There must be a reason why Akshay Kumar films lately smell of agenda though the themes of his films are actually important to address. From being an intelligence officer in Baby to the guy who wants to deliver sanitary pads to women who don’t have access to such a basic yet important need. Not only does he gives them the pad but also the employment as he has figured out a way of making these pads in a cheap cost so that they could be sold on a profitable margin.
Akshay’s Toilet-Ek Prem Katha also dealt with an important problem of open defecation but the way of treating these stories is so simple and gentle that it feels as though makers have taken an important, dark and gritty theme but they are decorating it with condolences messages that says everything will be alright. It is of great importance that Akshay is picking topics of national importance but is doing just a little more than okay job with them. Akshay’s performance in Padman is usual act of part comedy and partly intense but a gentle person that he has mastered playing.
Akshay still has not left his comfort space with the strategy to approach a role but his comfort space is not that bad. Radhika Apte’s performance is quite nuanced and depicts the reality of a rural woman who has been troubled of basic necessities and decided to support her husband when he needed it the most even without really long monologues. Sonam Kapoor plays a short but vital performance in the film and just adds to the mediocrity part of it rather contributing anything of greatness but a performance can’ be deeper than the role itself. R. Balki delivers to his hallmark where he looses the grip on the second half of the film but manages to get most of it right. Overall Padman is a decent one time watch.