Sonam Kapoor in R Balki's Padman: Actor takes tabla lessons as part of character building

Recently, Vidya Balan was seen playing a classical instrument in the songs of Srijit Mukherji's upcoming period drama Begum Jaan. Another female actor, Sonam Kapoor will be seen playing the tabla in R Balki's upcoming social drama Padman.

Sonam Kapoor Image courtesy: Reuters

Sonam Kapoor. Reuters

In fact, DNA reports that she has been taking lessons to play the instrument from the 28 year old renowned tabla player and percussionist Mukta Madan Raste for two months now. Kapoor has been taking time out from her busy schedule to visit Mukta at least once a week for tabla lessons. Even while she is traveling, she carries a music book and rehearses on her own.

Interestingly, Mukta will also be seen playing a short role in the film as a sarangi player. She will be seen training Kapoor's character in the film.

Kapoor will join the cast and crew of Padman in Madhya Pradesh this Monday. Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte have been shooting for Padman in Indore for a month now.

Padman is the biopic of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the social entrepreneur who invented low cost sanitary pads, particularly for illiterate or uneducated rural women. Kumar plays Muruganantham's role in the film and Apte plays his wife who leaves his place as soon as she discovers what Muruganantham is up to, since menstruation is a taboo in India.

The story has already been covered by Kumar's wife and actor-turned-columnist Twinkle Khanna in her second book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad. Now, Khanna is all set to open her own production house called Mrs Funnybones Movies, inspired from her pen name and the name of her first book. Padman will be the first film to be produced under her new banner.

The film is also rumoured to star Amitabh Bachchan, a regular collaborator of Balki, who will share the screen space with Kumar after 12 years.


Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 03:29 pm | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 03:29 pm

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