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Padman First Day Box Office Collections

After tackling the problem of open defecation in his last film, Toilet Ek Prem Katha, Akshay Kumar is here to do away with the stigma that surrounds menstruation and sanitary napkins. His latest release, Pad Man, is inspired by the story of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who invented a machine which produces cheap sanitary napkins.

Pad Man was off to a good start at the box office, having raked in Rs 10.26 crore on its opening day. The film has received fantastic reviews from critics, and the collection is expected to pick up further over the weekend.

With the release of Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaary getting pushed to February 16, Pad Man had a solo release. The film was much talked-about before its release - #PadManChallenge is one of the top trends on social media, thanks to the participation of many bigwigs from the world of entertainment, sports and other fields.

Directed by R Balki, the film marks Twinkle Khanna's foray into production. Twinkle had told PTI, "Through Pad Man, we want the story to reach every nook and corner of India. The motive is to raise awareness about sanitary hygiene."

Pad Man also stars Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte in pivotal roles.

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