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'PadMan' is neither a preachy film, nor a documentary: R Balki

10 February 2018

'Padman', produced by Mrs Funnybones Movies, SPE Films India, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films and Hope Productions, and released worldwide by SPE Films India, releases today. After several attempts, his irate wife refuses to be a part of his experiments. One has to put your money where your mouth is, and make sure it continues... A small film (Phullu) did try to make its presence felt past year, but Padman has proved to be not only a bigger but a better film. "Yes, they were happy to lend me one so I could stand with them in support of this much needed initiative", upcoming Bollywood actor Siddharth Malhotra tweeted Friday along with a photo of him surrounded by female fans as he held up a sanitary pad.

The film has received big support from celebrities nationwide, who participated in the "PadMan Challenge" and shared their photographs holding up a sanitary napkin to spread awareness about menstruation hygiene. His experiments with opening a sanitary pad to see what's inside, to trying to replicate it, to his own simulation of the menstruation experience (one of the film's highlights) prove his mad determination.

Talking about the film, Akshay said: "People are talking about the issue".

She's definitely one of the most independent women I've ever known, living for her morals and standing up for what's right. I used to cover my cheeks with both hands whenever I went to speak on the subject. She then challenged her fellow actors including Aamir Khan to do the same.

Amit Trivedi's music also flirts effortlessly through the plot for some relief just when the viewer has soaked up the gravity of the plot.

The Pad Man challenge also completely ignores the unsustainability of commercial sanitary napkins. I would request everyone to write about it as the situation will be different if menstrual health becomes a part of general discourse.

I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that the audience is evolving - people and in particular the young people out there, are making their voices heard, and are becoming more aware and socially conscious. I chose to write about it in my book. Well, the film has released on 2750 screens in India and 600 screens in overseas.

It's a familiar story by now, thanks to the buzz surrounding India's menstrual man. He decides to purchase a sanitary napkin pack for his wife only to realize that not only is it expensive, even his wife is reluctant to spend that amount on herself.

"It is an entertaining film, and people will not feel uncomfortable while watch it with their families, " she said. The film is set to be release on 9 February 2018.

'PadMan' is neither a preachy film, nor a documentary: R Balki