PadMan-Padmaavat

Akshay Kumar’s (left) “PadMan” is likely to clash with Sanjay Leela Bhansali ‘s “Padmaavat” featuring Deepika Padukone (right) as the buzz is that Bhansali will set the release date of his film on Jan. 26, rather the earlier announced Feb. 9. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—Though Neeraj Pandey told India-West that he will only confirm or otherwise by the coming Monday, there are heavy chances that his “Aiyaary” will be (wisely) postponed to Feb. 9 and “PADMA…” will be the operative keyword for Jan. 26 weekend?

There is buzz that Sanjay Leela Bhansali will set the release date of “Padmaavat” on Jan. 26, rather the earlier announced Feb. 9. This will put it in direct competition with Akshay Kumar’s “PadMan” that releases the same week on Jan. 25. So we will have a “PADMAn” versus “PADMAvaat” clash, as the producers of the former have refused to defer their release date!

Will Akshay Kumar, therefore, clash with his “Rowdy Rathore” and “Gabbar…Is Back” producer (Bhansali) instead of old friend and associate Pandey? The world waits with baited breath for a clash and news report far more dramatic than the much-hyped “Raees”-“Kaabil” clash same time last year.

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