Bollywood and clashes have become a frequent combination lately. With so many big stars interested in grabbing the festival release date, clashes are becoming more frequent and sometimes, uglier than ever. Looking at a business perspective, one has to understand that it’s not always possible to avoid to clash at box office as festival dates give a natural boost in earnings.
With last years’ Raees vs Kaabil clash which is one of the ugliest ones in Bollywood history, there are lots of talks about the clash between Padman and Aiyaary on 26th January, 2018. As clarified by Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey, it’s not really a clash but a sensible decision by both the makers.
It should be a standard protocol to release one big film and one mild budget movie on the festival or a big holiday in India as it gives a great opportunity for both the films as well as choices for audience. Now, coming to the nature of these two films, Padman and Aiyaary are films of different genres. Padman is a social story, based on a real personality while Aiyaary is a suspense thriller.
It would be wrong to say that the target audience is different because it’s not. Audience will be interested in watching both the movies. Without a doubt, Akshay Kumar starrer Padman is a bigger film than Aiyaary so it will be getting bigger screen share and Neeraj Pandy would be aware and most importantly, OK with it so there are no last minute changes or controversies on that front.
With Padman releasing in around 3000-3500 screens (not official numbers) and Aiyaary in 1600-2000 screens (not official), there won’t be any clash or dissatisfaction. A big release date like 26th January, i.e. Republic Day holiday, can easily include two movies.
The last and the best factor is that Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey are very good friends and Akshay is a constant lead face in Neeraj Pandey’s films like Baby and Special 26 so there will be absolutely no worry about clash and all that ugly stuff. This is actually a sensible decision to release both the movies on the same day.
Akshay Kumar is a very disciplined actor and that’s why the production cost of Padman will be less and with 26th January holiday, the film will be earning huge and entering the profitable zone in no time if it clicks with audience. Same goes with Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary which doesn’t have a big budget and it will surely get a holiday advantage. Besides, these films won’t be any hurdles to each other as they have distinct topics.
Padman also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor and it is directed by R. Balki. Aiyaary stars Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra.