Vastavam web: R Balki says he never wanted to make a biopic but he decided to go ahead with “Padman” as it gave him a chance to address an important issue like menstruation through the fascinating life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham.The director is best known for his films such as “Cheeni Kum”, “Paa”, “Shamitabh” and “Ki and Ka”.”I never wanted to do a biopic. I wanted to do my own fictional stories but this subject was great. This guy’s life is fascinating. Where will you get to do a mass mainstream film on a subject like sanitary pads? I felt it was a fantastic opportunity, that’s why I took it up,” Balki told PTI.
“We wrote it for Akshay, he is a star but you have to write things keeping in mind the character as well. We had to make sure the sensitive issue should not be lost (in making it entertaining).” “Padman” was always the title for Balki as that is how he started writing the story.”This film is not based on Twinkle Khanna’s book, that is a separate story. There are two different fictional takes on Muruganantham’s life. I just called it ‘Padman’ as that is how I started writing the story.”