Pad Man

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Pad Man is a fictionalized account of Padmashri Arunachalam Muruganatham, the man who revolutionized the manufacture of the low cost sanitary napkin in India. Lakshmi is a newly married, humble welder from a rural village in the heart of India. Lakshmi's incredible journey starts when he is shocked to discover that his wife uses an unhygienic cloth during her periods. Unable to afford a branded pad, he decides to make a sanitary pad himself. After several attempts, his irate wife refuses to be a part of his experiments. Lakshmi's love and concern for his wife, his determination to make the pad, leads him into situations that cause so much shock and embarrassment that it compels his wife to leave him and his village to banish him. Lakshmi doesn't give up. His simplicity of thought, his resilience, his focus and his complete disregard for convention finally leads him to his destiny. A machine that can make a pad! The revolution that follows...from spreading menstrual hygiene, to empowering women, to starting mini cooperatives, to a vision of making India a 100% Pad using country, to accolades, to international glory and to a final resolution of his personal life, makes the rest of the feature "PAD MAN". His journey to make India a 100% pad using country goes on...even today.

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  • 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.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Proves quite the entertaining, daresay absorbing, movie.

    Feb 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film has the emotional heft of sandpaper.

    Jul 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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