Clash with Padman wasn't expected, says irritated Sidharth Malhotra
Mumbai: The Bollywood calender got shaken after Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar decided to change the release date of much-awaited 'Padman' to February 9. The move gave 'Padmaavat' a solo release while made things difficult for Neeraj Pandey's 'Aiyaari'
"Aiyaary", which had almost escaped a clash with 'Padman' by shifting its release date from January 25 to February 9. was expecting to make the most of the long Republic Day weekend.
Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who plays a pivotal role in "Aiyaary", feels the clash between the movie and Akshay Kumar's "Pad Man" could have been avoided. But he says he can only hope for the best now.
However, Akshay Kumar, as a move in support of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and to let "Padmaavat" get a solo release, shifted "Pad Man" to February 9, bringing the situation back to square one -- clashing with "Aiyaary".
"Yes, it irritates, but now it's too late. What can we do now? Look, we announced the date first. When 'Pad Man' makers unveiled their release date, we were gracious enough to shift our release date to avoid the clash," said Sidharth.
"This situation could have resolved earlier, people could have stuck to their dates, respecting others' space. I was not expecting the makers of 'Pad Man' to release their film with us, especially the second time. We thought we will get a solo release. See, eventually the fate of the film will speak for itself. We are confident about our film, it has its audience. Now that we cannot change anything, we can hope for the best." he added.
In "Aiyaary", Sidharth plays an Army officer who has an ideological difference with another senior officer, played by Manoj Bajpayee. The movie also features Rakul Preet Singh, Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah.