‘Pad Man’, produced by Twinkle Khanna and directed by R. Balki, is a biographical comedy-drama, featuring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in lead roles. This feminist film is based on a bold topic - sanitary napkins and the superstitions that surround its usage. Akshay Kumar, who tries to alleviate the burden of shame that comes from having a period, specially in rural India, has made a good attempt to reach out to the masses through this kind of commercial medium.
The film is based on the biography of Tamil Nadu, social activist and entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created a low-cost sanitary napkin machine, to make affordable napkins available to women of rural areas, who couldn’t afford this ‘luxury’.
Akshay Kumar, born on 9 September, is a Virgo. Being an Earth sign and ruled by Mercury, this is a man who likes to go into details of everything he does. His enthusiasm for removal of social stigmas in life can be rubbed off on the audience, as Akshay shares his concern for menstrual hygiene in this film - a topic that is still considered as a taboo for open discussion in a country like India. It is only a talented and versatile actor like Akshay Kumar, who can pull off satirical comedies like ‘Toilet:Ek Prem Katha’, to bring public awareness about the eradication of open defecation. In the same vein, Akshay will become the next ‘superhero’ of India as the film, Pad Man, will release in January, and maybe manage to educate the unfortunate, misinformed class of people who still resort to absurd practices of managing their menstrual hygiene. Akshay’s sense of humour and the interest he shares with wife Twinkle’s passion for feminist issues, will help in getting the message across to the common people easily.
Sonam Kapoor, born on 9 June, is a versatile and vibrant Gemini. At such a young age, she is outspoken about her views on social stigmas like, LGBT rights while supporting various charities and causes. The plot of this film is something she completely endorses and so has put her heart into making sure this point reaches out to as many people or concerned organisations, as possible. 2018 opens to a wonderful career jump for the talented Gemini. Sonam was last seen in the biographical drama, Neerja(2016). The ruling planet of Gemini, Mercury, which encourages creative expression in the native, opens in the third house in the New year, and brings her talent to the forefront for everyone to see and appreciate.
Pad Man, slated to release on February 9, 2018, has everyone excited, especially after Akshay’s fans have had a look at the trailer of the film. Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with Pad Man to release the movie world-wide, which will be another feather in Akshay and Twinkle’s hat.
If any more justification for the film’s success is required, it can be reinforced by the cameo appearance of the ‘Shahenshah of Bollywood’ himself. Born on 11 October, Amitabh is a Libra and the year 2018, starts well for their career too. Amitabh is R. Balki’s lucky charm.