New Delhi: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat is all set to hit the theaters on January 25, 2018. On the other hand, Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor starrer Padman was also slated to release on the same day. The clash has now been averted as Padman will now release on February 9, 2018. Akshay agreed to postpone release of the film so that Bhansali's film, that has been surrounded by controversies ever since its inception, can get a solo release.
The lead cast of Padmaavat thanked Akshay for his support.
Actress Deepika Padukone who is playing the title role in the film, expressing her gratitude to Akshay, wrote, "Only from the heart can you touch the sky - Rumi. On behalf of team 'Padmaavat', a big, big thank you to the team 'Pad Man' for your support and generosity!"
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 19, 2018
Shahid Kapoor, who also plays a key role, tweeted, "Thank you, Akshay Kumar, for being ever so gracious. Can't wait to see 'PadMan'. Much love and luck."
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) January 19, 2018
Ranveer Singh tweeted, "Big man with a big heart! Akshay Kumar, grateful to you sir, much love and respect."
Big Man with a Big Heart! @akshaykumar ... Grateful to you, Sir .... Mad Love and Respect
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) January 19, 2018
The film features Deepika as Rani Padmavati along with Shahid Kapoor playing Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.
On Friday evening, alongside the director Bhansali, Akshay announced the reschedule release date of his film. Respecting his gesture, Bhansali said, "I will be grateful to Akshay for a lifetime."
(With agency inputs)