Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Duration: 140 minutes
India Release Date: 08-FEB-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.25 on 5
Upon realizing the extent to which women are affected by their menses, a man sets out to create a sanitary pad machine and to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to the women of rural India.
Directed by R. Blaki, Pad Man is is the biopic of a real-life hero Arunachalam Muruganantham who made a pad-making machine for women to provide them low-cost sanitary napkins. Through Padman, R Balki tells the real life inspiring story of Arunachalam Muruganantham (played by Akshay Kumar), a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore, who invented low cost sanitary napkins in India, despite the massive opposition and humiliation he was subjected to. The director changes the film’s setting to Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, while retaining the core of his courageous story. Apte and Kumar share a wonderful chemistry and their combined acting prowess makes it easy for the viewers to be transported into their rustic world. The first half moves swiftly as we get drawn in Laxmikanth Chauhan’s quest for low-cost sanitary pads and how the villagers around him misunderstand his noble intentions. Its the second half that elevates the film especially Pad Man’s monologue towards the climax as he talks up his cause at the United Nations in New York (which will put a smile on your face). Amit Trivedi’s fast-paced music lends an air of purpose to the film. The cinematography, besides promoting MP tourism, gives a sense of sorcery to Kumar’s pad making process. Sonam has quite a late entry in the narrative, but adds charm to every frame she inhabits. It’s Kumar and Apte’s show all the way as they take one for the women’s team. Pad Man begins on slow note and drags on for some time before picking up pace.
Menstruation is still a taboo subject in India and a tough subject for a film. With many films on social messages these days, Pad Man stands out for its unique subject and story telling. Though padded with feel good moments, sloppy first half and editing (length) of the film makes this PAD MAN just above average PERIOD.
Ratings: 3.25 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3.5 on 5