socially oriented and informative movie. Now we have a capeless Super hero… Akshay Kumar hailed by all as Padman.


Lakshmikant is troubled when he notices how his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) suffers during her menstruation. He cringes over thoughts of her using dirty rags to keep herself dry of menstrual blood. Where Gayatri ignores his suggestions to use sanitary pads citing cost issues, Lakshmikant is moved. With this as the background he heads to develop a low cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine. How taboo and less discussed is the topic of female personal hygiene is expressed so beautifully by Radhika and other villagers. Lakshmi’s efforts bring him nothing but flak from his fellow villagers.


His journey is supported by Sonam kapoor, an educated South Delhi girl who helps Lakshmi in financing and marketing developments for his low cost pad manufacturing technology. The devide of facilities between Sonam and Radhika is evident and promulgated repeatedly throughout the movie. It sometimes indulges into too much of explanation or everything where just a foray into the trouble could have done better for the movie. Post interval the movie picks up much better and gives us the capeless hero “PADMAN”

The actors have done a wonderful job and in no manner provide a documentary experience. R Balki successfully pictures the social drama into a entertaining movie which should be seen by all.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It is a must watch.

Cheers to Akshay Kumar, R Balki and Padman Team.

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