PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life’s straw

Directed By:R Balki
Produced By:Mrs Funnybones Movies, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, SPE Films India
Cast:Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte
Duration:2 Hours 20 Minutes

Bollywood Bubble Rating:3/5

If you believe you can, you are halfway there. Parents use this therapy to their children who are sinking in schools and colleges. Just, they don’t tell you there would be teenage crushes, diet fads, breakups, insufficient pocket money and unbearable math classes. Was that too weird to begin my ‘PadMan’ review with?

Even before I begin analysing ‘PadMan’ as a film, I think films like these should be lauded just because they’re being made. That actors and filmmakers are using cinema as a tool to strike conversations, tickle thoughts and raise debates, itself is a relief; especially in a country of over 100 crores with numerous problems, most of them neither spoken nor understood.

The film is based on a Tamil Nadu based social activist who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin producing machine. Lakshmikant Chauhan, a man from an MP village, learns of rural women’s plight during menstruation after he is married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte)… Or, why am I even using ‘rural’ when the taboos are equally prevalent in urban spheres as well? Determined to bring more hygiene to how the women at his home handle periods but aware that they can’t afford to buy the sanitary napkins available in stores, he begins attempts of making them himself.

For every innovative idea, you’ve to pay a price. For Lakshmikant, it’s on the heavier side. In the course of communicating to women and understanding the problems better, he earns the tag of ‘loose character’. His two sisters and wife leave him. Devastated with the constant emotional ups and downs, he leaves his village; however, with the determination of succeeding at his attempts one day.

Rest shapes a man’s bumpy journey towards fulfilment. Not without hiccups, though.

Through the first half, we’re taken to visit how the revolutionist has to walk on thorns if he decides to mould the society’s behaviour. This portion, although necessary and paves way to the latter part, is dragged and feels longer than what it is.

In the latter part, as Lakshmikant nears his goal, enters Pari (Sonam Kapoor), a beautiful, intelligent and compassionate woman who becomes an indispensable of Lakshmikant’s journey. How a fresh MBA and a deserving candidate of a fat-paying corporate job leaves many prospects and sets off on a mission to help village women and spread health awareness on menstruation, is empowering, to say the least. BUT! Why would Bollywood necessarily instill romantic equations whenever we have a woman and a man playing equally crucial parts in the story’s development? That part feels not only forced, but also cliched.

Other than that, ‘PadMan’ is purely a testimony of a man’s journey from nothing to contentment; solely banking upon on his own desires of bringing about positive changes and helping them sustain. If you ignore a few exaggerations (and I fear I don’t have takers for saying this), it is an inspiring film and could create positive impacts. Decently shot by P.C. Sreeram and rightly complemented with soundtracks composed by Amit Trivedi, it features noticeable performances from both Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar; and not to forget, a fluent Sonam Kapoor in a short yet pivotal role.

Watch ‘PadMan’ to encourage more films that talk about REAL problems; more real than fairytale love stories. 🙂 Even the real love stories are tested with bad times, remember? Like that of Lakshmikant and Gayatri.

Author’s Note: My first ever day as a menstruating girl? ‘Congratulations’ from mom, and a huge bowl of Mishti Doi after dinner. 🙂

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'Bioscopewala' movie review: Danny Denzongpa's stellar act saves the film from sinking

'Bioscopewala' movie review: Danny Denzongpa's stellar act saves the film from sinking

Directed By: Deb Medhekar
Produced By: Sunil Doshi
Cast: Danny Denzogpa, Geetanjali Thapa, Tisca Chopra
Duration: 1 hour 31 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2 stars

First time director Deb Medhkar’s ‘Bioscopewala’ is a modern day adaption of Rabindranath Tagore’s famous short story ‘Kabuliwala’. Though not completely based on his work, Medhkar has crafted the movie by taking the narrative ahead. The film’s premise is set in Kolkata and Afghanistan.

