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Banned in Pakistan, ‘Padman’ does well in the Middle East

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Despite the ban on Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’ in Pakistan, the movie is successfully garnering decent reviews throughout the Middle East following it’s screening on February 8th, 2018.

The film was released throughout the Middle East, Russia, Congo and Ivory Coast. It will also be the widest release for Kumar as it will soon release in countries like Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Belgium.

The Federal Film Censor Board has imposed a ban on its screening in Pakistan because of the taboo topic of menstrual hygiene the movie is based on.

The movie has earned an average of 3 out of 5 points on several Arab news outlets. The commentators have appreciated the content of the movie and have declared it worth watching.

Read more: Armeena Khan and Sanam Saeed show support for ‘PadMan’ despite ban

The box-office collections are yet to be known since the movie is running its 5th day of screening. However, Akshay Kumar’s films usually do well in the UAE. 

The statistics on his previous releases say ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha ‘(2017) got approximately 103,200 admissions within 3 weeks of its screening. ‘Jolly LLB 2’ (2017) got approximately 114,000 admissions within 5 weeks of screening.

In her latest interview to an Arab news outlet, Sonam Kapoor, Akhay’s co-star in ‘PadMan’ said, “working on ‘Pad Man’, which is a biopic, was very important for me to do because of the state of women in our country.”

“We don’t get the same opportunities that men get. We don’t get the same respect that men get. There’s a lot of misogyny in India. Sanitation is a basic need for a woman. Having a period doesn’t make you impure or less. We reproduce because of it! There’s a lot of stigmas attached to getting your period,” Sonam Kapoor further added. 

Read more: Will Sonam Kapoor become a bride in 2018?

In her interview, she mentioned that sanitary napkins in India are heavily taxed and so regular women in India can’t afford it. Low-cost sanitary napkins gave women opportunities since it created lots of jobs for them. According to her, it was an important story that had to be told.

“If you get your period, it doesn’t mean that you’re dirty,” Kapoor again stressed. “It doesn’t mean that you have to sleep outside the house and you have to use a different toilet, or you can’t go into the temple or into the kitchen. It doesn’t make you unclean. That’s a basic thing that women in India don’t know.”