It is based on the story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham a social activist who introduced low-cost sanitary pads.His struggle with family with the archaic mindset of his village and society and how he fights through with his ambitious goal to introduce hygiene for his wife and sisters which becomes a revolution of hygiene for the world to see.
Actor Akshay Kumar delivers a brilliant acting performance by underplaying his sober shy illiterate villager character perfectly with ease,Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor too give in good performances in the limited time and scope alloted to them,The story and screenplay Co written by Swanand Kirkire and R. Balki is fantastic it keeps you engrossed throughout in the narrative, The movie brings forth the facts about how rural India still considers periods as a taboo and dirty thing and how women aquire diseases due to unhygienic ways used during menstruation, how chums and pads are called “gandi cheez” by his archaic village,And how in a nation of 65,0000000 women only 19% women use pads.The heroic act and sacrifice done by Padman which gets rewarded and recognized is a very endearing scene,Amitabh Bachchan in a very short cameo shines really bright.
The archaic mindset of Padmans wife and his mother sisters and villagers will actually make you feel wonder and disgust that how such a important and regular thing such as menses is taboo and dirty for them and if this really happens in the 21st century.
A valiant effort by R. Balki and Akshay Kumar portraying a strong social message with a little subdued lighthearted comedy.
My Rating 4 of 5 stars