Akshay Kumar is quite known for selecting a different kind of films and playing a different kind of roles recent time. And Pad Man is no different one! Expectations are huge, with respect to the film’s storyline, which is based on a real-life hero. Also, the film was meant to get clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic saga ‘Padmaavat’, but the makers of ‘Pad Man’ decided to shift their film to avoid the same. Now let us see if the film is worth waiting to watch it and will Akshay be again getting success with the choice of his film? Let us see!
As we all know it, the film is based a real-life hero and so is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads. The film revolves around its central character Lakshmikant Chauhan (Akshay Kumar) who lives a happy married life in a village somewhere Madhya Pradesh. The film tells his inspiring journey of spreading awareness about menstruation and breaking taboos related to it in our conservative Indian society. It all begins with when he finds out one day that his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) uses a dirty cotton cloth during her periods due to the lack of sanitary pads. For the love of his wife and her better health, Lakshmikant then makes a cotton pad and encourages his wife to use the same. However, in spite of repeated attempts, he somehow was failing to make a sustainable cotton pad. His continuous pursuit to make that perfect sanitary pad leads his entire family to disown him, until one fine day he successfully convinced the society that menstrual hygiene is a something very important topic that needs to be addressed and tackle rightfully.
Screenplay and Direction:
The first half is filled with a lot of bitter-and-sweet moments between Lakshmikant and his wife, making the story to build-up for the audience. Also, the interval-part is being nicely placed with some good drama attached to it, making the audience more curious to watch the second half. However, during the second half, director Balki slips a little bit, as the film gets too technical where it shows how Lakshmikant is building a pad manufacturing machine right from a scratch. In addition, an association of Sonam’s character in the film with Akshay’s character begins on a bit filmy note. Also, the love angle between them created by the writer-director could have been avoided. Overall, the screenplay is quite appealing and equally entertaining. It sure drops at a few places but sooner or later manages to pick and keep you glued to your seat throughout the film.
Music and Technicalities:
Amit Trivedi’s music is good but not spectacular, whereas background music is decent and goes with the storyline. Dialogues written by Swanand Kirkire and R. Balki are funny and emotional, bringing out a very earthy side of the lead hero. Cinematography work has been done in an excellent manner, whereas the editing treatment could have been tighter.
Akshay Kumar is at his natural best in the garb of a village bumpkin Lakshmi. It is indeed brave for a mainstream Hindi film hero to attempt something like this. It is indeed a worthy applause for him to take a taboo topic and make a commercial film out of it, without making it too preachy for its own good.
Although Sonam Kapoor gets a little focus here but gives one of her finest and honest performance in the film. She, however, tries to deliver the best of what she has, engaging us for the most part. In addition, she is truly an inspiration in real-life and the choice of films she is making these days.
Radhika Apte, Jyoti Subhash, and Mrunmayee Gokhale are brilliant, perfecting their respective performances.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film?
Well, yes it is indeed and worth-watching with your entire family! It is actually a brave attempt by the Pad Man team and an inspiring film for the audience. Despite minor drops during the second half, the film is effectively entertainment throughout, and scores high on content as well as emotions.
Rating: 3.5 Stars