Akshay wants Gold to vacate the Independence Day slot for 2.0

Buzz has it that superstar Akshay Kumar has requested the makers of his forthcoming film Gold to push its release to another date. Directed by Reema Kagti, the period drama was scheduled to hit screens on 15th August 2018. But since the makers of Kumar’s another much-anticipated film 2.0 are also eyeing to roll out their movie on the same date, the actor wants to avoid the big box office clash between his own films at any cost and hence, has requested the makers of Gold to come on a different date.

“The release of Gold was postponed since the Rajinikanth starrer Robot 2.0, which was initially slated to release on April 27, was pushed to release on August 15. Now given the fact that Akshay Kumar features prominently in 2.0, it would not make sense for the actor to have two of his own films go head to head on the big screen. Hence to avoid this clash, Akshay Kumar has requested Excel Entertainment’s Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar to push the release of Gold, which of course the makers have adhered to,” reveals a source close to the development.

Gold revolves around a fictional story set against the backdrop of true incidents about India winning its first gold medal in hockey as a free nation in the 1948 Summer Olympics, while 2.0 is a sci-fi film, starring Akshay in an out-and-out negative role.

Though no official statement has been released by the makers of Gold and 2.0 announcing the reshuffle in release dates, insiders don’t deny the news.