Director: R. Balki
Cast: Akhay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte, Amitabh Bachhan (Guest Appearance)
Genre: Social Drama
Synopsis: The movie is based on the inspirational life of Arunachalam Murugantham, the Menstrual Man of India who invented low cost sanitary napkin machine. Akshay Kumar gives a strong performance in the role of Lakshmikant Chauhan (the reel name of Arunachalam) who is ‘obsessed with woman problem’ of his newly married wife Gayatri, played by Radhika Apte. In India, where sanitary napkin is still a luxury, many women use old dirty rag, sand or leaves during their periods. Laxmi was shaken after knowing the reality and this school dropped mechanic started to find a cheap but hygienic solution. During the course, his wife, mother, family and even village abandoned him. The character of Pari Walia, played by Sonam Kapoor took the entry into the narrative and help him getting finance and doing marketing of his product.
- The film deals with a real time problem in India – menstrual hygiene which is still considered as shame
- After Toilet, Ek Prem Gatha, Akshay delivered another gutsy performance delivering social message.
- Balki brought out the taboo, superstition, ridicule and scepticism regarding periods
- Sonam Kapoor did a really commendable job portraying a South Delhi girl
- The entrainment factor of the movie is buried under heavy thought
- You can easily relate to the struggle of Laxmi with Kesav of Toilet Ek Prem Gatha
- During almost 15 years span of the story, the characters’ aging process was stopped miraculously.
- The accent of Akshay Kumar shifting from a villager’s tone to an educated man
Final Judgement: Padman has an applaud-worthy subject but the treatment is not enjoyable. It is a one time watch only.