Akshay Kumar's Pad Man not flying at the box-office as expected!

Courtesy of Pad Man

Courtesy of Pad Man

A Bollywood movie about an inventor who created a revolutionary machine that makes cheap sanitary pads hits screens this week, challenging taboos surrounding menstruation in socially conservative India.

Based on the life of Padma Shri Arunachalam Muruganantham, the film begins with Laxmi (the name symbolizing his connect with his feminine side) realizing that his wife Gayatri (Radhika Apte) uses a dirty rag when she's on her period.

Padmaavat actor Ranveer Singh may be one of the last ones to take up Akshay Kumar's Pad Man challenge on social media but makes sure he doesn't go unnoticed. The PadMan challenge is spreading like wildfire on Twitter and Instagram with more and more Bollywood celebs joining in to complete the challenge.

"Menstruation is still a taboo subject in India and a tough subject for a film", he told AFP by phone from his home state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. "Once the script will be in place, we will see that how much my love interest is required in the film and then we will consider Mahie Gill". No one could have done the role better.

Watching Padman's trailer felt like a confirmation of what I had been expecting from this movie ever since I heard about it early a year ago. In fact, first half is sloppy and the film picks up in the second half with a praiseworthy climax. But still his emotions and variations as an actor is quite similar to those of Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet.

Which also means it was only a matter of time before Bollywood, recently acquainted to the power of real-life stories, chose to turn Muruganantham's tale into another weekend blockbuster. Sonam Kapoor is just about average as she is strictly a one tone actress.

Amitabh Bachchan's cameo ( a Balki mandatory) is enjoyable.

Given the unusual subject it was dealing with along with the commendable promotional strategy, PadMan managed to get a good response from the audience. Don't expect it to be a fancy commercial film but is definitely high on emotions.

The Critics at the Times of India have given a rating of 3.5/5 to Padman. While the trailer promises a male saviour superhero in the shape of Padman, it was all just a clever ruse to presumably get the public to watch a factual movie about pads.

She's definitely one of the most independent women I've ever known, living for her morals and standing up for what's right.

Akshay who was in the national capital to promote his movie "Pad Man" based on the real story of Arunachalam Muruganatham along with his wife Twinkle Khanna, said, "I feel like, after the release of this movie, there will be no hesitation in people about this biological cycle".

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