In 2018, Akshay magnanimously postponed the release of his Padman to give Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat a run for its own money. Now, Akshay is facing another big competitor – Baahubali director SS Rajamouli’s RRR. And this time, it’s an equally big release date – Eid 2020. Apparently, Rajamouli is already angling for Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi, the big cop film directed by Rohit Shetty which has been scheduled for release Eid 2020, to be removed as an Eid release so that his RRR can be the solo release for the festival.
Karan Johar, the producer of Sooryavanshi who is very close to Rajamouli is being asked to reconsider his release date. But here is why Akshay Kumar is unlikely to budge this time. According to a source in the know, “There’s really no competition between a film bringing together the deadly combo of Akshay and Rohit Shetty, and a film by Rajamouli. Not everything that Rajamouli makes would have the universal appeal of Baahubali.”
In fact, the RRR team is making frantic attempts to get North Indian audiences into their ambit. Ajay Devgan and Alia Bhatt have been roped into to balance out the Ramcharan Teja/NTR Jr combo (both of who are non-entities in the North).
More Bollywood stars are being approached to work in RRR. Apparently Sanjay Dutt and Varun Dhawan have also been approached. Will RRR prove to be a tough competition to Akshay? Watch this space for more.