Actor Akshay Kumar set an example in the history of Indian cinema on Friday by displaying his big heart when he decided to postpone his upcoming film ‘Pad Man’ which was clashing with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmaavat’. During media interaction, once again he showed his witty side when he pulled Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s leg saying that after he averted clash between ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Padmaavat’, now Sanjay Leela Bhansali now make ‘Rowdy Rathore 2’ with me.
Akshay Kumar has worked in Sanjay Leela Bhansali produced successful film ‘Rowdy Rathore’ therefore, as friendly gesture, he decided to postpone release of ‘Pad man’ which was clashing with ‘Padmavat’, talking about that, Akshay said, “My film ‘Pad Man’ was scheduled to release on 25th January along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ but today when I was doing my rehearsals for Filmfare awards that time, Sanajay Leela Bhansali’s came and requested me to postpone ‘Pad Man’ release date as I have worked with him earlier so I feel we film industry is one family and I can understand he has gone through a lot and his team’s so much money riding on the film. I know that one big day can bear two film releases but I personally feel that stake of ‘Pamdaavat’ is much higher than ‘Pad Man’. I would like to thank my producers Sony Pictures and KriArz Entertainment for accepting it because they have also invested money in our film. “
On a lighter note, pulling Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s leg, Akshay said, “After I averted clash between ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Padmaavat, now Sanjay Leela Bhansali will make ‘Rowdy Rathore 2’ with me.”
Talking about Akshay Kumar’s supreme sacrifice as a friendly gesture, Sanjay Leela Bhansali said, “Padmaavat has gone through really tough times. When CBFC passed out film, then we decided to release our film 25 January but on that Akshay sir’s ‘Pad Man’ was also slated to release so we when meet and requested him to postpone release of his film because to sustain opposite big star like him would have been difficult for us so he didn’t took even two minutes to postpone his film and I think it needs a very large heart to be exude so much goodness. I couldn’t believed what I was hearing and I think I will be grateful to him for a lifetime for what he has done. I think the industry, the world can understand that this is a place to be in because this is how we behave with each other, stand by each other and respect each other. I think fraternity will be very proud of what Akshay has done today because it’s a gesture would otherwise quite impossible in this industry”
Starring Shahid Kappor, Depika Padukone and Ranveer Singh , ‘Padmaavat’ will have solo release on 25th January, 2018 whereas, Starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte , “Pad Man’ will now release on 9th February, 2018.