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Is Akshay Kumar the new 'hit-man'?



A film starting with 'P' that has a 'Khil' in it. No, I am not talking about 'PADMAvat' and the S&S (Savage and Seductive) 'Khilji'. My days of obsessing over it is finally over! But the box-office is back again with another film, that starts with 'P', and stars the 'Khil'.. Err...I mean the Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar. (Incidentally Padman and Padmavat were supposed to release on 25th January, hence my lame list of analogies). The Mr 'Funny Bones' is all set again to tickle your jaws and mind with 'Padman' after 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'.


The storyline feeds you a social message and entertainment simultaneously. 'Padman' is based on the true story of Arunachalam Murugunantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu. Laxmi (Akshay Kumar) marries Gayatri (Radhika Apte). Laxmi is a caring, devoted husband. He tries to woo his new wife by gifting her sanitary pads. But his gift is not appreciated. Ultimately driven by his concerns for her personal health, he tries to make her use sanitary pads, but with failure. The story then goes on to how he strives to manufacture low cost sanitary napkins for women. This makes Laxmi a cause of embarrasment for his mother, sisters and wife. Director R. Balki drives home a poignant message by blending humor and reality. Akshay Kumar, as usual is charming, funny, insistent in his character. His performance though seemed a tad bit repetitive. Radhika Apte is  phenomenal in her role of 'Gayatri'. I am eagerly waiting to see how she does in her upcoming films. Sonam Kapoor does her best (Read: As an actress she is just average). But according to me, inspite of having a great script, why 'Padman' couldnot become a great film is because it comes across as too preachy. The conflict comes too early in the film. Also the screenplay could have been alot better. Overall if you want to see some 'hatke' story, go for 'Padman'. It will make you laugh, cry and most importantly 'think'.
Padman is also the first ever Bollywood film to be released simultaneously in India, Russia, UAE.
Will Akshay Kumar continue his hit spree in box office with Padman? Any thoughts?

Written by Prarthana Mahato.