PadMan: Akshay Kumar's film loses pace at Box Office


Mumbai: R Balki’s ‘PadMan’ starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor has lost pace at the Box Office in the second film. The film with a very strong social message has garnered poor response compared to its opening week.

‘PadMan’, which crossed the Rs 70 crore mark this weekend, minted Rs 1.25 crores on Tuesday. 

Trade analyst and movie critic Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share the latest collection report. “#PadMan [Week 2] Fri 2.10 cr, Sat 3.15 cr, Sun 3.78 cr, Mon 1.50 cr, Tue 1.25 cr. Total: ₹ 74.65 cr. India biz,” he wrote. 

‘PadMan’ is inspired by Tamil Nadu based social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham’s noble endeavour to invent low-cost sanitary pad making machines. The Padma Shri awardee has also been instrumental in spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene in rural India.

Akshay’s wife – Twinkle, who had written about Muruganantham in a story titled The Sanitary Man from the ‘Sacred Land’ in her second book ‘Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’, has jointly produced the film with SPE Films India, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films and Hope Productions.

During an interview with BBC, Twinkle while talking about menstruation and the taboo attached to it worldwide said that it took her a lot of time to convince Arunachalam to give her his consent for making the film. It was only after repeated requests, the man, who keeps low key, agreed to give his nod.

The movie was initially slated to release on January 25 but was postponed after the makers of ‘Padmaavat’ approached Akshay Kumar requesting him to push his film.

PadMan is facing tough competition from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama ‘Padmaavat’, which despite being the fourth week of its release, minted around Rs 1.75 crore on Tuesday. The film, starring Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, has so far collected Rs 279.30 crore and is still going strong at the ticket counter.