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Aiyaary release date shifted to February 16, Akshay Kumar’s PadMan will be a solo release

Initially, Aiyaary was planned to release during the long weekend of the Republic Day. Later, Akshay Kumar also announced that he will release his new film PadMan on the same day.

bollywood Updated: Feb 05, 2018 19:22 IST
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Aiyaary is directed by Neeraj Pandey.
Aiyaary is directed by Neeraj Pandey.

The makers of Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra-starrer Aiyaary have decided to shift the release of their film to February 16. Earlier, it was scheduled to hit the screens with Akshay Kumar’s PadMan on February 9.

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted the film’s new release date.

Initially, Aiyaary was planned to release during the long weekend of the Republic Day. Later, Akshay Kumar also announced that he will release his new film PadMan on the same day. He finally chose January 25 as his release date.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, got a clearance from the Censor Board. More than Rs 180 crore was on stake for Bhansali’s film, so he also wanted a longer weekend. Finally, he decided to hit the screens on January 25, the same date as PadMan. Considering it to be the clash of the titans, the producers of relatively small-budget film Aiyaary, decided to shift their film to February 9.

Bhansali’s highly controversial film convinced Akshay Kumar to not go public on the same date and thus he picked February 9 as his preferred release date. Eventually, Padmaavat released on January 24 in paid previews.

Now, when Aiyaary is shifted to a new date, it’ll be a free run for PadMan which is likely to get more than 2000 screens.

In an earlier interview, Sidharth Malhotra said he signed Aiyaary because he wanted to take risks in his career. “Deep-rooted characters like in ‘Ittefaq’ or ‘Aiyaary’, had lot of depth, which I personally like. and I think you just grow (as actor). I think to do just a love story becomes sightly frivolous. If you do not have crutches of a love story, then the character has multiple layers and can take you on a different journey in a film,” said Sidharth.