- Padmavat and PadMan are releasing on January 25
- Trade pundits say that Padmavat vs PadMan may not be bad news
- I think we are coming on January 26: Aiyaary actor Sidharth Malhotra
On Monday, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted that Aiyaary's release date has been shifted to February 9 (when it will clash with Anushka Sharma's Pari) but a confirmation from the filmmakers is awaited.
It’s OFFICIAL... #Aiyaary shifted to 9 Feb 2018... Neeraj Pandey directs... Stars Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 8, 2018
Aiyaary's release date was announced weeks after Akshay had announced PadMan will hit the screens on January 26. Aiyaary director Neeraj Pandey braced for a clash anyway. An insider told news agency IANS that Neeraj Pandey, who has directed Akshay in Special 26 and Baby had a falling out over the financing of their proposed project titled Crack. "Neeraj still went ahead with the release of Aiyaary. Why? Because the two have fallen out over financial issues," a source told IANS.
Of clashing with Padmavat, Akshay told news agency PTI: "Every film has the right to release whenever they (makers) want, and I am happy for them." In recent times, Akshay Kumar has emerged victorious in box office battles. In 2016, Rustom bested Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro and before that Airlift beat Kya Kool Hai Hum 3. But it cannot be ignored that luck also favoured Sanjay Leela Bhansali when his film Bajirao Mastani clashed at the box office with Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale in 2015.
According to trade pundits, PadMan vs Padmavat may not be bad news at all. Komal Nahta told news agency IANS: "Both the films boast of solid storylines, so, they will perform well. It's a holiday weekend, and the audience will try to catch them both."
(With inputs from IANS and PTI)