Akshay Kumar made Padman a comedy because he didn’t want to make it look like a documentary
Padmanmovie is dedicated to Arunachalam Muruganantham, the real Pad Man of India. Born in 1962 to a family of handloom weavers, he went on to use his weaving skills to make the most cost effective sanitary pads for women. As a social entrepreneur and inventor, he went to institutions of higher learning and gave lectures on his invention.
Inspiration for the movie
Akshay Kumar has left his action hero image far behind to take up social issues like he did in Toilet Ek Prem Katha. In TEPK, he promoted toilet for women through his comic style. In Padman, he’s taking the issue of mensural hygiene for women. Women in rural India use filthy rags and papers during mensuration. It is unhygienic but they’re forced to clean their bodies with cloth and paper because they can’t afford expensive sanitary pads sold by big brands.
Arunachalam Muruganantham invented a machine that makes quality sanitary pads at a very affordable price. Akshay Kumar is playing Arunachalam Muruganantham in the movie. His name is Lakshmikant Chauhan and the movie is a comedy drama.
Why it is made a comedy drama?
Akshay Kumar has make an image of an all-rounder who can do action, drama, emotion and also comedy. And it is only Akshay Kumar that can narrate a serious issue in light comedy. Mensural hygiene among rural women is a topic for debate but it is only Arunachalam Muruganantham that came out with a solution and Akshay Kumar decided to take his product to the masses through his comic style.
R. Balki not willing to make a biopic
Padman director R Balki surprised the media with his opinion that he never wanted to make a biopic but he agreed to make Padman after going thrugh the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. Impressed by all the pain and suffering he went through to produce a quality sanitary pad for rural women, R Balki decided to make the biopic.
Padman First Look & Poster
The poster has PADMAN written in white and blue. The first three letters are in white and last three are in blue. Akshay Kumar is seen riding a bicycle with a grocery bag hanging from the handle. He is entering into a grand entrance of a temple like building andhe has both his hands up in joy.Akshay Kumar is the only actor on the poster.
Why watch the movie?
It is an inspirational story that will interest many. Also it is a family drama with light comedy at the heart. Akshay Kumar is hero of the movie and it is also a reason for watching the movie. Akshay has a large fan base and his fans would certainly throng the theaters to see their favorite actor.
• Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar will be seen together after 12 years
• Debut film of Twinkle Khanna as a producer
• R Balki working with Akshay Kumar first time
• Based on the real life of a social entrepreneur
Directed – R. Balki
Produced – Sobhan Soren, Venugopalan ayyo, Vikrant Sharma, Anil Naidu, Banda Randi, Prernaa Arora, Arjun N. Kapoor
Written – R. Balki
Based – Arunachalam Muruganantham
Starring – Adarsh Chakesh, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte