'PadMan' Movie Review: Powerful, Flawed Yet Modest Performances Dominate R Balki's Social Drama

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| February 9 , 2018 , 18:43 IST

Akshay Kumar's Lakshmikant Chauhan has an infectious personality, pure yet apologetic intentions of whom have the capability to win over the viewers. Coming from a rural background, PadMan's protagonist has a mindset and unlike what people expect him to, he isn't afraid of speaking his mind out loud.

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Like most of his creations, R Balki has beautifully conveyed the emotions of his characters in this unconventional directorial. Based on the struggles and life story of India's 'menstrual man' who dreamt of transforming the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India, PadMan presents the worst ordeals of life through ingenuity.

Newly married Lakshmikant Chauhan is an ordinary man with average dreams and ample of love for his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte). However, that changes when he comes across the serious health hazards that women expose themselves to during their monthly visitors by using filthy rags. He goes ahead and buys a pack of sanitary napkins for his new wife, which costs too much for his pocket.

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While his wife is touched by the gesture, she is unable to grasp her husband's needless interest in women's business. It is then his journey of creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine starts. During the excruciating voyage, Lakshmi is ridiculed by his villagers, condemned from the society and stamped as a madman.

The ostracized Lakshmi refuses to back out of his mission and when starts losing hope is joined by the god-sent fairy or Pari Walia (Sonam Kapoor). The talented tabla player who has bid adieu to her career to become an active associate of the rural change agent becomes his support system. As a feminine character, she is able to rope in women to form self-help groups and help PadMan in extending his sphere.

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The compelling biographical portrait of Arunachalam Muruganantham is a pure visual delight. With added melodrama, hard-hitting social message and quirky dialogues PadMan is fascinating. However, the film takes off at a slow pace and many sequences fail to impress the viewers, Twinkle Khanna's first attempt at production is surely worth a watch.