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Pad Man

February 9, 2018
2hr 20min
Status: released

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Pad Man Movie Details:

Based onThe Legend of Lakshmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna
Country India
United States
Language Hindi
Release dateFebruary 9, 2018
Running time2hr 20min
StarringAkshay Kumar
Radhika Apte
Directed by R. Balki
Written byR. Balki
Swanand Kirkire
Produced byTwinkle Khanna
Prerna Arora
Cinematography by P. C. Sreeram
Edited by Chandan Arora
Music byAmit Trivedi
Production CompanyColumbia Pictures
SPE Films India
Hope Productions
KriArj Entertainment
Mrs Funnybones Movies
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing

Pad Man Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Akshay Kumar as Lakshmikant Chauhan, who is based on entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham
  • Sonam Kapoor as Pari Walia (special appearance)
  • Radhika Apte as Gayatri Chauhan, based on Shanthi Muruganantham
  • Jyoti Subhash as Subhadra Chauhan
  • Mrinmayee Godbole as Sonali Chauhan
  • Parul Chouhan as Jyoti Chauhan
  • Soumya Vyas as Aabha Chauhan
  • Yogesh Shreekant Pandey as Babloo Rajput
  • A. R. Rama as Hariya Rajvansh
  • Himika Bose as Sonali Kumari
  • Mrudul Satam as Tinku Varma
  • Riva Bubber as Asha Varma
  • Rakesh Chaturvedi as Professor Sanjeev Sharma
  • Wahib Kapadia as Manas Sharma
  • Rajesh Tiwari as Moneylender
  • Urmila Mahanta as Savitri Modi
  • Suneel Sinha as Professor Tejas Walia
  • Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo appearance as himself and a narrator in a trailer


Biography of Tamil Nadu activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, whose mission was to provide sanitary napkins to poor women of rural areas who used rags or leaves because sanitary napkins were rare. After he did not get fruitful results from his family and a medical college he approached, he decided to try it himself by filling a football bladder with goat’s blood and roaming around with it for a day to check the absorption rate of the sanitary napkins he made.

Pad Man Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Worldwide Collection₹207.73 crore

About Pad Man Movie:

Pad Man is a Hindi biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by R. Balki. A co-production between India and the United States, it stars Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in the lead roles with an ensemble supporting cast

Pad Man is is based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist and entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu who made low-cost sanitary pads for women in rural areas. His journey was chronicled by Twinkle Khanna in her fictional story The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad.

The idea to adapt Murugan’s life began in 2015 when Twinkle Khanna, who served as a co-producer on the film, came across his story while doing a research for a column in The Times of India. Inspired and moved by his persistence and determination, she wrote about him in her book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad (2016).

In November 2017, Sony Pictures became the global distributor for the film.

Principal photography commenced on 14 March. The majority of the film was shot in the small town of Maheshwar beside the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh. After filming ended in India, the team travelled to New York City where pivotal scenes were filmed at the Times Square and Lincoln Center, as well as at the United Nations headquarters.

Muruganantham worked closely with R. Balki, Kumar and Khanna on set in India, making sure every detail was accurate from the way he built his machine, to how to operate it, even his own posture.

The film was initially planned to be released on 23 November 2017 but was later moved to 26 January. However, on 19 January, it was announced that the film has been postponed to 9 February 2018 to avoid clashing with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Regarding the possible box office clash with Aiyaary which was to release on the same day, Kumar denounced the tension saying that it was unlikely since both films have different subjects and themes.

Pad Man is scheduled to be released across 3350 screens worldwide; 2750 screens in India and 600 screens overseas. Being a social issue-based film, the producers are planning to show the film in various schools in smaller towns and cities with the aid of various ministries and the government.

In China, it released on 14 December 2018, with Chinese title “印度合伙人” (Yìndù héhuǒ rén), which translates as “Indian Partner”. The film was released in Japan by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan on 7 December 2018, with the title “パッドマン 5億人の女性を救った男” (Paddo man: 5 oku-ri no josei o sukutta otoko), which translates as “Padman: A man who saved 500 million women”.

It won the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues.