Pad Man Review
Akshay Kumar has become a crusader of sorts with picking up stories that are relatable to the common man. After talking about open defecation in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, the superstar chooses a topic that rarely stirs up a conversation. An actor known for his dripping 'machoism' DARES to wear a pink underwear and a sanitary pad to prove a point...here's the time when we can proudly say Bollywood has come a long way! It's Akshay Kumar's Lakshmi's endearing quality and optimistic attitude towards obstacles that make him near and dear to you.
Taking some fabric from Twinkle's book and Muruganantham's life, the filmmaker weaves an intriguing story that's high on emotions and leaves you question the preposterous 'do and don'ts' surrounding around a natural process in a woman's body.
Kudos to Akshay Kumar for taking up a subject that's generally spoken in hush-hush tones fearing the 'stigma' attached to it. To bleed or not to bleed isn't a woman's choice. It's a natural process which makes humankind a possibility and needs to be viewed as a 'moment of empowerment'. PadMan is definitely a 'bravura' step in this revolution despite of its own set of shortcomings.
Balki’s Padman is an empowering film that gives you the wings, despite the odds. It will free women of their inhibitions and that will be its biggest success. Period!
Akshay gets fully into the role while trying to get in touch with the ‘feminine’ side of him, with some nice strokes: he is the film, in a sense, and he is both earnest and likeable enough, even if he is in familiar do-good mode, and even if we wish his women looked his age. And, even more crucially, that PadMan paid as much attention to its medium as its message.