Akshay Kumar has had a really fruitful 2018 with all three of his releases 'PadMan', 'Gold' and '2.0' becoming blockbusters. The R Balki directorial in particular earned critical as well as commercial acclaim thanks to the message of spreading awareness about personal hygiene for women. It came to light recently that the film has found a release in Japan, and now the collections of the film are in.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, 'PadMan' has worked its charm in the Land of the Rising Sun. In roughly a month's tenure since its release, it has amassed Rs 4.32 crore so far. Now, for a country like Japan where there is little to no market for Bollywood films unlike China, this is actually a pretty good number. It seems that with 'PadMan' doing so well there, Akshay Kumar may have unlocked a potential new market for Indian cinema.
'PadMan' initially released in India on February 9, 2018, and eventually in Japan on December 7, 2018. Based on a novel titled 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad' written by Twinkle Khanna, the film is inspired by real-life social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham, a native of TamilNadu who invented low cast sanitary napkins especially for women in rural areas.
Other than this film, Reema Kagti's 'Gold' was also a box office success, where Akshay essayed the role of a drunk coach of Bengali descent, who trained Indian athletes for their first ever Olympic gold. Last but definitely not the least, Khiladi Kumar ruled the box office with the Rajinikanth starrer '2.0', which amassed massive collections in India as well as abroad. The actor will be beginning the year with Indian period war drama film 'Kesari'.
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