The man behind Padman

The man behind Padman

The man behind Padman

When other women in the village baulked at his requests to try his products he started testing them on himself, using a football bladder and animal blood.

Petrified of Gayatri falling victim to unhygienic menstrual practices, Lakshmi decides to challenge the age-old beliefs pertaining to periods and tries to make low-priced sanitary napkins for his wife. Even Hollywood hasn't made a film on such a topic.

When the villagers discover what Lakshmi is upto, they misunderstand his noble intention and dub him a madman.


Mr Arunachalam Muruganantham is nicknamed India's "menstrual man" for transforming the lives of poor women forced to use items like old rags, sand and leaves during their periods.

PadMan is based on a short story in Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad and is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, who invented a low-priced sanitary pad manufacturing machine to bring a menstrual hygiene revolution for women.

The film, which features scenes filmed in NY, came from a short story Khanna wrote in her book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. It is billed as the most progressive family entertainer yet, starring global megastar Akshay Kumar (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) who assumes the titular role of Arunachalam Muruganantham to once again showcase his commitment to social entertainers. But with Iulia stating that Bollywood is not her priority anymore despite having done an item number in a film earlier, the makers have now finalised "Bigg Boss 10" contestant Mouni Roy in the film. The sluggish pace also dampens your interest a bit.

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Hindustan Times: PadMan begins on slow note and drags on for some time before picking up pace.

Akshay Kumar's recent release Padman has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2018. Foremost, you've got to credit the filmmakers for a pretty fine job with a percussion-heavy background score, dramatising the making of jugaadu sanitary pads, for God's sake!

Muruganantham was mocked and ostracised by fellow villagers, and his wife even left him for a while, but he remained undeterred and intensified his search. He is a doting husband, who does not like to see his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) struggling. However, her character stumbles at a few places with its unnecessary melodramatic tone.

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Padman also gives you the neat little bonus of balancing out Kumar with a surprise Sonam Kapoor. From the very beginning she's been totally involved in all aspects. The movie starts with giving honour to Amitabh Bachchan.

A school dropout from a poor family in southern India's Tamil Nadu, Arunachalam Muruganantham is an unlikely advocate for women's menstrual health.

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