Akshay Kumar and his noble gestures aren’t a secret to anyone in the industry. The Khiladi Kumar has a heart of an ocean’s size and never fails to extend a helping hand, each time his friends are in need. Case in point here is the recently announced delay of the release of his Pad Man, making way for the solo release Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat. Bhansali and Akshay made a joint appearance in Mumbai on Friday to address the media and officialize the new release date of Akshay’s film.Earlier in the evening today trade expert Komal Nahta posted a tweet confirming that Akshay’s Pad Man will now hit theatres on February 26 this year.
Naturally, Sanjay Leela Bhansali couldn’t stop gushing about Akshay Kumar’s big-hearted gesture. It is not every day you see a superstar postponing the release of his movie, which mind you could have made money easily, only to let someone release their film. Indebted as he is, SLB thanked Akki for backing his magnum opus which has been in the eye of the storm for the longest time we remember. “I think, for the gesture that Akshay has made, all of us should give him a big hand for this is really, really unheard of. Thank you so much. And God bless,” Bhansali said the press conference on Friday.
Bhansali’s labour of love Padmaavat was initially scheduled to hit the screens on December 1, 2017. But as protests from various fringe groups refused to die down and the CBFC had sent back the historic drama suggesting certain changes be made before certification, the Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor starrer was postponed indefinitely. Bhansali then picked January 25, a day before Pad Man was slated to release, only to realize later the Twinkle Khanna production had been preponed by a day.
Prod Akshay Kumar why the superstar agreed to postpone his film and let Sanjay Leela Bhansali have a solo release for Padmaavat, he revealed, “Because they have a reason to release it this time. It’s very essential for them to release it as quickly as possible. So, I understand it. Yes that could have also happened. But the point is not about fighting or clashing. I’ll tell you this much also that we both can easily come on this date because the business can happen. There are 4500-5000 theatres and we both can share it. But at the moment, the stake of their film is much more higher than mine. He is a very personal, dear friend of mine. I have done many films. So he asked it. And I went ahead.”
“I am sorry for being late with my film. There is no point of clashing now. I can completely understand that his (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) need is more for this date than mine. So, I will just go ahead. I am also grateful to my studios Sony and Kriraj for accepting the whole thing because they have also invested in this,” added Akshay Kumar.
PadMan will now release on February 26 and Padmaavat shall hit the screens on January 25.