Akshay Kumar: Being Pad Man takes courage

Akshay Kumar is gearing up for the release of Padman. Currently, the actor is promoting Padman which is based on the life of the low cost sanitary napkins inventor Arunachalam Muruganantham. The film is helmed by R Balki. The film features Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo role. Padman is scheduled to release tomorrow on February 9, 2018.

In an interview, when a leading Indian daily asked Akshay Kumar if people are nervous to watch Padman presenting such a unique subject on screen, Akshay said, ” Nervous? No! Intrigued? Yes! There’s nothing to be nervous about. This is a subject that can, and will only help our society. [In the film] there’s no controversial behaviour. In fact, the Censor Board has loved it and hasn’t cut a single thing. What more can anyone want from a film with a message? So I’d say, people, instead of being nervous, be encouraged; use this intrigue to spread the awareness we’re working so hard to create. This is to better the lives of your wives, mothers and daughters. What’s there to be worried about? Come on people, be brave, be mad.”

On being asked whether playing the character in Padman was his toughest role in his career, the actor said, “Toughest… physically, no, but career-wise, yes. This is a very sensitive yet brave subject, which needed my utmost care and attention. It was tough in the sense I had to become the ‘man’ that women really needed me to be, and I didn’t want to let anyone down. Being Pad Man takes courage. I not only had to experiment with myself, but also had to learn the ins and outs of sanitation and menstruation. I had to grab hold of this project and give it absolute respect despite any of my own male fears, until I realized there was nothing to fear but my own insecurities.”

When asked to give his advice to Twinkle Khanna, who is an experienced producer, Akshay said, ” Follow your heart. You’ll never be able to do enough, but whatever you do, do it from your heart, and you can’t go wrong. Don’t let opinions, money, time, or fear change your path. Let the bad times roll because the sun only shines after a storm.”