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  • ...is a brave and an inspirational attempt at creating a commercial cinema out of a taboo topic. The movie scores high on content as well as emotions.

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  • ...is a genuinely strong movie, telling an unlikely story in likeable fashion and doing it briskly and smartly.

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  • ...Balki tells viewers the tale of Pad Man and gives viewers a story to take home. And in addition to giving Akshay Kumar one of his best performances till date, Balki gifts his audience an Akshay Kumar to remember.

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  • ...is an empowering film that gives you the wings, despite the odds. It will free women of their inhibitions and that will be its biggest success. Period!

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  • ...Balki has made a feel-good movie from this relevant and sensitive subject, which possesses strong women angles.

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  • An awkward and taboo subject has been dealt with sensitivity and even humour. However, the film does get preachy at points, and slows it down.

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  • ...packs in a lot of meat within 2.5 hours but most of it is the concentrated second half whereas the first one stands diluted. Balki's direction elevates the film almost as much as Kumar's charged portrayal.

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  • What the film has done is to bring a taboo subject out in the open.

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  • ...the movie contains no astonishment or surprise. But in proceeding exactly as depicted by the trailer, Pad Man proves that sometimes, the message is far more important than the way in which it has been communicated.

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  • Despite being peppered with melodrama and some scenes that go on for too long, the entertaining PadMan delivers a robust message -- the importance of women’s menstrual health.

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  • ...you know where this film is coming from. I'm actually really glad to know where it's going. Period.

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  • ...is sanitised and sweet, and its message is not just to encourage the use of sanitary pads, but that with the right motivation, imagination and a whole lot of patience you can solve problems with ingenuity

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  • As much a story of tender care, as it is a story of social good and dealing with taboo. Worth a watch – for the avoidable struggle a common man went through because of the many social factors – even if not on the big screen.

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  • ...Balki never loses sight of the fact that what he’s making isn’t an Oscar-bait biopic but a rousing audience-pleaser.

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  • ...is watchable for its exceptional subject. Don’t expect it to be a fancy commercial film but is definitely high on emotions.

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  • ...it barely alters the squeamish attitude many hold against the routine discomfort biologically assigned to all womankind. And this is where R Balki slips. It was a noble cause for sure, if only the makers would have soaked up some of the melodrama.

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  • ...PadMan isn't because the story just had to be told. It's been done before - in last year's low-budget Phullu and the unreleased I-Pad. Here, it is the canvas and the presence of an A-list star that makes the difference.

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  • ...a superman without the cape, is a memorable character. Like the real Pad Man, Lakshmi is self-deprecating and very funny – especially in the climactic speech at the United Nations. I wish the film matched his sparkle.

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  • If you can endure the slow, unmoving first half, this film is socially relevant.

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  • ...dramatises his reality to accomodate romance and distinction with a calculation that is one of the weakest aspects of an otherwise constructive narrative.

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  • ...is admirable and has its heart in the right place, but it might have benefited from a less sermonizing tone.

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  • For a film that is about self-sustenance among women, there is also some needless patriarchal dialoguebaazi about a mard being one who can provide raksha (protection) to the women in his life. That said, there is so much in Padman that is enjoyable and meaningful.

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  • ...is as worthy, but it isn’t a particularly enjoyable film. It has tonal problems, because it is trying to appeal to many constituencies at the same time.

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  • ...is an example of how good causes may not always make great cinema.

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  • ...feels less like cinema and more like a public interest video.

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