The latest Bollywood update on the filmy front is that PadMan has hit the screens across the nation. As always, JustInReviews is here with the review of the film for you.
PadMan is basically inspired from the real-life motivational story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the guy who is known to have invented a machine that facilitated the production of an affordable sanitary napkin, and brought about a real-life revolution.
The real-life inspired central character of the film, Lakshmikant Chauhan, mysteriously transforms into a central Indian school dropout in R Balki’s PadMan – purchases a pack of sanitary napkins. It is priced a bomb. His better half, Gayatri (Radhika Apte), is startled. We’ll now need to give up on milk, she claims as she thinks as to why her mechanic-spouse should worry over a ‘woman’s problem’. She swears by the society’s customs and traditions and isolates herself on those specific five days of the month. It is currently the man’s turn to appear askance. Lakshmi, as well, can’t comprehend why sanitary napkins are so costly. Why should the cost of a thing so light be so substantial? (Itni halki cheez ka itna bhaari daam kyun?) he asks the drug store salesperson. He has no answer. So, Lakshmi sets out to gadget a method for producing less expensive napkins to keep a family’s spending plan from going haywire and, obviously, to shield his better half from hurt.
It is the sort of film which needs to center around its huge male star for evident reasons. We are left with the man of the motion picture, and the motivation behind why this film has been made. Akshay gets completely into the part while attempting to connect with the ‘feminine’ side of him, with some decent strokes: he is the film, as it were, and he is both sincere and sufficiently affable, regardless of whether he is in commonplace do-good mode these days, and regardless of whether we wish his ladies appeared to be of his age. What’s more, significantly more crucially, that PadMan gave careful consideration to its medium as its message.
The romantic sub-plot in between the wedded Lakshmi and the considerably more youthful Pari – proposed by the way for an unexpected kiss that the latter offers on the man’s lips and afterwards a tentative snuggle- seems to not work by any means. The constrained emotional pull just serves to lengthen the film by a couple of minutes yet adds no genuine meat to it.
It comes with tonal issues, jumping between reality-ness and level out filmi-ness, since it is attempting to appeal to numerous constituencies in the meantime: a tune to commend the beginning of menstruation cycle of a young lady utilizes the could be called objectionable word ‘nakel’, which implies to be driven by the nose. The melody gives the lastingly tearful Gayatri to swing her abdomen, however accomplishes little else. The coming of perky city young lady Pari (Kapoor) livens up the proceedings, regardless of whether she is utilized to summon an awkward, after-the-thought romantic side. Pari’s character is an invention of the movie producers’ creativity. She enables Lakshmikant to understand his aspirations, addressing the urban women who term their periods as ‘chums’; the ‘seedha-palla’ adorning Gayatri is the representative for the individuals who address it as ‘mahina’ or ‘maahvaari’.
Flaws apart, PadMan is a well intended film that gets strength from Akshay Kumar’s intense performance despite the fact that he isn’t entirely an ideal choice for the part of a simply wedded man. Radhika Apte is, as usual, a show-stealer. She contributes significantly to guaranteeing that the trades amidst the protagonist and his better half don’t evaporate into corniness. Sonam Kapoor, who comes up well in the latter half, capitalizes on the constrained amount of opportunity.
Akshay Kumar is on a regular basis coming up with films having a social message, and that is fine and commendable (Pad Man is produced by his better half Twinkle Khanna, a witty analyst of social mores). His 2017 film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha began discussions around building toilets inside the house.
So, at least this effort from the superstar needs to be appreciated. Way to go AK….!
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