Another taboo subject .This time it's menstruation ( a biological process in a woman's body to pass through bad blood on a monthly basis).What are ...read more
Another taboo subject .This time it's menstruation ( a biological process in a woman's body to pass through bad blood on a monthly basis).What are it's effects? The woman gets depressed during the periods.Feels a sense of guilt.Unhygienic protection may lead to health issues .Stays away from her kitchen duties and participation in social gatherings.Absenteeism from education and work place.
Statistically speaking 50 percent are women.Asence of 5 days each month results in a loss of two month's in working span in a year.Also since only 5percent of women use sanitary napkins ,there's a huge market to be tapped.
Padman focuses on the social and economic issues resultant from menstruation.A man ( Lakshmi Kant Chauhan aka Akshay Kumar) plays the crusader in this women's cause.
What are the consequences? Laksmikant and her spouse Gayatri( Radhika Apte) are made to seperate by the diktats of a Khap panchayat.A telephone call from Gayatri at the nick of time saves their marriage from drawing Lashmikant towards an urbane socialite in Sonam Kapoor.
The outstanding shades ? The theme is socially relevant.Local low cost production of sanitary napkins is the need of the hour.It's door to door sale through the beneficiaries themselves generates employment.One must shun superstitions and instead empower women.Productivity increases ith the use of high quality pads.
The spoken words are easily understood by the viewers.Presentation of the screenplay is simple and less awkward.Akshay Kumar has shone in his character of an illiterate but an obsessive crusading role despite being ridiculed and misunderstood throughout.
The scene stealers - Akshay gifting a set of sanitary napkins to his married sister and a girl in her puberty; his speech at an UN forum to honour his achievements ,the scratching of a cardboard sheet by a dog and Sonam's withdrawing her grip from Akshay's hand when Gayatri calls Akshay.
The box office success of Padman depends at the extent to which women audience get drawn to watch the movie through word of mouth publicity?
Padman could be in contention for awards.It needs a tax exemption so that it's message reaches the desired segment. less
AKSAY KUMAR DONE FANTASTIC WORK, AS HE ALWAYS DONE, VERY NICE MOVIE..... RADHIKA ALSO VERY GENUINE AND REAL WITH HER ROLE, , IN SHORT VERY COMFOR...read more
AKSAY KUMAR DONE FANTASTIC WORK, AS HE ALWAYS DONE, VERY NICE MOVIE..... RADHIKA ALSO VERY GENUINE AND REAL WITH HER ROLE, ,
IN SHORT VERY COMFORTABLE MOVEI TO WATCH WITH OUR FAMILY... less
Consider the following words for menstruation in different languages:Hindi : MahavariBengali: Shorir kharaap hoychey -Gujrati: Door besvanu, arkay...read more
Consider the following words for menstruation in different languages:
Hindi : Mahavari
Bengali: Shorir kharaap hoychey -
Gujrati: Door besvanu, arkayeli - sit far away or touched
Marathi : Adchan aali
Oriya: chhooan - do not touch
Tamil Dooram meaning far
Telegu; era batta. Red cloth
All the words associated with periods have a connotation of impurity and being dirty. Such are the taboos associated with menstruation, a natural phenomenon.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna as producer take on this taboo subject by giving us the story of the real-life Padman - Padmashri award winner Arunachalam Muruganantham. He saw his wife and sisters using dirty cloth during their periods and decided to offer them a cleaner alternative. They didn't even want to discuss it with him.
In India, the movie informs us, only 12% of women use pads during their periods. The rest use hay, ash, soil and used cloth. This leads to infections and illnesses.
The movie starts off in a bit of a documentary fashion where a few of the basic facts are quickly laid out before us, on the taboos surrounding periods, the material women use etc. You wonder if it is a government sponsored docudrama. However, the movie hits its stride soon after that as it gets into the difficulties Laxmi, the fictional Padman encounters in achieving his dream of making periods an easier and more hygienic experience for women.
