Neeraj Pandey's Aiyaari is all set for a box office with Akshay Kumar's PadMan on Republic Day. An industry insider told news agency IANS that the clash is Neeraj's deliberate attempt to "take on Akshay." Neeraj Pandey and Akshay have given memorable hits like Special 26 and Baby but after financial differences led to the shelving of their proposed project Crack, the actor and director are reportedly not on speaking terms. "Neeraj Pandey is very much aware that Akshay's PadMan is releasing on January 26. Neeraj still went ahead with the release of Aiyaary. Why? Because the two have fallen out over financial issues. Their proposed fourth film together 'Crack' which was to be made and released on Independence Day, has also been shelved," the insider told IANS.
Akshay has another film coming up soon after PadMan, which is Rajinikanth's 2.0. Earlier there were reports that 2.0 will release on Republic Day having been postponed once. However, Akshay announced January 26 as the release date for PadMan, which is his wife Twinkle Khanna's first film as producer under Mrs FunnyBones Movies.
PadMan is directed by R Balki and it also stars Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
(With inputs from IANS)