Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnanimous Padmavati/Padmavat might just get a release date and that too on Republic day 2018. If the reports are to believed than the makers of Padmavati are planning to release the film on Republic day and it will be a huge clash because Akshay Kumar’s highly anticipated film is also releasing on Republic day. Not just Padman but Siddharth Malhotra starrer Aiyary is also coming on the same day. The clash of tickets between Padman and Aiyaary is sad enough as both the films are medium budgeted and are bound to hurt each other’s audience base as the director of Aiyaary Neeraj Pandey has made his audience on the stardom of Akshay Kumar. Akshay Kumar has got the maximum number of audience and credibility from working in Neeraj Pandey ventures be it Baby, Special 26, Naam Shabana or their joint porductions such as Rustom and Toilet- Ek prem Katha.
If a mammoth and controversial film like Padmavati releases on the Republic day than at least one of those films have to make because to recover it’s investment Padmavati wants as many screens as possible. Padman and Aiyaary are also quite wide releases hence the number of screens will clearly fall short for at least one film. In an event yesterday, Akshay Kumar made it clear that come what may Padman will not move it’s release date even if it has to compete with Padmavati on box office.
If the circumstances arise than Aiyaary is most likely to be the one that moves it’s release date. It’s in the air supply that Padmavati might release on 9 Febraury which means Anushka Sharma’s Pari and Luv Ranjan’s Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety will have to shift their theatrical release. Indian box office is experiencing a 2 month long earthquake now as Padmavati is like a sword now, it will vanish wherever it drops. Films are changing release dates like anything only because no one is sure of the release date of Padmavati.