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PadMan: Five reasons to watch the Akshay Kumar starrer

Akshay Kumar is all set to kick off 2018 with another one of his content-driven dramas titled PadMan. Bankrolled by Twinkle Khanna, PadMan is helmed by ace filmmaker R Balki and stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles. Here are five reasons to watch it!

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After the phenomenal success of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Jolly LLB 2 last year, Akshay Kumar is all set to kick off 2018 with another one of his content-driven dramas. PadMan, based on the story of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham who took it upon himself to provide women with affordable and hygienic sanitary napkins, is hitting the theaters on February 9. Bankrolled by Twinkle Khanna and KriArj Entertainment, PadMan is helmed by ace filmmaker R Balki and it also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles. Here are five reasons why you should watch the film.

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Akshay Kumar

For the past few years, Akshay Kumar has become a champion of sorts for social dramas. Through light-hearted content and real-life stories, Akshay has been delivering strong messages on causes that burden the nation. With PadMan too, Akshay tries to break the taboo around menstruation by presenting the story of a man who realised the lack of affordable sanitary napkins for the women in the rural parts of the country and worked on a business model to eradicate the same.

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An inspiring story

As said earlier, PadMan is based on the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. The Coimbatore based social entrepreneur observed the lack of affordable sanitary napkins for the women in his village and soon realised that it is a national problem. After a taxing struggle, Muruganantham was able to set up pad manufacturing machines in various villages which not only provided women with cheap sanitary napkins but also became their source of livelihood as the machines were functioned by women as well. Thus, Arunachalam's story is one that needs to be told and there couldn't be anything better than a star like Akshay Kumar championing the cause.

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R Balki

With films like Paa and English Vinglish to his credit, one can't question why Khanna was so sure about trusting R Balki with the project. Speaking about the same, Twinkle said in an interview, "Once I came across the story of Muruganantham, I felt.. we needed cinema to tell this story, I just had his (Balki) name on my mind. I have seen his films and have liked it. He is a sensitive filmmaker, he understands women partly because of his wife Gauri Shinde. She is a good influence on him."

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Breaking stereotypes

As was rightly said by Padman actor Sonam Kapoor, if anything, PadMan is bound to spark a conversation around menstrual hygiene and menstruation. Even the #PadManChallenge which was introduced as a promotional gimmick by the makers, led to the bigwigs of industry posing with a sanitary napkin and normalising the idea of periods. Time and again, Twinkle along the PadMan team have also expressed that they are even working their best to reach out to the rural parts of the country and spread knowledge about menstruation through the film.

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Rest of the cast

Apart from Akshay, Padman also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in pivotal roles. While Apte will be seen in the role of Akshay's wife, a small-town yet headstrong woman called Gayatri, Sonam will essay the role of Akshay's English tutor Rhea. And while Gayatri makes Akshay realise the need for cheap sanitary napkins, Rhea is responsible for promoting Akshay in taking his cause to greater heights. PadMan hits the theaters on February 9.