Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar’s upcoming biographical movie ‘Padman’ will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Entertainment. KriArj Entertainment and Mrs Funnybones Movies which are producing this movie have joined hands with the Hollywood company to give it a wider release across the globe.
‘Padman’ is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an Indian entrepreneur who risked his everything and invented the low-cost sanitary pad making machine and revolutionised the movement of cost-effective female hygiene in the country. Directed by R. Balki and also starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles along with Amitabh Bachchan’s additional cameo, ‘Padman’ is scheduled to release on 26th January 2018 in India and around the world.
“Akshay is the rarest of artists, not only is he the definition of movie star and producer, but what makes him and Twinkle so special is that they have found a way with this film to make a wonderfully affecting and heartwarming movie that also can impact social change. Not only are the movies he (Akshay) makes the kind that the big mass audience enjoys, but he is uniquely successful because he has been courageous about his instincts,” Sanford Panitch, President of Sony’s Columbia Pictures division said. Panitch also added that the studio is “looking forward to working with Akshay and Twinkle on many projects.”
Laine Kline, EVP of business affairs, operations and SPE’s head of local film production, said: “India is an important and growing market with rich content and dynamic stories that translate worldwide.”
Calling it a special film for many reasons, Akshay Kumar who portrays Arunachalam Muruganantham in the film, stated: “It is my wife’s first film from her production house, Mrs Funnybones Movies. She introduced me to Arunachalam Muruganantham and his wonderful story that has a universal resonance and Balki has brought it to life beautifully. Sanford and the Sony Pictures team are ideally placed to take it to audiences worldwide and we look forward to sharing this journey with them.”
“‘Padman’ is bound to make every Indian proud because it celebrates a true indigenous inventor and innovator who brought a massive social change,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment, India’s Managing Director, Vivek Krishnani in a statement.
Hoping that ‘Padman’ will be able to help Indians overcome the taboo of discussing menstruation, Arjun N Kapoor of KriArj Entertainment, said: “This film will be path-breaking in more ways than one and we believe that if there are stories that deserve to be told, this one tops the list. We couldn’t have had better creative forces combined than Balki, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna to portray this extraordinary tale of an ordinary man.”