Akshay Kumar's upcoming film Padman's poster misses a rather crucial detail

When Akshay Kumar's attempt to do a movie with a social cause could backfire only because the distributors didn't find it fit to put a woman on the poster

A shout out to all Akshay Kumar fans. The actor has decided to release two of his films on Republic Day, 2018. Both 2.0, starring Rajnikanth and Padman are set to release this coming January on 25th and 26th respectively. Padman, the biopic has already sparked started a debate with just a poster out. Most of you have probably failed to notice, but the poster of the film lacks one important element that the film is based on.

Padman is the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene in rural India by creating a machine that can make low-cost sanitary napkins. This R Balki film also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte just in case you were wondering but you wouldn’t be able to figure that out from the poster of the film.

Now, that is sure to raise some eyebrows on social media right? Because how is this film a tribute to a feminist man and is supposedly meant to convince men and women across India to do away with the taboo surrounding menstruation and menstrual hygiene. We do get it that the eye-opener that this film is, it is meant to revolve around the central character of Arunachalam, but maybe a woman or two peeking from somewhere could have done no harm? Or is that too much sense for you to handle, Bollywood?

One such Twitter user decided to point out the same:

And then someone rightly pointed out: “But where are the women?”

People were busy criticising Akshay Kumar

Others were using sarcasm 101

And people (Read: fans) had to side with Aki for attempting a film on such a topic

Because in Akshay’s defence, surely he wouldn’t have designed the poster, so why troll him?

And just like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha needed Akshay Kumar’s character to drive the nail home, Padman must also be telling the story of a woman’s issue through a man’s perspective, right?

Others are just applauding the social progress, since a movie dedicated solely to menstrual hygiene is a positive for starters in an industry that revels in doing male-centric stories

Also Read: How not to apologise for sexual assault: This woman’s viral tweet is a must read for everyone

And superstars may repeatedly attempt movies with a social cause for whatever reasons, but isn’t Bollywood responsible for paying attention to what example they are setting on women-centric issues?

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