For many generations, menstruation has been talked about only in hush-hush voices. But R Balki and Twinkle Khanna along with Akshay Kumar decided to make a film surrounding the taboo and talk about sanitary pads.
A biopic on the life of Arunachalam Muruganatham, who made low-cost sanitary pads, Pad Man has received a great reception at the box office.
After a slightly slow start at the box office with Rs 10 crore, Pad Man picked up over the weekend and made Rs 40.05 crore.
According to early estimates, the film made Rs 10 crore on Monday. The total collection stands at Rs 50.05 crore.
Talking about why he chose to do the film, Akshay Kumar told India Today Television, "Nobody wants to talk about it. They think it's a taboo thing. They think unki izzat kam ho jayegi if they even speak about it. It's high time that we brought it in front of everyone."
The actor also said that he was not a part of the film for commercial reasons. "I'm making this film, knowing that lot of people would resist it and would not want to go and see it, or allow their family to watch it. But I still would dare to make the film, and one day, I know that they will be quietly watching it and they will understand that this film is very essential for their family, and for the hygiene and happiness of their family," he said.
Pad Man, directed by R Balki, got a solo release on Friday (February 9), after Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary, starring Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee, got pushed to February 16.