PadMan box office collection: Parallel cinema is there to show serious content, realism, symbolic elements with a keen eye on the sociopolitical climate of the times. While mainstream cinema is more of high-voltage action, dance and song routines. However, the thick wall between the two has started to diminish with mainstream actors like Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan bringing out sensitive topics even in big ‘commercial’ movies. Now, Akshay Kumar starrer PadMan has hit theatres and it is based on social stigma related to the menstrual cycle. However, PadMan is not alone. Earlier, Aamir Khan’s PK or 3 Idiots or even Shah Rukh Khan’s Chak De India! delved into niche areas and scripted big success at the BO. The public accepted these movies based on social issues warmly. Some of them have even gone on to become blockbusters in that time. So, check out here 5 Bollywood movies on social causes that were a success before PadMan.
1- Toilet Ek Prem Katha:
The Akshay Kumar, Bhumi Pednekar starrer was 2017 comedy-drama. It was released on August 11, 2017, and was a satirical comedy in support of PM Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat campaign with an emphasis on creating open defecation free society. It was launched in 2014 to improve sanitation conditions. The film got three nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards comprising of Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. It was a blockbuster hit and had earned over Rs 200 cr.
2- Peepli Live:
An offbeat movie, the plot of Peepli Live is based on farmer suicides, government policies, corruption and vote bank politics. An Aamir Khan production, the movie was released on August 13, 2010, and had earned over Rs 40 crore. It was a critically acclaimed movie and had opened the minds of many in relation to farmer suicides and government’s negligence towards it. Peepli Live was India’s official entry for the 83rd Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category, although it was not nominated.
Mardaani is a 2014 Indian crime thriller that is based on human-trafficking in India and also breaks the stereotypes around women. Rani Mukherji plays the protagonist, who is an educated and empowered woman who makes no bones about the patriarchal society. It earned over Rs 50 crore worldwide.
4- Taare Zameen Par:
Taare Zameen Par starring Darsheel Safary in the lead was a brilliant feature film and was the story of probably every middle-class house in India. The movie portrays characters of different kinds inspired by the society. TZP explores the needs of ‘special’ children in this an eight-year-old who is suffering from autism and what these children can give to the society. The movie earned over Rs 80 crores overall and was the best film of 2008.
5- Chak De India:
Shah Rukh starrer was released in 2007 and had many social messages hidden in it. One of the cult movies of Bollywood, Chak De India deals with different social issues during the entire narrative of the movie – religious bigotry, the legacy of the Partition of India, ethnic and regional prejudice, and sexism in contemporary India through field hockey. It also brings to light the gender biases. It earned over Rs 100 crore worldwide.