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I Never Wanted To Do A Biopic But Subject Was Great: R Balki On Directing PadMan

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| January 2 , 2018 , 16:59 IST

Akshay Kumar's upcoming film based on the life of India's 'menstrual man' Arunachalam Muruganantham is an inspiring story that will address the social evil of menstrual hygiene, still existing in rural India. Despite his will to stay away from biopics, the fascinating life story of the revolutionary social activist motivated R Balki to take up the project.

The acclaimed director known for film like 'Cheeni Kum', 'Paa', 'Shamitabh' and 'Ki and Ka' was highly inspired by the Tamil Nadu-based activist who transformed the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine and decided to direct the film based on his life and struggles.

Talking to a News agency, Balki revealed, "I never wanted to do a biopic. I wanted to do my own fictional stories but this subject was great. This guy's life is fascinating. Where will you get to do a mass mainstream film on a subject like sanitary pads? I felt it was a fantastic opportunity, that's why I took it up."

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Casting Akshay Kumar as Arunachalam could have turned fatal if the sensitive issue was not portrayed well to keep the film entertaining. Admitting his fears, R Balki claimed, "We wrote it for Akshay, he is a star but you have to write things keeping in mind the character as well. We had to make sure the sensitive issue should not be lost."

PadMan is not exactly a biopic but a fictionalised account of Muruganantham's life, which will depict the essence of his life story in form of an entertainer. "I have to do justice to his (Muruganantham) life. On screen, his life should be even better than what it was in real life. I have taken very few liberties and Muruganantham knows about it," said the director.

Apart from Akshay, 'Padman' has Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. While Radhika will play Kumar's wife who inspired him to manufacture suitable feminine hygiene products, Sonam will portray a social activist who helped him in the implementation of his goal. The R Balki directorial is slated to hit the theatres on January 26, 2018.