Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been in dangerous waters, ever since the team started shooting. Fringe groups like the Shri Rajput Karni Sena have accused them of "distorting" history.
In the midst of furore and protest, the film was postponed from its December 1, 2017 release.
Despite the green signal from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the protests against Padmaavat continue.
Last week, Padmaavat makers announced that the film will release on January 25. Initially, Akshay Kumar's Pad Man, was meant to release on the same day. However, the makers of Padmaavat requested Akshay to shift the release of his film, in order to avoid the massive box office clash.
Akshay has now shifted Pad Man to February 9. He confirmed this in a press conference, outside his house.
The Padmaavat team has expressed their gratitude and relief in various ways. At the press conference, Bhansali said, "You all know our film got made after facing a lot of difficulties. We chose January 25 as the release date, which was Akshayji's. So, today we requested Akshay if he could shift the release. He is such a big star. It would have been a problem for us had the two films released together.''
He further added, "He is aware of all our difficulties. So, it didn't take him even two minutes and he said, 'You do whatever and whenever, I am with you.' It takes a large heart and a lot of goodness. I will be grateful to him for a lifetime for what he has done."
Ranveer and Deepika expressed their overflowing gratitude through tweets. Ranveer wrote, "Big Man with a Big Heart! @akshaykumar. Grateful to you, Sir. Love and Respect." (sic).
Big Man with a Big Heart! @akshaykumar ... Grateful to you, Sir ....❤️ Mad Love and Respect 🙏🏽
Along with a quote from the poet Rumi, Deepika wrote, "On behalf of Team Padmaavat, a big big thank you to Team Padman for your support and generosity." (sic).
Shahid Kapoor tweeted as well.
Thank you @akshaykumar for being ever so gracious. Can’t wait to see #padman. Much love and luck. From team #padmaavat
Padmaavat is based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi's poem Padmavat, written in the 15th century. It tells the tale of the beautiful Rani Padmini of Chittorgarh. She committed jauhar (self-immolation), to avoid falling into the clutches of Turkish invader Alauddin Khilji.