When an immensely controversial movie – Padmaavat is finally about to release after it’s many milestones, the buzz around it is ought to be more than Pad Man – the revolutionary story about a social activist from Tamil Nadu.
The countdown begins as Padmaavat is set to hit the big screen on 25th January & Pad Man 2 weeks later on 9th February. There is no doubt that both the movies have a stellar cast. With Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in the former; and Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in the latter. Their stories are unconventional too, nothing that the audience would want to miss out on. But both the movies may face a few difficulties, in fact, that’s all Padmaavat has endured since square one.
States like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have already banned Padmaavat, even though the movie has been passed by the Censor Board and changes have been made in order to meet its petitions. The producer has now moved the Supreme Court against this hurdle.
In an effort to clarify the objections made by many fringe groups, the film’s poster was published in many periodicals stating that “Padmaavat is a film that every Indian will be proud of.”, along with other facts. What might affect the release furthermore is the exhibitors’ fear of facing protests and damage to property.
Pad Man, on the other hand, may have to face reluctance from the audience. The subject of the film, though empowering, might come off as an uncomfortable topic for a few. What they’re highlighting in the film is the real-life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu, who invented low-cost sanitary pads in rural India and became an inspiration for many across the globe.
It’ll be interesting to see how these movies clash at the box-office and affect each other’s traction and profit alike. What will the audience opt for?
While both the films are based on completely diverse plots, what makes them alike is the empowering women-centric storylines. Padmaavat will showcase the bravery of Rajput women from times immemorial, and Pad Man will throw light upon the significance of menstrual hygiene. If all goes well, let’s hope the long-weekend brings us some pure entertainment and enlightening cinema.
In all honesty, we’re eagerly waiting to watch both of these create history on the silver screen. The question is which one will you watch first? Drop us your answers in the comment section below!