In a joint press conference today Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Leela Bhansali sat together and revealed why Padman was pushed to 9 February. Padmaavat has been in the line of violent protests that nearly got to killing director Sanjay Bhansali and finally film has the release date on 25 January, a slot which was already acquired by Akshay Kumar for his film Padman. In the recent turn of events Akshay announced that he is moving his film to 9 February where he will be clashing with Siddharth Malhotra’s Aiyaary, which he already was on republic day when Aiyaary was going to release on 26 January.
Akshay mentioned that Sanjay Bhansali is “a dear friend” and on his request he agreed to shift the release date and not cash in on republic day long weekend. Akshay said, ” He [Sanjay Bhansali] has gone through a lot. It is essential for them to release the film at this time, their stakes are higher than mine.” Akshay has proved that he is not just one of the biggest superstars but also a kind hearted gentleman in every which way. Makers of Padmaavat have gone through hell and back in order to get a release.
Padmaavat director Sanjay Bhansali said, ” I will be grateful to him [Akshay Kumar] for a lifetime. This is how we stand with each other.” Sanjay Bhansali once produced the biggest hit of Akshay Kumar’s career by the name of Rowdy Rathore and that friendship has proven to be of some action and not just words. Akshay is a big star and could have gotten good number of screens for his film but this would seriously harm Bhansali’s 200 crore mammoth film which got banned by four states until supreme court came to the rescue and lifted the ban so film can at least be released in all over country despite of Karni Sena’s violent and dangerous threats.