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Padmavati: Here are all the potential release dates Sanjay Leela Bhansali can bank on

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After Viacom 18 Motion Pictures voluntarily deferred the release date of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much anticipated period drama Padmavati, the makers might have found themselves in a fix. Given the sheer volume of films that Bollywood is churning out every month, there is a paucity of release dates.

While the big budget entertainer would have enjoyed a solo release on 1 December, there is little hope of it seeing the light of the day this year. With every Friday of December packed with at least two releases (both Bollywood and Hollywood), Padmavati will not get the same positioning as it was getting originally.

Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati

Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmavati

Production houses are already reserving release date of their films for not only next year but also 2019, as is the case with Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, starring Ranveer Singh in the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev, which is slated to release on 5 April, 2019.

In 2018, the first favourable release date of Padmavati would be 12 January, the immediate Friday before Makar Sakranti. However, there is low probability that the makers would be able to ensure a smooth release, given the current state of protests against its release.

Also, the film is yet to be certified by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which recently imposed the rule that the makers must submit their film for certification 68 days in advance of their expected release date. Besides, even if Padmavati affords to book 12 January as its release date, it will clash with Vikram Bhatt’s horror film 1921, starring Zareen Khan and Karan Kundra.

The next potential big release date is 26 January, the Republic Day weekend. Since S Shankar’s science fiction entertainer 2.0 has reportedly been postponed, it would have been a good window for Bhansali. However, Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey pulled their releases, R Balki’s Padman and Sidharth Malhotra starrer Aiyaary, ahead to 26 January. Given Kumar’s pan-Indian popularity and the patriotic flavour of Pandey’s film, Bhansali’s historical will have a tough time holding its own at the box office.

Akshay Kumar in poster of Padman. Image via Twitter

Akshay Kumar in poster of Padman

In February, one good window that Bhansali could capitalise on is the Valentine’s Day weekend. But since the occasion falls in the middle of the week, he would have to choose between 9 or 16 February. While he will have Anushka Sharma starrer Pari and Luv Ranjan’s romantic comedy Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety to contend with on the former, the latter will pit his film against Fifty Shades Darker, almost a fool-proof hit on V-Day.

Our pick, however, is the first Friday of March, as 2 March coincides with Holi. Given the wide spectrum that Bhansali splashes on his 70mm canvas, Holi seems to be the perfect release occasion for Padmavati. Also, so far, there is no other release scheduled for 2 March.

The next suitable release date for Padmavati would be the Good Friday weekend. A 30 March release could provide just the right push that it needs but in that case, it would also have to compete with yet another long awaited film in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor.

Since Wikipedia has already frozen 6 April as Padmavati‘s release date, let us figure out how that scenario would turn out, if indeed the film releases on that day. Its box office dominance is likely to get diluted since the effect of Dutt is expected to spill into the second week. But Padmavati could hold its ground on the basis of merit and secure a decent opening, if it releases a week after Hirani’s film.

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The only other profitable release window for the film in the span of the next six months would be any Friday of May, as the summer vacation kicks off that month. But the only date available in May is the first Friday. Meghna Gulzar’s espionage thriller Raazi (starring Alia Bhatt), Shashanka Ghosh’s Veere Di Wedding (starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sonam Kapoor) and Vikramaditya Motwane’s tentatively titled Bhavesh Joshi (starring Harshvardhan Kapoor) have already booked their release dates for 11, 18 and 25 May respectively.

But if Padmavati releases on 4 May, which is when the vacation is right around the corner, it will face competition from Ahmed Khan’s action drama Baaghi 2, starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani. However, the toughest challenge that Padmavati faces is to avoid repeated delays, sustain the buzz and deliver what the fans expect out of a typical Bhansali potboiler that kept them waiting for so long.


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Padmavati: Jaipur court accepts complaint of ‘disrupting tourism’ against film’s crew

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Nov,24 2017 09:08 41 IST

Jaipur: A local court in Jaipur on Thursday (23 November) accepted a complaint against filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actors Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and others in regard to ongoing controversy relating to their forthcoming film Padmavati.

The court has not directly sent the complaint to police for registration of FIR but has asked for recording of statement of the complainant.

“The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate while accepting the complaint has said that it will record my statement on November 27 under Section 200 of CrPC,” complainant Bhawani Shankar Sharma told IANS.

Still from Padmavati

Still from Padmavati

The court, on 22 November, had completed hearing on the matter and deferred the order till Thursday. Sharma, in his complaint, has alleged that the film hurts sentiments of many, not alone Rajputs.

Violent protests were held that badly hurt unity and integrity of the country, he said in the plea. “The news about this also spread in foreign countries too which affected tourists’ arrivals and also the tourists who are in the country faced many problems because of this.”

His lawyer Farid Khan said that the crew did not follow the rules and legal provisions in this regard. “How can Bhansali screen movies to select few before showing it to the censor board,” he asked.

Padmavati has been marred in controversies since its shooting started. In January, activists of the Karni Sena had manhandled with its crew here and vandalised equipment, claiming that Bhansali was “distorting” historical facts in the movie.

Karni Sena activists earlier this month vandalised a theatre in Kota over reports that it was showing the film’s trailer and a leader of the outfit threatened Padukone, who plays the title role, over her “provocative statements”.

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Actor Prakash Raj sends legal notice to BJP MP Pratap Simha over alleged trolling

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Nov,24 2017 09:56 57 IST

Bengaluru: Kannada actor Prakash Raj on Thursday (23 November) sent a legal notice to BJP Lok Sabha member from the state Pratap Simha over his alleged trolling of the actor.

“I have sent a legal notice to Pratap Simha as a citizen of this country for the way he has trolled me which has disturbed my personal life. I am asking him to answer legally and if he doesn’t, I will be taking legal action,” Raj told reporters in Bengaluru.

Simha, who represents Mysuru constituency, had tweeted on 2 October, “Being sad due to son’s death, having left your wife and ran behind a dancer, Mr. Raj, do you have any right to say anything to (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister) Yogi (Adityanath), (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi.”

Prakash Raj. Image courtesy Facebook/@PrakashRajOfficial

Prakash Raj. Image courtesy Facebook/@PrakashRajOfficial

The tweet from Simha, along with a link to an article by a Kannada website with the same line as its headline, had come just after the actor had blamed Prime Minister Modi for following those people on social media who were celebrating the murder of senior Kannada editor and activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead on 5 September.

Raj had also criticised the UP Chief Minister for his statements and said he was a “better actor than him and that he must give away his national awards to him”.

Reacting to the legal notice, Simha told a Kannada news channel that he had only retweeted the article. “Even Twitter mentions that retweets don’t necessarily mean endorsements. I had only retweeted an article,” Simha had responded.

Raj said the legal notice had nothing to do with the political party that Simha belongs to, but was only a fight against the individual. “Let the court decide if he should remain in politics. Citizens will not stop asking questions,” the 52-year-old actor said, calling Simha a “serial offender”.

Raj had lost his son at the age of five few years ago.

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