Akshay Kumar’s magnanimity will benefit Padmaavat but Padmaavat BY SAEED NASIR


Padmaavat (Remaining to Right) Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid
So Akshay Kumar made a decision to postpone his own Pad Man to February 9 at the behest of his filmmaker good friend Sanjay Leela Bhansali. With this magnanimous gesture, he paved just how for Padmaavat, which stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, to obtain a solo march on the Republic Day weekend.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHERE Does indeed THIS LARGESSE STEM FROM?
Akshay has done two videos — Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Gabbar is Again (2015) — produced by Bhansali. Both were superhits. So, certainly there’s a whole lot of goodwill and trust between the two. From the mutually beneficial romantic relationship.

In fact, the Bollywood superstar even joked that after Bhansali achieved him and submit his request asking him to go Pad Man to advantage his own Padmaavat, they also discussed doing Rowdy Rathore 2.

SO IN ALL THIS, AKSHAY HAS APPEAR SMELLING LIKE ROSES
Yeah, sample this. SLB said that Akshay’s generosity experienced no parallel in the industry. “This is how we stand by and respect one another,” he exclaimed with folded hands, looking in Akki’s path. “I am going to remain thankful to him for life,” he added considerably. He further explained, “The fraternity will be happy because it’s a gesture that is in any other case quite impossible in this industry.”

THEN IT HAD BEEN AKSHAY’S CONSIDER SCRATCH BHANSALI’S BACK
“I could completely understand that Sanjay’s need of this date is more than mine,” said Akshay at the press convention organised on the lawns outside his home on Fri evening to announce why he previously made a decision to defer his own movie to February 9. “They’ve been through a whole lot and the stakes because of their film are higher. He’s a great friend so when he asked for this, I went ahead with the postponement.”

THE ‘PERIOD’ FILM HAS MADE METHOD FOR THE HISTORICAL
So, the period (no pun designed) film, Pad Man, has made way for the historical, Padmaavat. However, not everyone is happy by this great gesture.

WHAT GOES ON TO US? ASK EXHIBITORS AND Marketers OF PAD MAN?
Though the Supreme Courtroom has lifted the ban on Padmaavat throughout the country, fringe communities and miscreants continue to threaten theatre halls where in fact the movie is slated to play. Raju Bansal, one of the leading Bollywood film distributors-exhibitors, who is based mostly out of Jaipur, says, “I was not distributing Padmaavat because till two days and nights ago, the fate of the film in our talk about was a question mark.”

He added, “I applaud the SC’s decision to lift up the ban. No filmmaker should be placed through what SLB has faced. But at exactly the same time, it has kept some people with hardly any time for you to plan. I needed neither considered the distribution privileges of Padmaavat for Rajasthan nor was I likely to screen it in any of my theatres in Jaipur because as I said before, we didn’t know how things would play out.”

Like Bansal, there are other exhibitors too from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh who possessed reserved screens only for Pad Man. Now that this film won’t play on the Republic Day weekend, they are in a loss.

 

One hears that a meeting will be held on Monday nighttime by exhibitors in Rajasthan to have a final call on their future plan of action. Their decision would be announced by Tuesday day. A source says, “All of them will now display screen Padmaavat by default. However, most are still concerned about vandalism by fringe organizations. Of course, their state is committed to giving them authorities protection but how far this should go in assisting their cause is not known. The thing is, when they had a choice of playing at least Pad Man, they recognized their theatre halls wouldn’t be clear. But with Pad Man moving out to give Bhansali’s film a solo release, theatres must wear their armoury and put up with Padmaavat.”