Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor-starrer female hygiene drama, PadMan, that hit the screens on February 9, has struck a chord with the audiences. After earning Rs 10.26 crore on its opening day and Rs 13.68 crore on Saturday, the film, on Sunday, added Rs 16.11 crore more to its kitty. The total collection, after the first weekend-run, now stands at a respectable Rs 40.05 crore.
PadMan, based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a Tamil Nadu-based social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine, is facing tough competition from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which is now in its third week of release. The epic period drama has sustained itself despite the arrival of PadMan and is on the verge of touching the Rs 250 crore-mark. (PadMan not denied NOC, yet to be pre-viewed, says Pakistan censor board chief)
If the current trend is anything to go by, PadMan will continue its winning performance at the box-office for many days to come. The positive word of mouth will be a huge advantage for the R Balki directorial and one can expect it to earn somewhere between Rs 100 crore and Rs 125 crore till it remains in the cinemas.