If not for Akshay, why would people watch Padman: R Balki
Director R. Balki says Akshay Kumar is the right man for the film Padman while saying that if not for Akshay, why would people even watch the film.
Balki who was present at the song launch of the film along with actor Akshay, Kumar's wife and the film's producer Twinkle Khanna, and actress Radhika Apte on Wednesday was asked about casting the Akshay in Padman which is a biopic on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the inventor of a low-cost sanitary pad making machine in India.
"Akshay had asked me if I was sure he should play this part in the film. The first thing that came to my mind was why else would people watch the film.
"I think he is the right guy to play this role. And the only thing we knew at the time was Muruganantham's life. I wasn't even sure how to make it into a film at first," he said.
Actress-turned-author Twinkle said she didn't think there was anyone else apt to direct the film, which is based on a short story from her book The Legend Of Lakshmi Prasad.
Featuring Akshay, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte, Padman is produced by KriArj Entertainment, Mrs. Funnybones Movies, Hope Productions and Columbia Pictures, the film will be released worldwide on January 26, 2018.