PadMan Review: Stained by Clichés. Period.


PadMan Review: Stained by Clichés. Period.

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


efore PadMan hit theatres, Akshay Kumar, aka Bollywood’s resident Problem-Solver-in-Chief, had a reputation of eradicating a lot of pertinent evils.

In Airlift, he facilitated the ghar-wapsi of stranded Indians from Kuwait. In Rustom, he engineered his own ghar-wapsi from jail. In Naam Shabana, he deftly arranged Tapsee Pannu’s ghar-wapsi from her own lead outing, and finally in last year’s government-approved Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, the man managed to successfully aid the ghar-wapsi of any kind of objectivity. It’s fitting then, that in the ambitiously thick-headed PadMan, Akshay Kumar has been tasked with the monumental duty of coaxing ghar-wapsi of every woman’s “five-day test match” problems.