‘Akshay is cool. I have so much love and respect for him’, says R. Balki

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Filmmaker R. Balki, whose Padman, about a man focused on women’s menstrual hygiene, is releasing on Friday.

Balki has always projected women characters as exceptionally strong, and without having the tag of a “woman-centric” film.

Talking about his way of celebrating feminism and gender equality, Balki says, “I think the term gender equality is a cliche. People are equal. Whether it is rich or poor, black or white, man or woman, and people with different beliefs, we are equal.”

He said, “I don’t think about making a woman-centric film that way. Women are the progressive thinkers, some of them are outspoken, some are not, but in their heart, they all think progressively. I see no reason to project them as backward in a few films and then as progressive in other films.”

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The narrative of Padman is based on the short story titled “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land”, about the real-life hero Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a low-cost sanitary pad-making machine.

This is the first time Balki has worked with Akshay.

Talking about Akshy’s acting, He calls him an effortless actor.

“Akshay is cool. I have so much love and respect for him. He is one of those actors who does not talk about world cinema and intellectualise the process of acting and filmmaking; but when on set, as the camera rolls, he is up with his best game.”

“He is a so sharp and effortless as an actor, I love that about him,” Balki added.

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