The much awaited Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan hit screens today putting eager fans of the star at ease. The movie features Kumar as social entrepreneur and innovator Arunachalam Muruganantham, looking to bring safe and cheap sanitary napkins for women-kind. The narrative stays strong to Kumar’s history of making films with government directives. However, PadMan manages to not be a public service film unlike Toilet Ek Prem Katha.
Also starring Radhika Apte the r Balki directorial shows Apte as Kumar’s wife. She does her usual job as a stellar actress fitting well into the skin of a small town barely educated husband worshipping wife. Sonam Kapoor fills the screen as an MBA grad and social changer while letting Kumar drive the narrative forward post intermission.
Despite the whimsical tonal changes, the film is being called well-crafted with a few glitches by critics.
This is not a groan worthy melodrama or a government-flattering Public Service Announcement or an overt collection of clichés (all descriptions that suit Kumar’s 2017 film Toilet), but instead an intelligent film that pays attention to detail.-- NDTV
PadMan is as worthy, but it isn’t a particularly enjoyable film. It has tonal problems, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time.-- Indian Express
Knowing that this is the biopic of a real person who has been changed from Tamilian to north Indian in the script so that a north Indian megastar could play the part makes Padman an example of so much that is wrong with north Indian cinema and our society as a whole.-- First Post
Having learnt about Akshay's method of skimming through a script, where he marks out a few key scenes, while naturally breezing through most of his films - you have to check him out in that bitter-sweet moment where someone finally tries on his character's innovative pad, for the first time, and gives it a thumbs up! -- Mid Day