Pad Man release date moved back; stars of Padmaavat thank Akshay Kumar

Pad Man and Padmaavat were both originally scheduled to release on the same weekend until Kumar moved the date of his film to February 9

A scene from Pad Man.
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The lead actors of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's much-awaited Padmaavat thanked Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar for shifting his film Pad Man to February 9.

Pad Man is a biopic film inspired by the life of social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham who went on a mission to provide low-cast sanitary napkins machines to poor women in rural areas of India.

With Kumar moving the date back a week, this allows for Padmaavat to release without competition.

Actress Deepika Padukone who is playing the title role in the film, expressing her gratitude to Akshay, wrote on her Twitter:

Shahid Kapoor, who also plays a key role, tweeted:

Ranveer Singh also thanked Kumar by tweeting:

The film features Padukone as Rani Padmavati along with Kapoor playing Maharawal Ratan Singh and Singh as Sultan Alauddin Khilji.

On , alongside the director Bhansali, Akshay announced the reschedule release date of his film. Respecting his gesture, Bhansali said, "I will be grateful to Akshay for a lifetime."

Padmavaat is releasing on January 25 while Pad Man is released on February 9

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