The release dates of Padman and 2.0 will not clash, according to the actor in both movies. Akshay Kumar, who has also produced Padman, told the tabloid Mid-Day, “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.”

In Shankar’s big-budget sequel to Enthiran, Akshay Kumar’s bird-man Richard faces off against Rajinikanth’s humanoid robot Chitti. While some reports had stated that the release date of 2.0 was pushed from January 25 to April 13 in 2018, Lyca Productions Creative Head Raju Mahalingam told Scroll.in that 2.0 would be out as scheduled. 2.0 is being released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu and is one of 2018’s biggest releases.

The rumours about 2.0 were sparked off by the announcement that Padman was being released on January 26, 2018. Trade analysts assumed that Kumar, being an astute producer apart from being a commercially viable star, would ensure that Padman did not clash with 2.0, his first Tamil production and one of the biggest films in his career. Kumar offered to change Padman’s release date again if 2.0, which is also being made in 3D, was completed on schedule. “While Padman is a film that I have produced, 2.0 belongs to Shankar, Rajinikanth and Lyca Productions,” Akshay Kumar added in the interview. “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.”

Padman (2017).
Padman (2017).