The R Balki directorial PadMan is an upcoming movie that features Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles. The film is based on menstruation and women’s health. According to the director of the movie, the film will be as entertaining as Sholay!
R Balki was inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Coimbatore-based person who found a way to make affordable, cheap sanitary napkins for the women who lived in his village. Due to the emergence of movies such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan, the director was asked if it has become a trend to make movies with social messages stuffed in them. To this, R Balki replied:
“I don’t know about that, but I was just fascinated by the life of the man on whom the film is based. I also feel sanitary napkins as a subject has not been touched in this country. It’s a revolutionary thing, what he did. It must be spoken about… People are so shy about it.”
Following this statement, he stated that Muruganantham’s life is as much entertaining as Sholay by saying:
“His (Muruganantham’s) life itself is equal to ‘Sholay’. It is as entertaining as the biggest masala entertainers… And when you have a life that is so entertaining, why do I need to add entertainment.”
R Balki expressed his excitement regarding making a movie based on someone else’s life for the first time in his career by further saying:
“I would like to always do original stuff. This is the first time I am doing something based on someone else’s life. I would never like to base a film on a book. If the product would not have been this — sanitary pads — I wouldn’t have done this film.”
“I felt there will never be a chance again to do such an interesting subject… I prefer to write original content. Sometimes, fiction is a lot more interesting… you don’t know where it goes and you can dream up whatever you want to.”
However, he takes this project as a challenge and promises to showcase his exact life scenarios to people. Though, he’ll add some fictional elements to make the movie even more interesting. His actual words were:
“But it doesn’t mean you have to stay faithful to it. You have to fictionalise it sometimes. Like I was speaking to Arunachalam Muruganantham, and he was saying, ‘I wish bits and parts of this film were what I lived like’. So, it (the fictional bit) adds to his life… Anything that adds to his life and makes it more interesting, who is going to say no to it?”
He also added:
“Fundamentally, I feel that, as a filmmaker, you must respect the person and his life.”
PadMan is slated to release in April next year.
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