While PadMan and Padmaavat have been garnering enough hype of their own, their clash at the box-office also seems to be drawing a lot of attention.
PadMan was scheduled to be released on January 25 and Padmavaat (earlier titled Padmavati) on December 1 but the controversy surrounding Padmaavat pushed the release date to January 25 creating a lot of ruckus.
When a leading daily asked PadMan producer Twinkle Khanna about the clash, she said, “It’s not pleasant for both [the parties] and will impact both. But they have also been through enough of their own hurdles. But I wish they would have come a week earlier or a week after us preferably. I am sure Mr [Sanjay Leela] Bhansali has made a wonderful movie but we are very confident of our content. So, I am not apprehensive, and we are not going to move or anything because we are very happy with what [date] we have.
“He has been making relevant choices. He has also been undergoing a personal evolution. What I find remarkable, as somebody who has been with him for almost 18 years now, is that he isn’t afraid to take leaps and change with times and grow. Even his thought process vis-à-vis what he would think 10 years ago and now, is evolving. That’s [how] all of us [are] at this age.”
R. Balki’s PadMan, based on Arunachalam Muruganantham (inventor of low-cost sanitary napkins for women in rural areas) stars Akshay Kumar, Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor.