Akshay Kumar's Pad Man wins hearts of both critics and audience

Boxoffice Results

  1. INR 29.33 Cr.
  2. INR 24.63 Cr.
  3. INR 2.89 Cr.
  4. INR 0.28 Cr.
  5. INR 7.20 Cr.

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By HT

It deals with the taboo subject of menstrual hygiene, and yet, the out-and-out family entertainer, Pad Man, starring Akshay Kumar has hit the right chord with the audience. 
 
And perhaps that’s the reason why R Balki directorial has won huge critical acclaim and is being loved by fans as well.
 
Trade analyst Atul Mohan is all praise for Balki’s “direction” and Akshay’s “entertaining portrayal” of such a sensitive subject. “It engrosses you and gets emotional at some places. While many women would avoid watching the film in theatres to avoid the awkwardness from the male gender, it’s interesting that a lot of families are watching it,” says Mohan, who feels that the film deserves a tax exemption and should be screened in schools and colleges.
 
The film released on February 9 and opened to good business. According to box office figures, the opening day collection was ?10.26 crore, it picked up speed on Saturday making ?13.68 crore, witnessed a good jump on Sunday with ?16.11 crore, followed by ?5.87 crore on Monday and ?6.25 on Tuesday , leading to a total of ?52.25 crore at the domestic market. So, the film has already crossed the ?50-crore mark in its first week itself.
 
Trade expert Taran Adarsh feels that the collections would only get better from here. “Content driven and socially relevant films take time to pick up. Even Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2016) didn’t start with a bang but did really good business eventually,” he says, adding, families come only if content is strong. “Pad Man has proved that different stories are being narrated, and it’s very brave on Akshay’s part to have taken up a project that most heroes wouldn’t.”
 
Experts also opine that with multiplex culture becoming big, it’s a great move that even such socially-relevant films are getting equal amount of screens as a commercial film. “The audience has become mature and hence, there is a big market for this kind [content driven] of cinema. People are being adventurous and going to see a ‘dry’ subject like menstruation. Also, Pad Man shows such a mature love story between Akshay and Radhika. It shows how the man is so much in love with his wife that he doesn’t want her to suffer at all,” says Mehra.