Padman Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s Film Is Watchable For Its Exceptional Subject

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Padman Movie Review: Akshay Kumar’s Film Is Watchable For Its Exceptional Subject

The film was released on February 9, 2018.

Helmed by R Balki and bankrolled by Twinkle Khanna, PadMan is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, who became a household name after inventing low-cost sanitary napkin making machines. The film, that stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles, was to release on January 25, 2018, the same date as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat’s but on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s request, Akshay decided to move his film to February 9, 2018, as to avoid a clash with the controversial film Padmaavat. Speaking of the Bollywood star Akshay Kumar‘s PadMan challenge, it has spurred Bollywood to pose with sanitary pads. The PadMan challenge is spreading like wildfire on Twitter and Instagram with more and more Bollywood celebs joining in to complete the challenge. Here’s what critics have to say about Akshay’s latest film that has hit screens today. ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone And Arjun Kapoor Accept ‘PadMan Challenge’, Pose With Sanitary Pad

Firstpost: Overall, Padman packs in a lot of meat within 2.5 hours but most of it is the concentrated second half whereas the first one stands diluted. Balki’s direction elevates the film almost as much as Kumar’s charged portrayal. It is certainly one of the best in his career so far. An extra hoot to Padman for being the first mainstream film to dare address what has long been stuck between the legs. A small film (Phullu) did try to make its presence felt last year, but Padman has proved to be not only a bigger but a better film.

Deccan Chronicle: PadMan being a love story primarily, Balki cleverly makes his point loud and clear. In fact, first half is sloppy and the film picks up in the second half with a praiseworthy climax. Akshay Kumar is convincing in his act that not even a second you will feel disconnected to his pain. But still his emotions and variations as an actor is quite similar to those of Jolly LLB 2 and Toilet. Radhika Apte is raw, real and true to life. Sonam Kapoor is just about average as she is strictly a one tone actress. Cameo of Amitabh Bachchan is refreshing but mandatory, courtesy Balki. Overall, PadMan is watchable for its exceptional subject. Don’t expect it to be a fancy commercial film but is definitely high on emotions.

Times Now: PadMan has its heart in its right place, and that, along with its subject, is its biggest USP in winning over the viewers. However, the movie needs to have more than just a ‘heart’ and a strong subject; and this is where PadMan, overall, falters. But I would still recommend the movie for its frank discussion on what is regarded as a taboo subject in many parts of our country, told in a very conventional (too conventional, I must say) manner.

Hindustan Times: PadMan begins on slow note and drags on for some time before picking up pace. The characters in the supporting cast seem to be in a race for over-acting – be it Akshay’s onscreen mom or random background characters in every frame, they look like they were simply lifted from a 60s movie. However, the film forces you to look at the big picture.