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From Padman to Aiyaary: Padmaavat release date of Jan 25 changes schedule of 7 films

Seven films, including Akshay Kumar’s Padman and Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, have shifted their release dates after it was announced that Padmaavat will come out on January 25.

bollywood Updated: Jan 22, 2018 14:08 IST
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Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in Padmaavat. The film will hit theatres on January 25.
Deepika Padukone plays Rani Padmini in Padmaavat. The film will hit theatres on January 25.

After much hue and cry, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat is finally releasing in theatres on January 25, with a few limited paid previews of the evening of January 24. However, the film that was initially slated to release on December 1, 2017, has now caused major changes in the Bollywood calendar of 2018. At least seven films have shifted their release dates over the past two months, surrounding the developments around the Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor-starrer film.

Originally titled Padmavati, the film is based on Mohammad Jayasi’s poem Padmavat and traces the story of Rajput queen Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji.

Shahid and Deepika in a still from Padmaavat.
Shahid and Deepika in a still from Padmaavat.

In November, a delay in certification from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) forced Padmaavat makers to announce that the film will not release on December 1. This resulted in three films shifting their release dates - Kapil Sharma’s Firangi was shifted from November 24 to December 1 and Fukrey Returns that was scheduled to hit theatres on December 15 was moved to December 8. Sunny Leone, Arbaaz Khan-starrer Tera Intezaar, which was initially slated to hit theatres on November 23, also shifted its release date to December 1.

After Padmaavat got a final release date earlier this month, Neeraj Pandey was the first one to move his film Aiyaary from January 25 to February 9. The Sidharth Malhotra-Manoj Bajpayee-starrer was initially set for a box office clash with Akshay Kumar’s Padman.

Luv Ranjan, of Pyaar Ka Punchnaama fame, originally planned to release his next film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety on February 9. The film will now hit theatres on February 23.

On Saturday, Akshay Kumar announced he has decided to shift the release of Padman from January 25 to February 9. Bhansali, Deepika and Ranveer thanked Akshay for his kind gesture. The filmmaker had approached Kumar and asked for the shifting of his film starring Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

John Abraham’s Parmanu, which was initially set for a theatrical release on February 23, will now release on March 2.

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First Published: Jan 22, 2018 11:48 IST

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