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PadMan Movie Review

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Director: R. Balki
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte
mang Bollywood: 3.5/5 Stars

Success stories have shown us time and again that only those people who dare to dream big are the ones who make it big. The story of Arunachalam Muruganantham is one such story and this movie brings to the fore a brilliantly inspiring story!

Given the constant mention of the inadequate percentage of women using sanitary pads in India, it is about time a movie of like this was made. To put things in perspective, PadMan seems more like a long, public service announcement rather than a movie.

However, given how awkward women are made to feel even today while buying sanitary pads from a medical store, this social drama makes for an important film that needs to be watched. That being said, this movie has some brilliant performances to its name. Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte have delivered perhaps the best performances in this movie.

Akshay Kumar’s character, Lakshmikant Chauhan, asks his wife a poignant question, “you make such wonderful malpuas for me, why can’t I make sanitary pads for you?” The interesting, if rather odd, quid pro quo is necessitated by the serious health hazards that the newlywed village woman exposes herself to by using a filthy rag when she is on her period.

 

PadMan opens with Lakshmikant buying sanitary pads for his wife which cost a bomb. Aghast, his wife, Lakshmi (Radhika Apte) says now they will have to go without milk, as she wonders why her HUSBAND would fret about a woman’s problem.

Lakshmi plays the role of the quintessential housewife who still lives with the age old traditions and segregates herself on those five days of the month. It is now the man’s turn to look askance. Lakshmi, too, cannot fathom why sanitary pads are so expensive. Itni halki cheez ka itna bhaari daam kyun (Why should the price of something so light be so heavy,) he asks the medicine store salesman.

The salesman has no solution, neither do multi people. Finally, eureka strikes Lakshmikant and he decides making pads is the answer to all these problems. As he embarks on this journey, our protagonist faces all the hurdles possible: scepticism, ridicule, condemnation and eventual banishment make for the first half of the film. The down and out Lakshmi receives help in the form of a guardian angel, Pari (Sonam Kapoor.)

As the film begins to wind down and Lakshmi inches ever closer to success with his low-cost sanitary napkins, he heads to the United Nations to deliver a talk. Playing on Pari’s name, he acknowledges the role of a fairy who taught him how to fly. Getting the activist to share the credit with a woman is a novel move. Unfortunately, even though the movie works in establishing gender equality roles, it still reinforces the masculinity factor we Indians seem to love.

The romantic angle showed between Lakshmi and the much younger Pari seems extremely forced and does not work at all. The kiss, followed by a snuggle works against the plot and is seen as a cliche. At one point in the film, Lakshmi berates Gayatri for not moving with the times. This is 2001, he points out. Rani Mukerji ke zamaane mein Devika Rani ki baat kar rahi ho (In the age of Rani Mukherji you are talking about Devika Rani), he quips. Safe to say, this movie seems to span over a decade and half.

All in all, PadMan is a well intentioned film with a plot that is strong and drives strength from Akshay Kumar’s gutsy performance. What falls flat is the fact that while Pari is the first woman who uses the Rs. 2 sanitary pad, at the end of the movie, she is positioned as a bystander and a supporter of the man. As always, Radhika Apte steals the show with her polished acting while Sonam Kapoor makes the most of her limited appearance during the second half of the movie.

All in all, this R. Balki directorial has proved its worth. Sticking to his other movies,PadMan also addresses a very important social issue and makes us sit up, watch and take NOTE. Produced under Twinkle Khanna’s production house, Mrs. Funnybones,PadMan has more than lived up to its expectations and is worth the watch!

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Super 30 Banking Big In It’s First Week

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Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 has completed its first week at the box office and has remained unaffected by any new releases this weekend.  According to a report released by Boxofficeindia.com, the film has managed to earn Rs. 4.25 crore on its eighth day and has managed a total collection of Rs. 80.36 crore.  Film critic Taran Adarsh predicts, the film will enter the prestigious 100 crore club by the end of its second week. 

 

Super 30,garnered the love of y critics and audiences and has been declared tax free in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This decision was welcomed by everyone in the country.

 

This Vikas Bahl directorial is inspired from the real life story of Patna based mathematician Anand Kumar,  who started a prestigious program for training 30 underprivileged students for the highly competitive IIT-JEE. he struggles and hardships of Anand Kumar are depicted in this film. It stars Hrithik Roshan as Anand Kumar who shed his superstar image in order to play a deglamorized role.

We congratulate team Super 30, for its successful run at the box office.

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Sonakshi Sinha’s Revelation About Her Personal Life

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha is all busy promoting her upcoming movie Khandaani Shafakhana and during the promotions, on a chat show the actress revealed little information about her personal life. 

 

SInha, who is known for keeping her personal life under wraps, recently revealed that she has dated a celebrity in the past and managed to keep it away from  public attention. When asked about her views on dating a celebrity from movie industry, Sonakshi said “I have dated a celebrity and the world doesn’t know.” 

 

Further, talking about her parents opinion about her marriage, she added “My parents want me to date a susheel ladka and no one from the Bollywood film industry is like that.”

