R Balki on Pakistan banning Pad Man: It is disturbing

It is to Akshay Kumar's credit that he is making it happen and now it has to be seen how much further does PadMan go from here to enjoy an even better verdict. Though the collection was less than Akshay Kumar's last movie Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (13.10 crores), it might show a positive trend from today giving its positive word of mouth.

Box Office Day 2 Collection of Padman.

On its 3rd day, as pre-early trends flowing in, the movie has gone on to collect in the range of 16-17 crores. Still, 40 crores in the first weekend is a big number for the film which is not a commercial potboiler.

In the movie Akshay Kumar plays the role of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a villager who decides to bring the change after he realises that his own wife risked her health during periods. A section of the media has said that it has been banned in Pakistan due to its sensitive subject.

So, according to the men in the board, Pakistanis can watch a movie that glorifies honour killing but God forbid they are made to see a movie that tackles the issue of menstrual hygiene.

Confirming the story, Vivek Krishnani, MD, Sony Pictures, co-producers of the film, says, "It's our way of expressing gratitude for the incredible love and support the film is receiving". I am very proud of my husband and the whole team. Given the subject of the film, the actor was of the opinion that it should reach as many women as possible.

"PadMan" has been helmed by R Balki and is Twinkle Khanna's maiden production venture. However, the social drama that was released on February 9 in India and countries like Russia, Ivory Coast and Iraq, might not get released in Pakistan.