After SC cleared the way for a national release for Padmaavat, everyone thought it would be interesting to watch the clash between Padman and Padmaavat – both slated for release on January 25 this year.

But thankfully, this clash of the titans has been averted. Padman will now be relased on 9th February. This has been done just so that both the films do not eat into each other’s audience share. It is expected that both films will do well and a long weekend would have been just another way of getting more people into the theatres. But Akshay has gracefully bowed out of the Republic Day weekend race.

In a joint conference, Akshay and Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced the new release dates for both films. Sanjay elaborated that since he had been friends with Akshay for a long time, they both discussed the issue and mutually decided to not compete with each other.

Kudos to Akshay for this act of grace! Not many stars in Bollywood have the grace to bow down from such a situation to accomodate another film!

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Lavanya Mehra


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