Akshay Kumar who was recently seen in Toilet Ek Prem Katha is on a roll. After the super success of his last release, he will be now seen in PadMan which focuses on menstruation and women’s health.
The film is inspired by the life Arunachalam Muruganantham, who found a way to make cheap, affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village. The director R Balki has said that it will be as high on entertainment as the evergreen Sholay.
Talking about the recent trend of social films, R. Balki said, “I don’t know about that, but I was just fascinated by the life of the man on whom the film is based. I also feel sanitary napkins as a subject has not been touched in this country. It’s a revolutionary thing, what he did. It must be spoken about… People are so shy about it,” Balki told IANS here.
He also said that Padman is not a social or messaged based film. “His (Muruganantham’s) life itself is equal to ‘Sholay’. It is as entertaining as the biggest masala entertainers… And when you have a life that is so entertaining, why do I need to add entertainment,” asked Balki.
“I would like to always do original stuff. This is the first time I am doing something based on someone else’s life. I would never like to base a film on a book. If the product would not have been this — sanitary pads — I wouldn’t have done this film.
“I felt there will never be a chance again to do such an interesting subject… I prefer to write original content. Sometimes, fiction is a lot more interesting… you don’t know where it goes and you can dream up whatever you want to,” he added.
“But it doesn’t mean you have to stay faithful to it. You have to fictionalise it sometimes. Like I was speaking to Arunachalam Muruganantham, and he was saying, ‘I wish bits and parts of this film were what I lived like’. So, it (the fictional bit) adds to his life… Anything that adds to his life and makes it more interesting, who is going to say no to it?Fundamentally, I feel that, as a filmmaker, you must respect the person and his life.”
Also starring Sonam Kapoor, PadMan will release on 13 April 2017.