Akshay Kumar, also known as Khiladi Kumar is not only darling of masses, exhibitors and producers, but also of film industry. The Khiladi Kumar showed his big heartedness and decided to postpone his film for “Padmaavat”. It was set to be the first major box-office clash of the year on January 25, but in the interest of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial drama “Padmaavat” set to hit the screens after a lengthy row, actor Akshay Kumar announced that he is shifting the release of his Padman to February 9.
“Bhansali sir asked me if I can move my film… See, we are one family and I can understand he has gone through a lot, he has put a lot of money, the studio people have put a lot of money. I would want Padmaavat to release solo and would like to wish him luck,” Akshay told media persons at his residence.
Bhansali, who has co-produced” Padmaavat” with Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said he was grateful to Akshay for the gesture. “I requested Akshay if he can shift the film because he is such a big star and our troubles might have increased if we would have released the film together. He knows all our troubles, so he didn’t even take two minutes and said, ‘Whatever you want, however you want, I am with you’,” Bhansali said, adding that he will be grateful to Akshay for a “lifetime”.
Akshay and Bhansali are close friends in real life. The two have worked in films like “Rowdy Rathore” and “Gabbar”, which were produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It is also speculated that the two will join hands next year.
Akshay’s “Padman” which marks his wife Twinke Khanna’s maiden production venture tells the story of a real-life superhero who invented a low-cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine to bring a menstrual hygiene revolution for women. Its unique story, inspiring message and Akshay’s portrayal as a common man’s hero, has kept the anticipation level high for the R. Balki directorial, which also features Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.
Earlier, “Padman” was slated to clash with “Aiyaary”. But after the makers of “Padmaavat” secured a U/A certificate from the censor board after incorporating five modifications, and locked the release date as January 25 — tapping into the long Republic Day weekend, the makers of “Aiyaary” shifted the film’s release date to February 9. Now, the clash is back to square one. “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, which was expected to hit screens on February 9 will now release on February 23.
It has been a long journey for “Padmaavat”, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. From being assaulted on the film’s set in Jaipur to his set being vandalised in Kolhapur to getting threats from detractors — Bhansali has been facing the ire of organisations that are up in arms against the period drama since its inception — from when it was titled “Padmavati”.
Months after facing opposition, the makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, clarified that the film is based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem Padmavat, and does not distort historical facts — as was being alleged by some Rajput outfits.
The makers heaved a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court paved the way for an all-India release for the movie, saying it was incumbent upon the state governments to ensure maintenance of law and order.
“Padman” may have lost a good date. But it is better to release opposite smaller film than “Padmavaat”, which has more buzz. February 9th date is actually better as there are two holidays and a Valentines Day plus Mahashivratri boost is better than a Republic Day boost by around 5-10%.