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Opinion: New Akshay Kumar Film Padman despite being a nice movie will not work like his previous films.
Akshay Kumar starrer Padman is based on the short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land in Twinkle Khanna’s best selling book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads which is all fine but when I was watching this R. Balki directed movie I had a major Deja Vu feeling, where Akshay Kumar’s character was again dealing with an important issue once he gets married and realizes how difficult it is for the women of the villages of our country to survive, be it the problem of open defecation or not using sanitary pads during menstrual cycle and then his marriage gets into trouble which tempts him to solve the problem by making it a national issue. Yes, the issue is important to discuss but why can’t we work on the screenplay? I am not saying the film is bad, not at all, it is, in fact, a very nice film miles better than the government propaganda one Toilet: Ek Prem Katha or the very unintelligent Rustam but this time Kumar will not get a 125-130 CR Hit because he is not smart enough to give a good gap between similarly plotted films Toilet and Padman. Or else his team would have worked on a different kind of screenplay to unravel the story, unfortunately as I said it is not done. The screenplay of Balki and Swanand Kirkire fails to engage and is good in bits and pieces. Even the performances are very average, Akshay Kumar is a big superstar I agree but he is only a lump sum actor who can perform very nicely in some scenes but can’t be consistent throughout the film and his above-average performance in Padman is clearly saying us that he is overworking.
Sonam Kapoor in a sweet role is not that sweet as an actress, hardly makes an impact, yes, her dresses, specs, and hairdo are trendy but we want acting. Radhika Apte is very good as the village wife yet not impactful maybe she was not briefed aptly by the director. Balki’s work is okayish, again he got a good concept but failed to execute it perfectly like Paa and Shamitabh, still, it is on the list of his better films. Amit Trivedi’s music is praiseworthy, Aaj Se Teri song is hummable and ultra melodious. The cinematography of P. C. Sreeram is good, technically it is a sound product, overall I liked the film but was not at all overwhelmed, after a long time I came out of the theatre with no strong emotion, neither of love nor dislike. If Akshay Kumar should not have done Toilet then this film would have been a fresh experience nevertheless it is better than that one. I’ll go with 3 stars out of five.