R Balki’s female hygiene drama, PadMan, starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor shows no signs of slowing down at the box office. The film that is based on the short story 'The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land' in Twinkle Khanna's book 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad', which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads, has been the talking point of the entire nation due to its content which focusses on menstruation and sanitary hygiene in rural India.
PadMan hit the cinemas on February 9 and, opened to a good start of Rs 10.26 crore at its opening day. Showing an upward trend on Saturday, PadMan minted Rs 13.68 crore on its second day and Rs 16.11 crore on its third day.
Grossing up the figures to a total of Rs 40.05 crore within the first three days already, Akshay Kumar’s film is eyeing big numbers. According to a Twitter post by Taran Adarsh, the Akshay starrer film has collected Rs 5.75 crore on the fourth day at the box-office, taking its overall collection to Rs 45.25 crore.
#PadMan maintains its pace on Mon... Fri 10.26 cr, Sat 13.68 cr, Sun 16.11 cr, Mon 5.87 cr. Total: ₹ 45.92 cr. India biz... Overseas opening weekend: $ 2.31 million [₹ 14.84 cr].— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 13, 2018
The R Balki film revolves around Laxmikant Chauhan, who revolutionized the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a low-cost sanitary napkin machine. The film also stars actress Sonam Kapoor in a pivotal role.
For the uninitiated, PadMan been banned in the neighbouring nation Pakistan. The country’s Federal Censor Board has refused to give its nod for the release of the R Balki-directed film. According to the members, the film deals with 'taboo' subjects such as menstruation and, thus, cannot be allowed to screen in Pakistan.