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PHULLU : A movie entwined with social message but no acting

PHULLU

Director – Abhishek Saxena
Cast – Sharib Ali Hashmi, Jyotii Sethi, Nutan Surya
Genre – Drama
Reviewed By – Paridhi Tripathi

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When the trailer of this movie came out, a lot of people anticipated it to be a lot like Padman, an Akshay Kumar-starrer biopic on real-life menstrual hygiene revolutionary Arunachalam Muruganantham. While it is not completely true, but the very theme of menstrual hygiene fore puts the two movie in the same category.

Phullu is a typical good man who helps his mom make a living by assisting her in making quilts. Phullu, played by Sharib Hashmi tries hard with the accent and acting to convince being a good boy who is ignorant about the woman ‘issues’ despite being married and being indulge in the act of procreation. He however, notices an unusual behavior of his wife when she tries to take away pieces of red cloth from the material he gathers for the quilts.

The very loophole stands where Pullu has no idea about menstrual cycle of a woman and is ‘happily married’ (read behind the lines).

When he does get to know about it, Phullu is on a mission to educate and help the woman in his village with better sanitary options which are evidently hygienic.

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The extra ordinary factor in the movie is where everybody abandons Phullu for his insane obsession but his wife still stand by him giving him the support he needs.

The movie has a social message with appropriate comic relief that at the end talks about how important it is for a woman to be having healthy requirements and how men have a vital role in making women feel so.

It is quite a wonder that people seldom spoke about menstrual hygiene except for in advertisements of sanitary napkins but as the civilization moves forward, we have a whole movie based on it from the view point of a man – indeed worth a mention.

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