- Padmavat was earlier scheduled to release on December 1
- The film's new release date might effect PadMan and Aiyaary
- PadMan features Akshay Kumar, Aiyaary features Sidharth Malhotra
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
Date allocation is crucial and despite the logistical hassles of rescheduling, few films want to go up against competition on the scale of Padmavat which boasts a stacked cast of Deepika, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Plus, the first two actors and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali have already delivered two previous hits in Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani and could well be headed for a hattrick. Akshay and PadMan are standing their ground and while Akshay has usually bested the other film in earlier clashes like Rustom vs Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro, its worth remembering that Bajirao Mastani was the underdog when it opened against Dilwale (Shah Rukh Khan + Kajol + Rohit Shetty) and emerged golden.
Twitter has trended #Padmavat and, on the whole, thinks Aiyaary was wise to exit a crowded box office:
Padmavat is based on the legend of Rani Padmini of Chittor, played by Deepika Padukone. Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor play Alauddin Khilji and Rawal Ratan Singh.
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