 

On the work front, the actress is very busy these days with her movie Khandaani Shafakhana, a comedy movie directed by Shilpi Dasgupta. The film stars Sonakshi Sinha, Badshah, Varun Sharma and Annu Kapoor in pivotal roles. It follows Sonakshi Sinha as Babita Bedi a happy-go-lucky Punjabi girl who can do anything for her family.  Khandaani Shafakhana is set to hit the big screen on August 2nd 2019.

 

Sonakshi Sinha will also be seen in Mission Mangal which is all set to release on August 15 2019  The film is loosely based on the story of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and their contribution to the Mars Orbiter Mission. 

 

Who do you think has Sonakshi Sinha dated? Comment below and let us know. 

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Panipat – Kriti Sanon’s Role Details Out

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Kriti Sanon is all set for her first venture into the period drama genre with the film Panipat.  The details of her role in Panipat were recently revealed.  Kriti Sanon will portray the role of Parvati Bai, who was the second wife of Sadashiv Rao.  In the movie, Parvati Bai is a physician, who falls in love with Sadashiv Rao, played by Arjun Kapoor.

 

While speaking about her role, Sanon said,  “My knowledge of history is terrible since I have never been fond of the subject. So for me, every word about the Battle of Panipat came from Ashu (Ashutosh) sir. Not too much is documented about Parvati Bai, so the character was built by Ashu sir in the way he visualised her. We had an amazing experience of finding the character. It’s a completely new world for me. Being a North Indian, it is a challenge to play a Marathi character, but Ashu Sir made it easy and very enjoyable.”

 

Sanon’s co star Arjun Kapoor made news for going bald and losing weight to prepare for his role as the Maratha warrior.  This will also be Kapoor’s first period film and will see Kapoor and Sanon sharing screen space for the first time.

 

Panipat is a historical film based on the third battle of Panipat.  Directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, the movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in pivotal roles.  The movie is slated to release on December 6th 2019.

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Bollywood Celebrities In World’s Most Admired List

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According to an annual report released by YouGov, a UK based market research company, Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone are the most admired Indian actor and actress in the world.

 

Big B, who was also a part of the World’s Most Admired list last year, fell down 3 ranks and is at the 12th spot in 2019.  Accompanying Big B are two of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) and Salman Khan. SRK and Salman, who are both new entrants to the list, are ranked 16th and 18th respectively. 

 

Indian actresses shone in the Top 20 Most Admired Women’s list, with actresses Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan making the cut.  Deepika was ranked 13th and was followed by Priyanka Chopra in the 14th position. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was ranked 16th, 5 spots below her position last year. Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen was ranked 17th.

 

The list was released by YouGov, which gathered a panel of people from across 41 countries and took open ended nominations by asking the panelists “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”  Based on the list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations, YouGov then conducted a poll. The respondents were asked two questions—“Who do you truly admire?” and “Who do you MOST admire?” To answer the first question, the participants were allowed to make multiple selections.  For the second question, the participants could pick only one name. According to the data collected by the survey, a list of the top 20 most admired men and top 20 most admired women was made.

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Mission Mangal Trailer Out Now

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The trailer of the much anticipated Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal is out now and it looks amazing.

 

The makers, after teasing the trailer launch for quite some time, finally launched it with much fanfare in Mumbai on July 18th.  The producer and lead of the movie, Akshay Kumar, took to Twitter to announce the launch of the trailer. “Yeh sirf ek kahaani nahi balki ek misaal hai us namumkin sapne ki jise mumkin kiya India ne #MissionMangalTrailer out now” his tweet read.

 

The 3 minute trailer begins with Akshay Kumar’s voice, “There is no science without experiment.”  The trailer introduces us to a group of scientists from different backgrounds and their determination to launch the Mars Orbiter Mission.

 

In an earlier tweet, Akshay revealed, the real reason behind him choosing to work on Mission Mangal is to familiarise his daughter with the incredible story of India’s mission to Mars. 

 

The tweet read “For several years, Hollywood made movies and TV shows like Star Trek, Star Wars, Gravity etc. This inspired an entire generation of inventors, scientists and explorers. I have always wanted to be part of one such movie… A movie that inspires our future generations… One that celebrates imagination and curiosity. Mission Mangal is that film for me… A film that I hope will inspire as much as it will entertain. Based on the incredible true story of India’s mission to Mars, Mission Mangal is a film about ordinary people achieving the extraordinary… A story that proves that creativity, ideas and dreams have no limit… just like the sky! This Independence Day, the sky is not the limit”

 

Mission Mangal is loosely based on the story of the scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and their contribution to the Mars Orbiter Mission.  The movie stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Sharman Joshi, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen and H.G. Dattatreya as the leads. The film is directed by Jagan Shakti and jointly produced by R. Balki, Akshay Kumar and Fox Star Studios.

 

Mission Mangal is all set to release on August 15th 2019 and will clash with the John Abraham starrer Batla House and the Prabhas starrer Saaho

 

What are your thoughts about the trailer of Mission Mangal?  Comment below and let us know.

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