Akshay Kumar is these days neck deep in promotional activity of his upcoming movie ‘PadMan’. The movie is a true story and based on the life of Arunachalam Murugunatham, the man behind making cheap and affordable sanitary pads for the women of his village. The project is bankrolled by Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna who had earlier written a story about the same in her book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. The movie is being directed by R Balki, which also features Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
Balki also revealed that there was no one besides Akshay Kumar who plays the main lead in the movie and quoted saying that, Arunachalam is a simple man, and Akshay, too, is an unassuming, no-fuss person. So, I thought that he was naturally right for the role. He has imbibed Arunachalam’s simplicity so well that it is wonderful to watch him on screen.”
Paa director further added that “It’s not about saying a lot; Arunachalam is the kind of man who just smiles and insists that he hasn’t done much, and that takes a lot of character. Akshay understood him perfectly and essayed the part beautifully.”
During the interaction with the media, revealed there was a scene which he felt was her difficult and was awestruck when Akshay performed the 10-minute dialogue-heavy scene in just one take. He added that “We thought we’d divide the shots because the scene was heavy on emotions and expressions, but Akshay got it right it on the first take. Akshay doesn’t intellectualize acting. He does his homework quietly, understands his character and portrays it in his own way. Everyone knows him as a star, but in Padman, his performance is extremely nuanced; it’s one of the finest by an Indian actor.”
PadMan is all set to clash at Box Office with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat as both the movie are all set to release on 25th January. Akshay Kumar was asked if he is bothered with a box office of Sanjay Leela Bhansali much-awaited movie, he was quoted saying that, “I am not thinking about how much money it will collect from box-office. It doesn’t matter to me. For me the biggest thing was when I saw 3-4, youngsters outside my vanity van used to discuss about issue on menstruation. So I think this is the biggest achievement of this film, when 3-4 males talk about issue of menstruation.”