Nov 152017

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar unveiled the first look of Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte from their upcoming film ‘Padman’, a socio-drama that focuses on menstruation and women’s health. Inspired by the life of Coimbatore-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who found a way to make affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village, ‘Padman’ is set to release during the Republic Day weekend on January 26, 2018. The film has been written and directed by R. Balki. While sharing Radhika’s look from ‘Padman’ on Twitter, Akshay Kumar wrote, “The REASON he became #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018…” He also shared a picture of Sonam Kapoor from the film and captioned it, “The STRENGTH behind #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018…”

See Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte’s look from ‘Padman’:

Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar
Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar in a still from ‘Padman’. Pics/Akshay Kumar’s Twitter account

Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte
Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in ‘Padman’

Akshay Kumar sent shock waves in the industry when he announced that his home production, Padman will hit theatres on Republic Day 2018. It was viewed as hara-kiri by many since Rajinikanth’s magnum opus, 2.0, which also stars Kumar as the negative lead, had already booked January 25 for its release.

In an interview to mid-dayas part of the conversation series, Sit with Hitlist, Akshay Kumar finally opened up on the Padman-2.0 debate. When asked if he considers pitting two of his projects against one another a wise move, he said, “There is a lot of false information that is being circulated over both films releasing on the same day. Why would I clash with my own film? It will be either Padman or 2.0.”

Also read: Rajinikanth’s 2.0 Might Not Release Before Mid-2018?

Does this imply that Rajini’s mega-budget film will be pushed to a later date? Rumours had suggested that Shankar’s sci-fi drama wouldn’t be able to meet the January 25 deadline as its special effects were not complete. On being probed if 2.0’s release will be postponed, Kumar diplomatically maintained, “While Padman is a film that I have produced, 2.0 belongs to Shankar, Rajinikanth and Lyca Productions. They will decide whether they want to release the film on Republic Day. If they do, I will postpone Padman and if they don’t, I will go ahead.”

The actor added that his decision to advance Padman‘s release from April 13 to R-Day stemmed from the fact that a holiday release is an advantageous business proposition.

See Akshay Kumar’s tweets below:

The STRENGTH behind #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018.

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2017

The REASON he became #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018.

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2017

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