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'Pad Man' movie review: Watch with your family, it's not awkward

09 February 2018

On Thursday, Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore will be immortalised on the silver screen as Akshay Kumar-starred Pad Man hits the theatres. I liked both what it was trying to say and how it was doing so: it was done with a degree of flair. In last few years Akshay started blending credibility with his commercial cinema and the result of which is a fine film like Padman.

Sanitary napkins and menstruation aren't the most likely subjects to make a full-length feature film.

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Akshay Kumar Radhika apte
Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in PadmanYouTube

Another commendable aspect about the film is the way it deals with the topic of menstrual hygiene so sensitively, because, frankly, it is also us who have learned to treat it that way, even though the process is as natural as the sun rising and setting. Comedian Mallika Dua had earlier criticised the PadMan challenge and remarked while she wholeheartedly supports the film but the PadMan Challenge is just wasting sanitary napkins.

He adds: "I hope this story will initiate the conversation!"

Then Laxmi himself takes the decision of making sanitary pads and soon people start making fun of him seeing his experiments. This man from Coimbatore - Arunachalam Muruganantham - initiates discussions about menstruation and the need for easily available and accessible menstrual hygiene products for all women.

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Muruganantham was inspired to create an low-cost pad after seeing his wife use rags during her monthly cycle, just like 88 per cent of the females in India who do not have access to sanitary products. Why should only women talk about it?

I certainly feel this we will see this continue as we are only just beginning to see the potential these stories have not only to entertain audiences but inspire millions. "There should be awareness on menstrual hygiene among men as well", he said.

In a series of Facebook posts and screenshots of e-mails sent to Ryan Stephen at Dharma Production, Jaiswal alleges that he has not been credited for the film. "He went to the ends of the earth to provide an affordable sanitary pad for his wife to make her life better, more comfortable and disease free, even though the pursuit cost him his matrimony". There have only been documentaries. We want a change and it can only happen when men too are involved.

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Twinkle said women should not use menstruation as an excuse to go on a leave. Radhika Apte's role is mostly one dimensional - as a distraught wife who can not fathom her husband's obsession with a "ladies problem".

"He must have been the only man to know how women felt on their periods", she said. She embodies that character, and brought new energy to the film like a real beacon of change. "It may not be the typical Salman Khan grosser given that people (in India) would still pay to watch something that is purely illogical and entertaining, as compared to something that would have a social message".

Akshay Kumar's newest venture, Pad Man, is a movie based on a man who took it upon himself to make low-priced sanitary napkins after he discovered his wife couldn't afford to buy one due to their high prices. It also drives the conflict, as Lakshmi's obsessions leads to his labelling as a pervert and drives away his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte), the woman he first did this for.

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'Pad Man' movie review: Watch with your family, it's not awkward