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Proves quite the entertaining, daresay absorbing, movie.
It's easy to dismiss Pad Man for the same reasons as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Both are glorified PSAs with a superstar making a profit out of playing the savior of womanhood...
It's a film that cares about women and their bodies and seeks to normalize conversations that are unnecessarily stigmatized. And in 2018, that's exactly the type of movie we all need to watch.
A well-meaning picture that tackles taboo issues.
Pad Man is an example of how good causes may not always make great cinema.
The first step for his audience is to acknowledge and shed inhibitions...That itself makes it a worthy cause to watch it, purely for the social message.
The most radical aspect of Pad Man is the fact that the movie exists in the first place. It is rare, indeed unthinkable, to imagine an A-list Bollywood production about a subject like menstruation.
For all its flaws, Padman, much like its protagonist, puts in a sincere effort. It takes a subject that most Indians are reluctant to talk about and puts it on the marquee, and that alone is worth the applause.
It's an engrossing and important subject - which was raised by a man who challenged patriarchal taboos with a candour and determination that many men all over the progressive world might shrink from even now.
Kumar is such an amiable lead, and the feminist credentials of his real-life counterpart so rock-solid, that the movie rises above its limitations.
It's Kumar and Apte's show all the way as they take one for the women's team. Make sure to watch this inspirational film this weekend.
Known for making films that work towards bridging the age and gender gap, Balki's Padman is an empowering film that gives you the wings, despite the odds.
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