Pad Man strikes the right chord both with crit­ics and the au­di­ence

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - n monika.rawal@htlive.com Monika Rawal Kukreja

It deals with the taboo sub­ject of men­strual hy­giene, and yet, the out-and-out fam­ily en­ter­tainer, Pad Man, star­ring Ak­shay Ku­mar has hit the right chord with the au­di­ence. And per­haps that’s the rea­son why R Balki di­rec­to­rial has won huge crit­i­cal ac­claim and is be­ing loved by fans as well.

In­ter­est­ingly, the film — also star­ring Rad­hika Apte and Sonam Kapoor — which was per­ceived to be ‘awk­ward’ for the au­di­ence is be­ing lauded as a fam­ily film. Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mohan is all praise for Balki’s “di­rec­tion” and Ak­shay’s “en­ter­tain­ing por­trayal” of such a sen­si­tive sub­ject. “It en­grosses you and gets emo­tional at some places. While many women would avoid watch­ing the film in the­atres to avoid the awk­ward­ness from the male gen­der, it’s in­ter­est­ing that a lot of fam­i­lies are watch­ing it,” says Mohan, who feels that the film de­serves a tax ex­emp­tion and should be screened in schools and col­leges.

“Even if it deals with a taboo sub­ject, Pad Man is es­sen­tially a love story of Ak­shay and Rad­hika, where the man is so much in love with his wife that he doesn’t want her to suf­fer at all. That is en­dear­ing,” says trade an­a­lyst Amol Mehra.

The film re­leased on Fe­bru­ary 9 and opened to good busi­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to box of­fice fig­ures, the film col­lected ₹10.26 crore and picked up speed on Satur­day mak­ing ₹13.68 crore lead­ing to a to­tal of ₹23.94 crore, at the time of go­ing to press. Trade ex­pert Taran Adarsh feels that the col­lec­tions would only get bet­ter from here. “Con­tent driven and so­cially rel­e­vant films take time to pick up. Even Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha (2016) didn’t start with a bang but did re­ally good busi­ness even­tu­ally,” he says, adding, fam­i­lies come only if con­tent is strong. “Pad Man has proved that dif­fer­ent sto­ries are be­ing nar­rated, and it’s very brave on Ak­shay’s part to have taken up a project that most he­roes wouldn’t.”

PHOTO: HTBS

Ak­shay Ku­mar and Rad­hika Apte in a still from Pad Man

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