Then on it is a gripping story. Laxmi finds help from an urban woman Pari who helps him to reach out to women in rural areas and increase usage of his cheap pads. We also see how it leads to the formation of an entire industry run for women and by women where they manufacture the pads as well as sell them, all at a cost of only Rs 2 per pad.
Needless to say, the story is inspiring. For a man to take on a subject like this and soldier on in spite of ridicule is to show dedication and commitment to his dream.
There is a romantic angle that develops between Pari and Laxmi which of course ends when she realises he will always be with his wife. But it adds an interesting extra layer to the story.
Akshay Kumar yet again does a similar role to the one he had done in Toilet, only that he takes it one step further. By actually putting on a pad and letting it absorb blood out of a bag, he shows some guts. I don't know how many people would have done this. There is a dialogue in the movie that says you can only enjoy being a man when you experience being a woman. He does this and wins me over.
Radhika Apte does a decent job as a conventional woman who cannot understand what her husband is up to and feels compelled to not support him as she feels ashamed of his interest in the intimate details of a woman's life.
Sonam as Pari, the educated modern woman who takes his idea to fruition also does a good job though I would have liked to see a scene where she, an urban woman manages to convince a rural woman to use the pads.
We see an interesting ritual that celebrates the occasion when a woman achieves puberty. But the sad part is that it all goes downhill from there for women. Much like a wedding where the woman is queen for the day then has to live a life where she has very little say in the way her life is ordered.
Padman's belief that women need to take control of their own lives and bodies may not strike urban women as revolutionary but for women in rural areas with no access to affordable hygiene, this is indeed an idea that gives them their freedom and the ability to live a disease -free life.
The cinema was full of men watching the movie and that in itself is a good thing. Change can happen in small doses and if the dose is entertaining its worth your time. Period. less
Padman is an epic effort as a movie and also that it is driven on an actor who was once called a piece of wood by critics . It has been a trend tha...read more
Padman is an epic effort as a movie and also that it is driven on an actor who was once called a piece of wood by critics . It has been a trend that Akshay keeps improving with each of his movies but in this movie he has taken one giant leap from his last outing. He has played Lakshmikant Chauhan with such range of emotion ,grit and sincerity that you just want to stand an applaud how one man has only improved himself with such determination.
Even if you keep the epic act from Akshay aside , which I can tell you is a humongous task after having watched the movie because Akshay will hover around your brain for at least a couple of hours even after you have come out of the theatre - PADMAN is one of our best movie in the last five years on issues that plague our women
All credit to R Balki to show how women are brought up with a psyche where they are uncomfortable about something as natural as menstruation. How a caring husband is concerned about the health and safe being of his wife when she is using dirty cloth during such time and how he is treated as a demon by the society. How his silent determination grows to the level of a passion where he is even perceived as a mad man. He comes out a winner by sheer grit and some unexpected help from a MBA student played by Sonam Kapoor. Padman is a saga and to the credit of R Balki never does once he let you lose sight of the story unfolding in front of you.
Like all master story tellers he mixes humour, drama moments, unexpected twists to keep us engaged in the story. The meeting point between Pari (Sonam) and Lakshmikant (Akshay) is an example of how R Balki has turned a real life story into a very engaging watchable movie. Moments like such make a movie a super watch the first time and then you want to watch the movie again and again only because of such creative artisty. In fact the bursts of laughter in the theatre for the humour was no less than the ones you hear in a David Dhawan or a Rohit Shetty movie -
Balki is that brilliant in using humour.
Padman has like most Balki movies some great songs , particularly the movie opening Aaj seTeri which establishes the sensitivity of Lakshmikant and how much he cares for his wife.
The greatest point of PADMAN of course is that it is a movie which brims with positivity and hope. It is a story which is inspiring and tells every human that nothing can negate or stand in your way once you are willing to move forward in life. In his last speech at the UNO Lakshimkant makes an epic inspirational moment for all sitting in the audience. In fact the director keeps sending such positive message through moments in the movie , like Amitabh's short but bright speech as himself in the movie.
Padman is for those who care for good cinema and believe in the positivity of life. Do not miss it. Bollywood has sent in a huge apology for the largely drab January with this one movie to all of us. less