Both Padmavat and Padman are most awaited movies of this year. Previously, Padmavat is supposed to release in the month of December. However, the movie is delayed due certification and agitation of Karni Sena and several right wing groups. Now, Padmavat or Padmavati is releasing on 25th January, 2018 at last. On the same date, Akshay Kumar’s Padman is supposed to release also. Therefore, a clash at the box office may be seen. Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary has been scheduled to hit the screen on 26th January as well. However, they have at last shifted the date to 9th February now.
Padmavat is the dream project of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The movie is made out of a lavish budget. On the other hand, Akshay Kumar’s Padman is a social drama with a biographical base. Due to the clash, business of both the movie may be affected. So, it is certainly a risk. Even in last year, battle has been seen between two movies at the box office on Republic Week with Raees and Kaabil.
According to the trade expert Akshaye Rathi, lot of buzz can be seen around the movie. Benefit of extended weekend can be taken by these movies. It is said “While Padmavat has the disadvantage of clashing with Padman, it also has the advantage of an extended Republic Day weekend which will help to boost the business of both the films. Everyone who wants to watch Padmavat will watch it anyway irrespective of whether it comes solo or with Padman. I am sure both the films will do well and it would be a phenomenal Republic Day weekend for the entire film fraternity.”
In spite of the controversy, Ranver Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer is attracting a lot of eye balls. Similarly, Akshay Kumar’s Padman has a star and social message of the movie is garnering huge amount of praise as well. Both the movies are looked as a multiplex movie. Therefore Padmavat may do well at the beginning. However, Padman may do better in later half.