Akshay Kumar’s PadMan Pushed To February To Avoid Clash With Bhansali’s movie Padmavat.
PadMan: PadMan has been postponed to February 9, the film’s star announced today in a joint press conference with Padmavat director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. PadMan, co-starring Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte was the film originally booked for the Republic Day weekend – Padmavat, cleared for release by the Censor Board earlier this month, also announced two weeks ago that it would open on January 25. Speaking to the press, Akshay Kumar revealed that PadMan was being moved at the request of Mr. Bhansali, whose film has weathered months of violent protests.
Rumours of ‘PadMan’ makers postponing their release were doing the rounds online, however, it was only confirmed on Friday evening with the makers releasing an official statement announcing their new release date. With ‘PadMan’ being the second Hindi film, after Aiyaary to bow out of a battle with the Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus, it only means that the fictional periodic drama will enjoy a solo release over the long holiday weekend.
Padmavat has been made after facing a lot of difficulties, we decided on the release date of 25 Jan but it was with Akshay Kumar’s film PadMan. We then requested him to move the release date of his film ahead and he agreed,” Bhansali was quoted as saying by ANI.
PadMan, a biographical comedy-drama, is a fictionalized account of Tamil Nadu-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who created affordable sanitary napkins for the women of his village.
Recently, the makers of Aiyaary also decided to push the release date of the action-thriller to February 9.
Akshay Postpones PadMan On Request of Padmaavat Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Earlier, when Akshay was asked about his reaction on the possible clash of PadMan and Bhansali’s period film, he had said, “It is not about competition, it is a very big day, a big week, so all the films can come. Both the films can release on that day. Every film has the right to release whenever they (makers) want, and I am happy for them.
Padmavat, previously titled Padmavati, was originally scheduled to release last month but was postponed after its application for certification was rejected by the Prasoon Joshi-led Censor Board. The film has been opposed by fringe Rajput groups who are concerned that Padmavat, based on the legend of Rani Padmini, incorrectly depicts a romance between the queen, played by Deepika Padukone, and Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh. The Censor passed the film this month with five edits that included dropping the ‘i’ from the title. Protests continued, with states such as Rajasthan announcing they would not screen the film despite Censor clearance. The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the ban in the states.
PadMan stars Akshay Kumar as A Muruganantham, inventor of the low-cost sanitary napkin machine. Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna produces while the film is directed by R Balki. The controversial Padmavat is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, played by Deepika Padukone. Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji with Shahid Kapoor as Ratan Singh. The film has been violently opposed by fringe Rajput groups and states like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh announced they would not screen the film, despite the Censor Board’s clearance. The Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the ban in the states.
In a previous interaction, when asked about the box-office clash, Akshay was quoted saying, It is not about competition, it is a very big day, a big week, so all the films can come, both the films can release on that day. Every film has the right to release whenever they want, and I am happy for them.Akshay Kumar’s PadMan will now share the box-office with Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘Aiyaary’ when it hits theatres on February 9. Padmavat, on the other hand, is scheduled to release on 25 January, with paid previews organized for 24 January.