Padmavat, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali finally got its release date yesterday. With a missing ‘I’ and few minor cuts, the film is all set to give Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai a run for its money, which has been enjoying an unfettered run at the box office since last month. Enough reason to rejoice? We guess not. Because also releasing on January 25 is the month’s other most-awaited release – Akshay Kumar’s PadMan.
It is apparent that PadMan and Padmavat are poles apart in terms of their themes and plots. Padmavat is a period drama that revolves around the Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh) led Sultanate’s siege on the impregnable fortress of Chittorgarh ruled by King Maha Rana Rawal Singh (Shahid Kapoor) for the honour of his queen – Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone). PadMan, on the other hand, is a social drama based on the story of Arunachalam Murugunantham, the man behind making cheap and affordable sanitary pads. But however different the two films be, a clash is a clash. And with the limited number of screens available for the two, it is going to be a difficult fight for both.