‘Bioscopewala’ talks about Rehmat Khan (Danny Denzongpa) who reaches Calcutta due to conflicts in his land. Rehmat is a man who loves cinema and wishes to change people’s perception through the same. Loosing all his cinematic setup in Afghanistan, he flies off to Calcutta. In the city, he runs into a 5 year old girl Minnie, eventually turning into a special someone who shapes her childhood.

The story starts with Robi Basu (Adil Hussain), a renowned fashion photographer. He sets off to Afghanistan, with a hope to repay to Rehmat. Robi pens down few unsaid things for his daughter Minnie Basu (Geetanjali Gupta). Things take a U-turn when Robi passes away in the plane crash. With his father’s sudden demise, Minnie returns to her home all the way from Paris.

On reaching home, Minnie meets Bholla Kaka. He introduces her to an old man ( Rehmat Khan) who suffers from Alzheimer’s. At first, Minnie refuses to keep the man at home, the reason being he was convicted in a murder case.

A few flashbacks from her childhood and Minnie eventually realizes that the old man is her own ‘Bioscopewala’. The man who taught her the art of storytelling.

The story gets on track with Minnie’s mission to know more about her Bioscopewala. Here begins, her search to find Rehmat Khan’s family and reunite him with his daughter Rabeya (which was the actual reason of Robi going all the way to Afganistan).

What were the few unsaid things mentioned by Robi? Did Minnie manage to reunite ‘Bioscopewala’ with his daughter?

To know the answers to these questions, you need to see this tale at the nearest cinemas.

The storyline seems to be a bit stretched but Danny and Geetanjali’s work manages to save the film from sinking. It strikes an emotional chord within few minutes but fades away with the slow track. Overall, Deb Medhkar’s directorial has left me a bit disappointed. The tale could have been presented in a better way.

Anyway, everyone has their own point of view. I would highly recommend this film to the ones who love story-telling.

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'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

'High Jack' Movie Review: This TRIPPY flight journey is bound to tickle your funnybones!

Directed By: Akarsh Khurana
Produced By: Nickhil Jakatdar, Arun Prakash, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Madhu Mantena
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Mantra, Sonnalli Seygall
Duration: 1 hrs 42 mins
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3

As I sit to watch Akarsh Khurana and Sumee Vyas’ second venture, In my head I was already ready for a laughter ride. The duo had earlier entertained the masses with The Viral Fever’s web series ‘Tripling’ . The ones who had their eyes hooked on-to the director – actor’s previous work can expect more from this comedy-drama. If you are the one who enjoys pun-intended and non-veg jokes, then it is a go-to movie.

The light heart serious-comedy starts off with our lit DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas). The actor’s comic timing and screen space was one thing that left me and everyone amazed in the theater. After this movie, I admit being a fan of the actor (not die hard). After the LIT start, the movie inches towards the introduction of Udaan Airlines and the terrible state of its employees, who wish to get their unpaid dues. A revengeful yet kind-hearted staff of the airlines plan to HIGH-JACK their own flight.

The movie’s plot revolves around DJ Rakesh (Sumeet Vyas), his creepy co-passengers and the High Jackers. Apart from Sumeet, characters of Kumud Mishra and Taaruk Raina were the highlight of this stoner-comedy. Director Akarsh Khurana has done justice to every character of his film.

Speaking about the music, you will feel as if you were actually in a RAVE party. Akarsh has presented a serious issue in a funny and witty way! Well, there were few offs in the movie viz no background score in some scenes and the lack of songs. Overall, the movie is a perfect pick for a lazy weekend.

This flight from Goa to Delhi is bound to tickle your funnybones. To know, if DJ Rakesh’ dream to be popular is fulfilled and whether the employees of Udaan airlines succeed in HIGH Jacking, you need to get out of your couch and head to the nearest cinema.

If asked to sum up the movie in one sentence, it will definitely be- Get ready to board a TRIPPY flight from Goa to Delhi!

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