The makers of Akshay Kumar’s ‘Padman’ have decided to postpone the release of the movie to avoid clashing with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’.

‘Padmaavat’ was earlier scheduled to release in the month of December but the release got postponed to January 24th due to country wide protests and failure to get a clearance from Central Board of Film Certification.

‘Padman’ directed by R Balki was supposed to release on January 25, but now it will arrive in theatres on February 9. Padmaavat will also have some late-night shows on January 24.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 met Team ‘PadMan’ in Worli, when Sanjay requested Akshay to avoid the clash, and reportedly the actor agreed to it.

At the recently held press conference, Sanjay Leela Bhansali confirmed the same saying, “‘Padmaavat’ has been made after facing a lot of difficulties, so we decided on release date of 25 Jan but it was with Akshay Kumar for release of his film 'PadMan'. We requested him to move release date of his film ahead and he agreed. We will be grateful to him for a lifetime.”

Akshay Kumar added, “It is essential for them to release the film ‘Padmaavat’ as quickly as possible, so I agreed to move the release date of my film 'PadMan' ahead, which will now be released on Feb 9.”

This means that ‘Padman’ will clash with Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Aiyaary’, starring Manoj Bajpayee, Sidharth Malhotra, Rakul Preet Singh and Pooja Chopra, which shifted its release date from 26th January to 9th February to avoid clashing with two big-budget movies.

Both the movies will clash with ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, which stars ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ jodi – Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh.