Akshay Kumar Shuffles the Release Dates of his Films in Just a Day
Both Bachchan Pandey and Bell Bottom, two of Akshay Kumar’s upcoming films have had their release dates changed
It is busy times for the superstar. When you are Akshay Kumar, you can move your releases around as you like. But the double release shift that Akshay pulled off on Monday left a lot of people wondering about the growing power of Akshay’s box-office clout. Akshay has shifted not just one but two forthcoming releases within 24 hours. Firstly his Bachchan Pandey, produced by his buddy Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by their Housefull director Farhad Samji, was to come on December 25 alongside Aamir Khan’s Lal Singh Chadha (the official remake of the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump). In a gesture of magnanimity Akshay has voluntarily moved Bachchan Pandey to the Republic Day slot April 22 , 2021. As is well known, December is Aamir Khan’s favourite period for releasing his films as some of his biggest hits like Taare Zameen Par have hit the theatres during this period.
Interestingly, Akshay Kumar’s favourite time of the year is January when some of his big hits like Baby and Airlift were released. In 2018, Akshay Kumar found himself in a piquant situation when his Padman, co-starring Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor, was up for release on Republic Day. He faced competition from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavaat starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. Bhansali’s film was highly controversial and much anticipated. But a clash with Padman would have harmed both the films’ prospects. So in another gesture of magnanimity Akshay had removed Padman from the ‘Republic’ week to facilitate the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavaat. Padmavaat went on to become a huge hit and thankfully so did Padman when it released a couple of months later.
I know there are enough memes out there about me clashing with myself one day but 22nd January, 2021 is not that day #BellBottom will now release on 2nd April, 2021!@ranjit_tiwari @vashubhagnani @honeybhagnani @monishaadvani @nikkhiladvani @EmmayEntertain @poojafilms pic.twitter.com/0Z3f5ZMa3q— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 27, 2020
Meanwhile, another Akshay film, apart from Bachchan Pandey has been reshuffled. Nikhil Advani’s stylish and chic period film Bell Bottom which was to release on January 22 will now release on 2 April in 2021. The best part is that all of these crucial release decisions were taken within 24 hours, leaving the trade dizzy with the upheavals. But when you are Akshay Kumar – recently anointed one of the richest stars in the world – shuffling around the release dates comes easy.