A film that gives you wings to change things around you despite all odds.
Padman is all about a man who thinks he can change if not the whole world, at least the things around him, especially the ones that are bothering his comely wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte), dear sisters and the whole womanhood. Actually, during their menstrual, they use a piece of cloth and not a sanitary napkin as it is out of their budget. Moreover, no one wants to hear even a word about it and remains a ‘taboo’ subject for all.
Our hero, Akshay Kumar as Lakshmikant Chauhan, understands the health and hygiene factors and decides to invent affordable and quality sanitary napkins despite the massive troubles and humiliation occur once he pledges to chase his determination. Rhea (Sonam) supports this common man’s journey and helps him to take his vision to the next level.
Story and Screenplay
Inspired by a real-life character named Arunachalam Murgunatham, Padman is a tightly written drama with, of course, some flaws including a few unnecessarily lengthy and repetitive scenes. However, the screenplay consists of all that a movie buff looks for; comedy, emotions, drama, and above all a message.
Well-known for his veritable treatment, Balki has presented Padman with all his natural attributes. His care for womanhood in his ambit, the unyielding will, and the fire to bring a change in the society put this (Pad) man in the league of superhumans.
Composed by Amit Trivedi, its music enchants the audience. ‘Aaj Se Teri’ and ‘Hu Ba Hu’ are the most melodious songs of the film and go well with the mood of the film. On the other hand, the title song, ‘Padman’ voiced by Mika, clashes with the ears like a pleasing gust.
Overall, a fine effort by R Balki to enlighten one of the darkest corners of the society and supersedes the fee-faw-fum deeply rooted in the society since a long eon.