Earlier scheduled to be a Republic Day release, Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan finally hit the screens on February 9. The film started strong at the box office and has managed to remain consistent through the week. The social drama has managed to collect Rs 7.05 crore on Wednesday, taking its total collection to Rs 59.09 crore in just six days.
But what remains to be seen is whether PadMan will be able to hold its ground in front of other box office releases or not. With Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee starrer Aiyaary and Marvel’s Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman releasing on February 16, PadMan’s position at the box office might be threatened. From what we have seen in the past, a Marvel film has all the goods to shake a Hindi film’s box office earnings. If the same will happen in PadMan’s case, it is yet to be seen.
Here are the box office figures of PadMan:
PadMan Fri : ₹10.26 cr, Sat : ₹13.68 cr, Sun : ₹16.11 cr, Mon: ₹5.87 cr, Tues: Rs 6.12 cr, Wed: Rs 7.05 cr (Total: Rs 59.09 crore)
Directed by R Balki, PadMan is inspired by the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who started a revolution by creating a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine. Arunachalam’s story was also the inspiration behind producer Twinkle Khanna’s short story, The Legend of Laxmi Prasad. Along with Akshay Kumar, PadMan also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.
Indianexpress.com’s Shubhra Gupta gave the film 2 stars out of 5 and said, “PadMan is as worthy, but it isn’t a particularly good film. It has tonal problems, swinging between commonplace-ness and flat-out filmi-ness, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time: a song to celebrate the onset of menstruation of a little girl uses the problematic word ‘nakel’, which means ‘to be led by the nose’.”