Hindi Movie Padman, Udta Punjab , Highway -What do all these movies have in common?

With Padmavat row settling down, after Rajasthan By-elections poll results, we are all left wondering what was this all about? Has Bollywood become an easy way to gain your 15 minutes of fame, even if you have nothing to do with it? The amount of criticism Sanjay Leela Bhansali got for Padmavat was baffling. Why? Perhaps because he was an easy target.

Wonder how many groups will now come out in support of movies like Padman ( starring Akshay Kumar and directed by R.Balki) to applaud the work they are doing to bring about an awareness on menstrual related issues. People come out in full strength to criticize movies , actors and film makers, but what about the fact that bollywood has and has been positively contributing to the society. Why no strong reactions there? The argument given-“these are just movies, they do not change the society”. If you can rant about movies for hurting your sentiments, why not put the same effort in phrasing actors and directors who make movies like Padman or Taare Zameen Par. Nah , not happening. Right!

Here are movies that in the recent times have picked up issues that we normally ignore or prefer not to talk about.Thanks to Bollywood, they have made life a little easier and comfortable around these issues.


A movie Based on a true story of a man dealing with issues related to menstrual hygiene in rural India. It is story that shows how he found a solution to the problem by creating a low-cost sanitary napkins machine, that only made sanitary napkins  accessible to more women but also generated employment.

This maybe a PR activity , but it does help raise an awareness .How many amongst us will be willing to pose like this?Such efforts need to be appreciated, least someone is feeling bad about this too.

Aamir Khan

Radhika Apte

Sonam Kapoor


Alia Bhatt


The movie starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda tackled the issue of sexual abuse , irrespective of where one comes from being-rich or poor. It shows how not just the problem itself but the way it is dealt with impacts a person’s outlook of the society


Udta Punjab

Without giving lectures the movie starring Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh did a fabulous job of balancing entertainment and engaging the audience with problem of drug abuse and all that goes with it-addiction, corruption and business. No one wants to admit still, that drug and alcohol has become a rampant problem for the youth of this country. 

Taare Zameen Par

The story of this movie starring Aamir Khan revolves around an 8-year-old dyslexic child. The movie helped raise an awareness on learning disabilities and how to deal with them. I am sure before this movie the term dyslexia was an unknown one for most of us.

Pyar Mein Twist

The movie came out in 2005, starring Dimple Kapadia and Rishi Kapoor. It dealt with the issue of mid-age romance. Two people who were married once, are done with their responsibilities and now want to LIVE life. They fall in love ,but then their is fear from the society. Who is this society? Their own children and relatives first. The story is about the couple dealing with shame that is thrust upon them by their children and ample of “sanskar” baggage that comes with it at no-cost

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1 thought on “Hindi Movie Padman, Udta Punjab , Highway -What do all these movies have in common?”

  • Really! I didn’t get all the hullabaloo regarding Padmavat or vati or whatever. On the other hand, the movies you mentioned do raise some kind of social awareness on different issues which are really needed. Moreover, none of them (yet to watch Padman, though) sounds preachy, rather, they were quite entertaining.

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