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 boxoffice 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 LalSingh 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.
It is to be noted that Christmas is traditionally regarded as Aamir Khan’s slot while some of Akshay’s recent hits such as Baby and Airlift were released on Republic day. Akshay’s Padmantoo was to release on Republic Day in 2018 but again, in another gesture of magnanimity Akshay had removed Padman from the ‘Republic’ week to facilitate the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
As Akshay takes Bachchan Pandey to Republic week 2021, his other film Nikhil Advani’s stylish and chic period film Bell Bottom which was to release on January 22 will now release on 2 April.
All of these crucial release decisions were taken within 24 hours, leaving the trade dizzy with with the upheavals.