Bollywood stars going head to head at the box office with their films is not a rarity. In turn, having big films releasing on the same day is often considered good for the country’s cinema industry. But it looks like a recent change in release date might have been taken in bad light. Earlier, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Inshallah was announced to be released on Eid 2020, along with Rohit Shetty’s Sooryavanshi, but that has now been changed. The latter has preponed the release of his film for Inshallah and it did upset quite a few people, including Sooryavanshi actor Akshay Kumar.
According to reports, and their Instagram posts as well, Salman Khan – who is all set to star in Sanjay’s Inshallah – asked Rohit to change the release of his film. Rohit politely agreed and the two made the announcement on their relevant social media handles. However, rumours now state that the male lead of Sooryavanshi, Akshay was not involved in this decision making process. A source close to the development team revealed, “Akshay was not even taken into confidence before the decision to prepone Sooryavanshi was taken. It was all decided between Salman and Rohit, and the announcement was made on a public platform. This has left Akshay fuming.”
Even some fans were upset with this change and wanted to boycott Rohit, but Akshay calmed them down. In his tweet, he wrote, “Since the past few days I’ve noticed certain negative trends being done by people dearest to me, you guys. I can see and understand your angst. All I can do is request you all with folded hands not to start or participate in such trends. I took up Sooryavanshi with a very positive outlook. Let’s continue making and releasing it in the same way.” The film is now reported to release on March 27, 2020.
This isn’t the first time that Akshay had to change the release date of his film. In 2018, the actor voluntarily shifted his film, Padman from releasing on the same date as Sanjay’s Padmaavat. However, a source told, “Akshay was in no mood to move this time. It was all done between Salman and Rohit.” Moreover, relations between Salman and Akshay have always been troublesome. The two were supposed to come together and co-producer Kesari along with filmmaker, Karan Johar but Salman opted out of the project. It was then only produced by Karan and released earlier this year on March 21, raking in about Rs 230 crore at the box office.