After making a topical subject of role reversal in the world of today in ‘Ki and Ka’, R. Balki is taking feminism to the next level with his latest outing ‘Pad Man’ starring Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor which is based on the real life of Arunachalam Muruganatham who made sanitary pads at a low cost to revolutionize the menstrual hygiene.
It is often said that feminism requires both men and women, and Balki’s films stand fine example of that idea. At a recent media interaction when we asked him about the open letter that Swara Bhaskar wrote highlighting how she felt reduced to a sexual organ after watching Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’, which took the initial release date of ‘Pad Man’.
He said, “We are a democratic country and anybody has the right to voice their opinions about anything in the world. But they also have a choice to keep it to themselves. She (Swara Bhaksar) had an opinion about the film, she has written about it. There are also people who are writing good about the film. Nobody can stop anyone from writing what they feel. She’s chosen her freedom of expression. At least she didn’t diss the movie violently like Karni Sena. As long as you aren’t doing that, it’s fine”.
Although the director did not necessarily support the thought behind Swara Bhaskar’s open letter, he surely stood by the fact that Freedom of Expression is everyone’s right. ‘Pad Man’ is all set to release now on 9th February 2018, which will clash with Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’.