Mumbai: Bollywood filmmaker R. Balki who has released his social directorial venture ‘PadMan’ today said that the movie is made only for those people who are unaware of the sanitary napkins and not for those who know about it.
Balki attended a panel discussion ‘Say No To Stigma And Taboos Period’, which was organised by the ladies wing of Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC) on Thursday here.
Balki was asked if he wasn’t tempted to make the movie in a commercial zone.
“The biggest commercial element in ‘Pad Man’ is Akshay Kumar and he knew what he is getting into because I make a certain kind of films with a certain language of making it,” Balki said.
“I was very clear that this is not a film intended for people who know about it. This film is made to reach people who are not aware and who need to be sensitized. This includes both men and women. Therefore, the film has to be made in a certain language.
“If you see the emotion, setting and characters of the film, they are not in loud masala or slapstick zone but they are still commercial in the sense that they are expressing their emotions loudly as the language and message has to reach the people it is intended for,” he added.
Based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, PadMan is the story of how one man came up with a revolutionary method of producing cost-effective sanitary napkins and empowered thousands of women across the country in the process.
Praising the actor, Balki explained the similarities he saw between Akshay and Muruganantham.
“We all know Akshay Kumar is a huge star and a good actor, but I think he is a magnificent actor. Most people make a lot of fuss about theories of acting, schools of acting and intellectualized cinema; he doesn’t do anything that’s why he is lot like Muruganatham.
“He just keeps on doing it and he doesn’t talk about it. When an actor doing a biopic of a person, it is very tempting for an actor to study his body language and to see how he talks or walks but Akshay didn’t look any of that. He just listened to what kind of character and human Murugantham is.
“He captured soul of the character and actually portrayed Muruganatham in Akshay Kumar style, capturing the essence of the character and that very few actors can do. Most actors are fantastic at capturing body languages of people but he didn’t do that.”
PadMan, which released on Friday, is being produced by Twinkle Khanna, KriArj Entertainment and directed by R. Balki.